Buddhists & Taoists Unite
One of the most popular deities in China, recognized by Buddhists and Taoists alike, is Guan Yin, an embodiment of the virtues of loving kindness and compassion. Guan Yin, whose name means 'the Hearer of the Cries of the World' is worshiped by sailors, farmers, merchants and women seeking to bear children. Her birthday sees believers flocking to temples and shrines to pray and make offerings of fruit and vegetables. No firecrackers are set off, as the goddess' presence alone is enough to deter evil spirits. It is traditional to eat vegetarian noodles on this day, the 19th day of the 2nd lunar month.
- Type: Festivals & Fairs
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While Beijing is the political capital of China, Shanghai is what people romanticize while dreaming of the mysterious Far East. Once a sleepy fishing village, it is now a pulsating cosmopolitan destination thanks to British colonialism which grasped it's strategic location as a port town. Present day Shanghai pleases its visitors with colonial remnants, shopping districts, river side gardens, nightlife, art, music and much more. If you are brave enough, do sample some strange cuisine like duck neck, sheep's heart or pig brains in spicy broth!