It did cheer up enough to get out, although it was still quite dark which did impede decent photography. Still, a few choice pictures from today attached.
I have to say that visitors to the Buddhist sites in China seem to fall into the same 4 categories I have devised when witnessing people in churches and cathdrals.
1) The Genuinely Devout
2) The I'll pray to anything if it will help. Is this ashtray holy? Best pray to it anyway to be on the safe side.
3) The I don't really believe in this but think I should keep my hand in just in case
4) The Tourists
As always I'm in camp 4.
I understand and sympathise with the campaign JP advertises over on Argy Bargey but it's hard to argue that religions don't have their place when it comes to funding and constructing great works of architecture though.
It does occur to me that Buddhist sites must be particularly prone to being burnt to the ground by the amounts of incence that people burn and wave around. Windy days must be a particular problem. Fire hoses and extinguishers are in evidence more than you'd expect for China!