The Wusheng Temple in Xingping at first just seems a lovely example of a small village temple, but in fact it is one of the oldest in China – with over 1800 years of history.

In particular, the murals on the walls are absolutely fascinating, depicting scenes of the Li River and other landscapes, local people of the Bai Yue minority ethnic group going about their daily lives, and historical stories.

As with many Chinese temples, the colour red is everywhere, with lanterns and  ribbons on the rafters and trees. However, unalike the temples found in large cities such as Beijing, this one isn’t modernly painted in slightly too bright colours – instead, you can admire the wood carving and see traces of ancient paintwork.


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