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Make Wishes and Spread Love in Guangdong

January 24, 2017 Destination North Asia No Comments Email Email

The Chinese New Year is usually viewed as the best time for people to make wishes for themselves and their families, especially in Southern China’s Guangdong Province where various religions coexist in harmony, including Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Catholicism and Christianity.

Huineng, the Sixth Patriarch of Zen Buddhism and Matsu, Chinese goddess of the sea are both idols that inspire the people of Guangdong to pursue goodness and be calm with both favorable and unfavorable fortunes.

In Guangdong, there are many renowned temples that are frequented by tourists. During the Chinese New Year, temples such as Nanhua Temple in Shaoguan City, Guangxiao Temple in Guangzhou City, Qingyun Temple in Zhaoqing City, Kaiyuan Temple in Chaozhou City, Yunmen Temple in Ruyuan City and Guo’en Temple in Xinxing City will hold special activities where tourists can experience the unique religion while praying for themselves and their families to be happy, healthy and successful in the following year.

Apart from the all kinds of religious, folk and amusement activities, the Chinese New Year will also witness the spread of kindness and love across Guangdong Province and even to other parts of the world. During last year’s Chinese New Year, BBC documentary team came to China to shoot the world’s largest celebration. The team witnessed the nation-wide Chinese New Year travel rush, enjoyed ice lanterns in Harbin, watched the folk art of splattering molten iron in Hebei Province, and observed golden monkeys in Yunnan Province. More importantly, they interviewed the residents in Zhaoqing who volunteered to help tens of thousands of passing-by migrant workers who were riding motorcycles on their way home for a family reunion. The Zhaoqing people provided hot water and ginger porridge at every rest stop and even offered free motorcycle repair service. Two BBC staff even learned how to cook ginger porridge from the Zhaoqing people. The documentary has helped broadcast the enthusiasm of Guangdong to many other places. Meanwhile, Zhongshan, another city of Guangdong, also organized similar charity activities every year on the seventh day of the Chinese New Year when thousands of people began to return to work.

The Chinese New Year in Guangdong is really warm both for its climate and kind services.

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