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Snickers for Confucius, juice box for Buddha

Wandered around Qingdao’s Licun Park 李村公园 for the first time on the afternoon of the Lantern Festival 元宵 just to see what there was to see. Turns out they have a temple to Confucius, which also accommodates Daoist and Buddhist deities and a pagoda you can climb up for the view. I thought the offerings in the temple were curious.


The incense sticks say, “All things according to one’s wishes” 万事如意 and “Certainly grant what is requested” 有求必应


The sign between Confucius’ (孔子) knees says, “Seat of the most sacred master Confucius” 孔子。The offering box behind the cushion says, “Merits and Virtues Box” 功德箱


Surely there’s a “Confucius say…” joke to be made involving that Snickers bar…


Laughing Buddha 布袋/笑佛 and Guanyin 观音 (on Confucius’ left) were faring much better than the God of Wealth 财神, who was over on Confucius’ other side.


Yay juice box! (Technically: a blueberry yogurt drink.)


There’s also a pagoda.


Chinese mythological beasts, which I can never keep straight, maintain watch over the solar water heaters of the apartments below.

2 thoughts on “Snickers for Confucius, juice box for Buddha”

    1. This isn’t uncommon. All kinds of whatever can be offered to the gods, though most common is fruit and baijiu and incense. And if you look at the places selling paper goods to burn to your ancestors, you get everything from BMWs to cell phones to KTV prostitutes.

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