Tag Archives: Temples

Temples and Tourism: What Happens When Religious Sites Become Tourist Destinations?

A dream vacation of exploring ancient temples and ruins in China sounds like the trip of a lifetime. However what happens, after the tourists return back home? For this assignment, I chose to take a look at this question by researching how the tourism industry of Chinese Buddhist temples has affected the religion of Buddhism itself, […]



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The Westerner’s Guide to Chinese Buddhist Temples

    Don’t you just hate American tourists? No? Most of the world feels differently. Westerners, U.S. citizens in particular, are notorious for steamrolling through cultures they visit. We stuff our bags to the brim, rent an air-conditioned car with tinted windows, swipe our shiny credit cards, stay in a franchised hotel, take pictures of “the sites” […]

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The Shaolin Temple: A Cultural Uprising

The Shaolin Temple is the ‘original’ temple for Buddhist monks to train, meditate and practice other rituals. One aspect of this meditation practiced by the Shaolin monks is the art of Kung Fu, a now widely known method of martial arts, which all stemmed from the Shaolin Temple. Normally, when thinking of Buddhism one might […]



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Chinese Buddhist Temples

Ben Spall Cor 330 Kerry Noonan December 4, 2015 For my final project I decided to try something more on the creative side and make a Buddhist temple travel guide for tourists coming to China from around the world. Travel guides are a great way to advertise as well as inform the public on popular […]



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Mogao Caves: A Thousand Years of Buddhist History

All the way on the other side of the world, in the Gansu province of China, you will find the oasis city of Dunhuang. The city, whose name means “Blazing Beacon”, is situated near the western side of the Gobi Desert. Dunhuang has always attracted many travelers. Today it is a popular tourist site, but […]



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