Our city has four pagodas. All are active Buddhist worship sites. The one we went to today is the Nanta or South Tower. It is next to the temple where we looked around.
Door to the temple with Yin and Yang symbols.
The temple is located in the middle of a residential neighborhood. It was very quiet and full of color and burning incense.
Woman offering incense and bowing.
We met this extremely lively Taoist nun. She is 83 years old and has lived there for over 40 years. She told us that this convent was Taoist and not Buddhist. She took us into a side room, gave us water, explained to us about Taoism and told us about the convent. There is also a monastery across town. She gave us a copy of the sacred book of Taoism- the doctrine of the Mean. She was delightful.
Nan Ta next to the convent.
After that we rode up to our original historical destination. We decided to save it for another day, and instead rode over to the oldest church in Shenyang - Dong Guan.
Dong Guan is an active church of over 5,000 attendees. It was founded by Presbyterian missionary John Ross. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Ross_(missionary)
Again, we met a lovely woman there who showed us around. The pastor (an elderly woman) was there and was sitting in the museum having her lunch. She was quite elderly and has apparently passed on her responsibilities to her daughter. We toured the church and the small bookstore and pretty gardens. People were praying and working and it was generally quite lovely and peaceful.
Inside of one part of the church. They were getting ready for a wedding.
After this, we decided to go to the Liaoning Provincial Museum. We had been there before but not finished all the rooms. Plus it was free and air conditioned. Also, it is next to a Hui (Muslim) neighborhood and we wanted to get some Hui bread.
First we stopped for lunch and then went to the museum.
When we finished at the museum, we went searching for a baker. Instead, we found the mosque.
Beautiful entrance. I love these round doors.
We stayed on the outside and looked in.
We probably rode our bikes 20 miles today in the 93 degree heat. We came home exhausted but feeling like it was a day well spent.