Monday, September 14, 2015

Dragons Chasing Phoenixes, Shaxi

Perhaps the most iconic landmark of Shaxi is the Kuixing Tower and Theater, located on the market square on Sideng Street. Built during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), it is also one of the biggest buildings in town. Unfortunately, it was closed during my stay. Once restorations are completed, I'm sure it will be quite splendid. 
The wooden cupola below one of the theater tower's sloped roof contained a beautiful panting of a phoenix and dragon.

Colorfully painted phoenixes and dragons could also be seen protruding from the building.
It's rather unusual for a theatre to be situated directly across from a Buddhist temple. The Bai ethnic people of Shaxi (who also worked on the restoration) believe that theatrical performances would be quite enjoyable for Buddha.

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