It was common to see Confucius Temple and Chenghuang (City God) Temple, which were the official temples, in every county town during the Qing Dynasty. At that time, the entire region of Kaohsiung and Pingtung was under the jurisdiction of Fongshan County, and the county town was positioned in today’s Zuoying. The old-city Chenghuang Temple has been protecting the people of southern Taiwan since 1704. Lord Chenghuang is the judge of the underworld, and he has an abacus to add up the good and evil deeds of the dead souls. The “Ask Your Heart” abacus hung above the main court of the temple reminds the coming visitors to ask themselves if they have made things right.With the figures of strict Ciye (the Seventh Lord) and Baye (the Eighth Lord) standing on the two sides, Chenghuang Temple certainly is the most influencing temple to the local people.
The present old-city Chenghuang Temple was reconstructed in 1968.The cultural relics left from the old temple are now displayed in the “Cultural Artifacts Exhibition Hall” on the third floor.They are the precious relics of the temple opened for exhibition only during the Chinese New Year, unless visitors apply for their visits in advance.
Asia is the biggest continent on Earth, a darling little gem floating around in space.Hm, what is Asia? Who's in on it?China and India are safe bets for Asian nations. Korea, Japan, Thailand, you're fine.Europe? No. Europe would sort of be on the "Asian continent" if not for those pesky Ural mountains dividing things up in the middle, and then also the whole lineage of kings and wealth and nations and the EU and all that "give me my respect" stuff.Russia would probably be happiest as its own continent, so for now we'll leave it in "Eurasia" and just hope the natural gas supplies keep flowing.Pakistan and Afghanistan are dang close to Asia, but politically they show up in "Middle East" news stories an awful lot. Verdict: Eurasia.I guess we'll actually have to consider everything from Turkey on eastward to be "Eurasian", although the moniker seems overlappitory of the territory.The Asian economy is now officially raging like a wild furnace of lava that consumes everything in its path. Japan has had the largest individual economy in Asia for decades, but it is forecast that both India and China will outstrip Japan within twenty years.China is the largest holder of United States debt and is positioned to become the world's next superpower, provided that Godzilla doesn't return and decide to stomp everybody back into the Shang Dynasty.Text by Steve Smith.