Temple Saw an Increase in the Number of Visitors during the Spring Festival Holiday
From February 9 to February 10 around 350,000 worshipers came to visit Hongfa Temple at the Fairy Lake Botanical Garden in Luohu to offer prayers and ask for blessing. This was the largest number of worshipers coming to the temple during the Spring Festival in the past 10 years.
According to Chinese Buddhists its part of their tradition to visit and worship at temples during the first day of the Spring Festival to pray and ask for good luck for the New Year. one worshiper said that this year a lot more people came compared to last year, he even had to wait more than 30 minutes to ride a shuttle bus that brings the worshipers to the temple since private cars were not allowed to enter the botanical garden. Some visitors opted to walk to the temple gate then rode the shuttle bus from there.
While the temple attracted worshipers others were attracted to other cultural venues in the city during the Spring Festival. Shenzhen Book City stayed open until 1 am last February 10 offering 32 percent discounts on all books. Store managers said that that the three major branches found in Futian , Nanshan and Luohu have reported total sales revenues for more than 5 million yuan during the holidays. During the seven day holiday there were more than 45 cultural events held ranging from folk art exhibitions, performances, sales promotion and lectures.