A temple, which is said to be built in Tang Dynasty, locates at Jingzhou, Hubei Province, a famous historic town in China. Jade Emperor (玉皇大帝), the most powerful god in Han culture, has been worshiped in this temple for thousands of years. Though the paint was peeling and the red door looks weather-stained, we can still imagine how stately the temple used to be through the rusted knocker. I visited here at the very beginning of the new year, and thus happened to see quite some people stopped by to pray for blessings in the new year. Years may pass and times may change, but there are always something we share in common with our ancestries: our culture, our values, our most simple wishes for better lives.
Traditional Chinese architecture has a host of different elements which could be seen as its “symbols” and horsehead wall is definitely one of them. In Chinese, horsehead wall is called “馬頭牆”, which means that the shape of the wall is similar to the head of horses. Originated from Anhui Province and therefore naturally be an indispensable signature of Hui-styled architecture, nowadays, horsehead walls could be found in a lot of old-fashioned houses in South China, especially in villages along both sides of the Yangtze River.