No, I am not becoming Buddhist. I just love Austin Powers movies. This is an image of the Chinese Laughing Buddha at the Lingying Temple in Hangzhou on New Year’s Day. Notice Buddha’s long ear lobes. All Buddhas have them, a little factoid of which I was previously unaware. I forget why they have them but I can tell you that their hair, if they have any, should be blue because they touch the sky.
The next photo is Chinese New Year fare. Can you identify the swinging food?
The last photo is a sign in the temple gift shop. Remember to stow your guns and cameras, tourists!