Incredible photos show just some of the 350,000 tourists who squeezed into a popular holy site in one day during recent Chinese New Year celebrations.
Taihao Mausoleum, an "AAAA" tourist site - fourth highest on China’s five-tier ranking - was open for just 21 hours when it racked up the record-breaking figures, which were 11.6 percent higher than last year’s tourist numbers.
The mausoleum and temple dedicated to the mythological Chinese emperor Fuxi, who is believed to have taught the earliest civilisations how to hunt, fish, and cook, is visited by hundreds of thousands of superstitious Chinese every year.
It was built in the year 1513 in what is today Huaiyang County, in Central China’s Henan Province, and on the grounds of what is also a museum there are bronze statues of notorious Song Dynasty (960 AD to 1279 AD) chancellor Qin Kuai, who is regarded as a traitor for causing the wrongful execution of Chinese general Yue Fei.
Visitors pay their respects to Yue Fei - a native of Henan - by "punishing" the statues of Qin Kuai, slapping them across the face and hitting them on the head.
Traditional beliefs have it that if visitors place their hands on an aching body part and then touch the statues of Qin Kuai, they can transfer any ailments onto the traitorous former chancellor.
The annual traditional practice is observed across the country, where countless of Qin Kuai statues were also built - and spat on on a regular basis.