Incredible photos from a Taoist temple show how hundreds of thousands of devotees turned up to wish for fortune in the Year of the Rooster.


The annual gathering of worshipers happens on the fifth day of every Chinese New Year, when the God of Wealth is believed to return to Earth from the heavens.


Countless superstitious citizens from Wuhan, capital of Central China’s Hubei Province, then undergo the pilgrimage to the city’s Guiyuan Temple, where they burn incense and pray for the god’s blessings.


A large number of employees are also present, including several thousand police officers and firemen, to help maintain peace and order during the incredibly crowded traditional practice.


Fire engines are also on standby just in case the incense sets fire to temple grounds.


But those hoping to bow at the temple still have to wait several hours in the queue for their turn, as some devotees have even turned up from other provinces - all in the name of fortune.


Taoist followers will also be visiting other temples across the country in order to pray to gods who are believed to grant anything from academic success, to safety and fertility.


The temple honouring the God of Wealth - known as "caishen" in Mandarin - was first built during the 15th year of the Qing Dynasty (1644 to 1912) under Emperor Shunzhi’s reign - which converts to 1658 on the Western calendar.


It has undergone numerous renovations and now boasts a total land area of 4.67 acres.


Author: Scott Feng

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