Religion in China is a complicated matter. Taoism, buddhism, lamanism, shamanism etc. not only coexist with one another, but sometimes make up a new quality, such as the Naxi Dongba cult (I will hopefully return to the topic in a separate video on the Chinese ethnic minorities). However, the symbols of buddhism seem to dominate the landscape. There are tens of thousand statues of Buddha and his disciples, the characteristic architectural shapes of pagoda tower house today also secular institutions as well as temples of other worships, such as islam and christianity. The leading theme of the video comes from the observation that most of the Buddha statues present a joy of life. So, an image of the smiling Buddha will forever belong to my Chinese memories. Only back home I learned that the phrase "smiling buddha" became the codename of the first Indian nuclear test explosion. Unfortunately so.