This is terrible. An ancient temple with over 1,400 years worth of history was completely ravaged in a fire early this morning in Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi province.
The Fulong Temple dates back to the Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577 AD), according to Sina. The temple was completely destroyed by the flames within an hour. It’s unclear how the fire started.
Images taken by residents document the engulfed building being burned down to its frame.
Here’s the temple in its better days.