by Jonathan H. X. Lee

A fascinating history of Mendocino’s Temple of Kwan Tai, built in the 19th century and now the only remaining historic Taoist temple on the northern California coast. It was named a California Historical Landmark in 1979. The temple is used for traditional Chinese rituals in which the officiant kneels and bows at the altar, placing offerings at the table in front of the altar, or burning the visitors’ paper wishes in the furnace. 2004