In many places in China, the superstitious custom of going to a temple and burning special paper is still quite poplar. Vendors clustered near temples sell stacks of fake money and paper made to look like silver or gold ingots. These facsimiles of wealth are burned to transmit wealth to disembodied relatives floating in the spiritual realm of the deceased or to wish for wealth for oneself or to appease the gods.
I took this photo during Spring Festival, shortly before Chinese New Year, 2014. A lot of special paper goes up in smoke around that time of year, as people hope for good fortune in the new year. The women on the electric moped in the photo was hauling a number of bags of gold and silver paper. Behind her is the entranceway to a temple in an old section of Anyang City, China. The red paper littering the cement around her are the remnants of a string of exploded firecrackers. Lighting firecrackers is also popular during China’s Spring Festival.