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Yes, that is a gilded Christmas tree, but it is used for a totally different purpose, thus taking on a different meaning.

Inside the temple, in a side alcove, is a shrine to Qwan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy, Compassion and Motherhood. Qwan Yin started out as a male diety, but changed over time into a female. Women who wish to become pregnant pray to Qwan Yin.

The outside of the temporary temple.

Preparations for the prayers. The woman dressed in white is one of the people who promised to keep 8 commandments during the ceremony.