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Fireflies Engulf a Nanjing Temple Complex Creating a Mythical Scene

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  • 2016

The world has an amazing spot for watching fireflies, and it’s a mystical place. Linggu Templeco complex in Nanjing, China, offers a unique place to experience dusk surrounded by thousands of fireflies.

The tourist destination gained firefly fame after Sun Chen, a photographer from Nanjing, uploaded some pictures of the glowing insects at dusk. Ever since his photos went public, the temple has been a great destination for people from around the world who want to see the phenomenon for themselves.

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Part of the popularity of the fireflies comes from their increasing rarity. Chinese children see fewer and fewer fireflies, but the mountains where the temples are built host tens of thousands of them. The environment of the centuries-old temple complex only adds to the mystical feeling of seeing hordes of the glowing insects while the sun sets. The soft glow of the fireflies against the gray of the stones, steeped in the mountainous terrain around Nanjing, has only helped increase the destination’s popularity.

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Fireflies are a type of beetle that use their body to attract mates. But instead of working out and eating healthy, this type of insect will literally radiate their qualities to attract the opposite sex. Although fireflies are found around the world, the Nanjing temple complex is a hotbed for firefly dating. And with the thousands of fireflies in the air at the same time, it also makes a perfect date night for the humans who come to watch the love that’s radiating in the air.

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