The most conspicuous object in a Chinese village is generally a temple, and this building often gives its name to the hamlet. Thus the wall surrounding a temple is covered with red plaster, and the village is dubbed Red Temple. In a few years the plaster falls off, but the name sticks. Temples are frequently associated with the families which were prominent in their construction, and the name of the village is very likely to be derived from this source, as Wang Chia Miao, the Temple of the Wang Family; the Hua Chia Ssu, the monastery of the Hua Family. If there happen to be two temples of a similar appearance, the village may get the title of Double Temple, and
in general any peculiarity in edifices of this sort is likely to be stereotyped in the village name.