Well to be honest I can't recall ever seeing any priests or monks tending to temple grounds. The majority of sites I've seen were empty or didn't have religious staff. Although of course there are religiously active sites because Taoism and Buddhism is still practised in China, my impression (confirmed by all the Chinese I've ever spoken to) is that these were in a minority - not least because few Chinese pray when they visit these locations.All temples have a religious staff tending to temple grounds, whether that's buddhist monks or taoist priests.
See above. Christianity is an interesting one because a lot of people don't pray when they visit churches or cathedrals, although regarding the Japanese a clear majority do pray when they go to a shrine or temple.So what makes Chinese temples "less cultural" than western cathedrals or Japanese shrines?
So that means flooding them under the dam was ok because there were more of them?China has A LOT of archaeological sites.
To put it another way, in the UK fracking is extremely controversial and hasn't taken off because people are against it, largely because of what they fear it will do to the environment and landscape. Whereas I have a feeling China wouldn't be concerned about that at all (and the last I read it was pushing ahead with fracking very eagerly).
I'm sure you feel very sure of your own position. I'm only sharing my own viewpoint.