My Avatar dreams have led me visiting Zhangzhejia in China where a sea of stone columns just rise amazingly from the ground!
What is more amazing is that there are trees on top of the “helmet”!!
Sometimes we never know what are on top of roofs.
Up to now, we still don’t quite know what they are.
The cylindrical golden thing on top of the roof is definitely not a water tank.
It is also surprising to see there is a skull like thing on top as well.
We can only surmise that they are related to religion / folklores in Inner Mongolia.
There is symmetry on both sides of the main structure. These objects are repeated on the other side.
This week’s WPC challenge is On Top.
Many tourists in Angkor Wat have the frightful experience when they found that they have to climb down the steep staircase after visiting the temples.
All visitors stayed on the left hand side where blocks are placed to form half steps and a thin rope on the side are provided.
No one really dared to descend just on the steps as the risers of the steps are too high and the tread widths are very narrow, deteriorated and irregular.
One just wonders why they have provided steps like this when the temples were first constructed. Were they intentionally constructed like this so as to deter people from accessing the temple at the top??
There were other steep flights of steps in Angkor Wat. Rumor has it that one Australian female visitor has fallen down the steps and got killed. Their family, out of grief, donated a chain like hand rail to facilitate the decent of visitors.
On descending that flight of steps, my tatics was to reverse my body so my face was facing the steps ( instead of facing out, creating a feel of height), using both my hands to grip onto the upper treads as I descended cautiously. That worked well and my wife followed suite – while other visitors trembled!
You may be surprised to learn that there were fish ponds in Hong Kong, rearing fishes for sale locally.
But these fish ponds have now gone, due to the changing economy rendering them no longer price competitive.
Within this area, there are abandoned houses too.
Some abandoned boats can also be seen.
In recent years, the Government has approved this area to be developed into a low density housing zone. This is met with much objection from the environmentalists; so far, no plans have yet been approved.
With Easter approaching, this week is quickly coming to a close.
Looking back, for this week’s WPC challenge, I have already posted on Monuments from Abu Simbel of Egypt, Saqarra of Egypt, Ephesus of Turkey, Stonehenge of UK and Hill of Crosses inLithuania.
I have also shortlisted other photos – monument of the sculptured shoes by the side of the river Danube in Budapest in memory of people who were shot into the river, the Aobaos of Inner Mongolia, the big Buddhas within the caves of YungGang in China etc.
Liberty forms the basis of our modern society – I would like to show these pictures which were taken less than a year after 911 when the Ellis Island and the statue were reopen.
As we are approaching Easter, I have been thinking of crucifixion (crosses), death of Jesus and his subsequent rise from the death.
Have been reviewing some information on the Hill of Crosses, the one from Wikipedia, which is quoted below seems to be the best:
The Hill of Crosses ( Kryžių kalnas )) is a site of pilgrimage about 12 km north of the city of Siauliai, in northern Lithuania. The precise origin of the practice of leaving crosses on the hill is uncertain, but it is believed that the first crosses were placed on the former Jurgaičiai or Domantai hill fort after the 1831 Uprising Over the centuries, not only crosses, but giant crucifixes, carvings of Lithuanian patriots, statues of the Virgin Mary and thousands of tiny effigies and rosaries have been brought here by Catholics pilgrims. The exact number of crosses is unknown, but estimates put it at about 55,000 in 1990 and 100,000 in 2006.
I was somewhat stunned by the number of crosses when I first visited the site and walked up the Hill. These are “monuments” which come to mind this Easter.
Happy Easter :-)
The building of the Stonehenge earth mound may have started around the same time when the pyramid at Saqarra, Egypt was built ( see my previous post).
There were many mysteries surrounding this monument – who have built it?, for what purpose and how was it built?
Many theories have been put forward. Speculation on the reasons it was built range from human sacrifice to astronomy.
Investigations over the last 100 years have revealed that Stonehenge was built in several stages from 2800 – 1800 BC. It seems to have been designed to allow for observation of astronomical phenomena – summer and winter solstices, eclipses, and more.
It is also a puzzle as to how the stones were transported to the site – including 82 bluestones weighing as much as 4 tonnes for 240 miles from the Preseli mountains in Wales to the Sarsen stones, up to 50 tonnes from 25 miles north of Stonehenge.