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 photo challenge is Misty.
For the several days we cruised along the Yangtze River in China, it was almost misty throughout.
Yangtze flows from the Tibetan mountains to the sea and is the longest river in China and also Asia.
It s the third longest river in the world after the Nile and the Amazon.
The river is ladened with a lot of silt.
While at the Three Gorges dam, we have a good look at the dam. The mist was so heavy that it seems to disappear at a distance.
I went up to the upper deck of the vessel, trying to take some photos of the early morning mist. Very soon, I found it was just futile if I were to take pictures of faraway landscape without contrasting it with some nearby objects as the whole picture appeared to be blur.
In some instances, you can see the landform just faded out at a distance.
Have experienced quite a few misty trip while up the mountains. Didn’t expect it was also this misty along the river.
Perhaps West Lake in Hangzhou, China is the best place for viewing or having internal reflections.
We were visiting West Lake a couple of years ago.
West Lake has been named a UNESCO site. While walking around the lake, one can feel the culture of the place and the openness of the area. The view of the far away pagoda, the nearby Chinese style building on the shore and their reflection in the lake were just breath taking.
With almost no tourists around, you can feel the tranquility of the place. Here is a picture that I have posted, but this time I have flipped the picture top to bottom so the the reflection of the trees are on the top.
One of the scenic locations is where colourful kois are reared. In the picture, again, one can see the reflections of the willows. We took the opportunity to view and photograph them.
All in all, the trip was pleasant and reflective!
We were cruising on a boat gazing landwards from the river. In front of us is a giant Buddha which one would not be able to see the whole statue from the landside.
The view was awesome. On the left hand side of the Buddha, there were hundreds of people hanging on to the many flights of stairs trying to have a good view of the Buddha from a close distance. They appeared so tiny, so tiny that they just looked like ants.
It is believe that this giant Buddha was carved at this location to pacify the turbulent waters of the river.
I can think of other giant statues, say, those in Abu Simbel in Egypt. However, by comparison, they are not as tall.
The Buddha, sitting there, looks serene. One just wonders how much carving has to be carried out so that the Buddha was well recessed from the rock face.
So, another amazing view!
Every Chinese garden has some type of rock element. Some designers opt for a simple rock garden, while others construct miniature mountains from an assorted collection of rocks.
Rocks are chosen based on their shape, texture, substance, color and softness.
Limestone rocks that have taken strange shapes due to erosion are among the most valued rocks for Chinese gardeners. Some rocks are deliberately immersed in fast running streams so that they are scoured for the effects.
Back in Hong Kong, in the Nam Lian garden, there are also a good display of rocks in the garden. Again, the main elements of the garden being rocks, trees and lakes or water features. Some of course have pavilions or bridges too.
It was late Autumn and we were strolling in the gardens of Xiang Shan in Beijing.
As always, it appeared hazy in Beijing. That didn’t bother me, it just added to the atmosphere.
We walked past this lake in Xiang Shan and were surprised by its beauty.
There were weeping willows by the side of the lake, this together with the pavilion formed a perfect picture.
We were happy to find this beautiful corner in the garden, but the truth is there are so many beautiful corners in the garden.
We were there at a perfect time!
I can still vividly remember the very cold day when we took a ride on a bamboo raft along the Nine Bend river by the side of WuYi Mountain, China.
It was raining cats and dogs when we were on the raft. The rain was whipping on us and we were shivering all over.
We picked a bad time to be on the river – we didn’t have the heart at all to appreciate the scenery on both sides of the river.
All we wanted was the raft trip to be ended as soon as possible.
Gazing down below, we saw four rafts on the meandering river, an orange colored pavilion roof and steep mountains with trees on both sides.
The mist was still thick and was cascading down to the river.
It was a wet and cold day – a day to remember!
PS I have also posted on this blog my travels to WuYiShan which included this ride on the raft. Interested readers are welcome to peruse it.
I know showing three images of Trakai Castle for this week’s challenge Threes is not enough, so here is another one:
We waited in the steppes of Inner Mongolia, China.
The modern age nomads seem to have taken a liking to motor cycles than horses.
We were waiting for the arrival of the wrestlers who would give us a brief performance of wrestling.
While this was a show, they were quite serious about it too.
After several minutes of wrestling, we realize the big fellow was winning.
The performance came to an end with the thinner wrestler thrown onto the ground.
What a match!
We were high up on one of China’s four sacred Buddhist mountains – Mount Emei (峨眉山) which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.
It is located in Sichuan Basin (四川盆地), to the west of Emeishan City (峨眉山市) and Leshan City (乐山市).
Mount Emei gets the name because its curvy mountain profile which resembles a girl’s curvy eyebrow; although some said this is unrelated.
The highest peak is approximately 3,099 meters above the sea level. The patron bodhisattva of Emei is Samantabhadra, also known as Puxian (普贤大佛) in Chinese.
The mist was so heavy that I could only see, maybe, twenty feet in front of me.
Among the mist, I could see part of the Jinding Temple ( golden temple), but the roof just disappeared into the mist.
Obviously, I didn’t take many photos as the mist meant that many features could not be seen.