Weekly Photo Challenge: Walls ( Okinawa, Langkawi, Chongqing)

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I am trying to put three unrelated photos together, this is an assortment of walls.DSC_0078

The first one was taken in a private property in Okinawa, Japan. I must admit my initial focus was on the red flowers. My attention was subsequently captured by the stone walls which when put together with the plants and flowers seem to make a good picture.DSC_0121A

The second photo was taken in a holiday resort in Langkawi, Malaysia. I was impressed by the architecture of the resort building. The slightly sloping stone walls add a lot to the elegance of the building.DSCF6299

The last one was taken in Chongqing, China. The wall was entirely covered by a mural depicting some history in the past. Apart from a door opening on the right hand bottom corner, it is Β somewhat difficult to understand it is a building.

Please enjoy πŸ™‚


53 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Walls ( Okinawa, Langkawi, Chongqing)

    • I visited the airbase there but did not see any planes taking off or landing on that day.
      I was impressed by the many Chinese characters and Chinese styled buildings there which reminded me Okinawa once has very close relationship to China. I understand many young people have departed the country side to the city or even to Japan main islands, I saw a lot of elderlies there, especially because people live to a grand old age.

    • I was there during the Vietnam War, and there were plenty of planes. The Okinawans hated the American presence. The GI’s caused a lot of trouble and the jet noise was very disruptive to their quiet lives.

    • Apart from fewer planes, what you said is still true. Understand that they may relocate the air force base, I have not followed it close enough to know whether the relocation is unsuccessful. The inhabitants don’t like the base for sure.

    • My fascination for the world started when I was a kid, collecting stamps. At that time I had Okinawa stamps when Okinawa was called Ruyku Islands or similar. In olden days, Chinese didn’t care about territory at all and kings from Okinawa would pay tributes and gifts to the Chinese Emperors, China would sort of protect them. When the Japanese took over Okinawa, the Okinawa officials begged China to free them from Japanese ruling and China didn’t help them.
      I am also aware of the bloody combats in Okinawa in WWII, killing many people on both sides, some people believe Okinawa has a lot of ghosts!

    • I love the art of tai chi; however, I had to stop because I was practicing so much my knee started hurting, and I could not find the source in spite of my teacher working with me on it, so I quit. I run based upon Tai Chi, it’s called “Chi Running”, and it’s very low impact running. I love it. I wish I could do Tai Chi. I was starting the sword form when I quit. It was such beautiful skill, I really wanted to continue but my knee problems were really bad.

    • I learned for sometime the Fluidity Taichi which incorporates qi gong into Taichi. One of the things is that your upper part of your body will sort of “float” when you have qi correctly in the body and do not transfer the force to the knees. I quitted because it was so difficult to learn. After 9 months, I was still at the first Starting Form!

    • It took me 6 months to learn the 108-move form, but that was practicing at home every day. There is so much torque on the knees, though, and I couldn’t move past that. Danny Dreyer, author of “Chi Running” says that all sources of pain are due to chi blockage in the body. But I couldn’t figure out how to get the chi moving through my knees to stop the pain.

    • I know many people who has quitted Taichi because of knee problems. My teacher said it was due to incorrect posture. The Fluidity Taichi has to be practised with nothing in the mind and the movements are sort of voluntarily, I didn’t have the knee problem when I practised this form of Taichi although I had this problem when practising other branches of Taichi practise.
      The Chinese medicine claims all pains are due to blocked chi, as you know the Chinese has a different systems with points and qi in the human system. I don’t think I know enough to understand all these!

    • I believe in chi 100% The best I’ve felt in my entire life was when I was doing tai chi with another teacher. I quit that class because she was such a drill sergeant that I dreaded going to class, but she was very good, and really changed my life. I wish I could have her back in a sweeter personality so I wouldn’t be so scared of her :p

    • I know the feeling. When I started Fluidity Taichi, I just stood still at an instructed posture for 2 hours continuous each day, my teacher was not going to teach me the next step until he felt I have got the right posture.

    • Very few people practise Fludity (wave form and watery) Taichi in the States, I note there are some Youtubes showing followers practising this in US. Some movements will extend your spine so it will not compress the nerves etc. It is very difficult to find good teachers in the States. There should be good teachers in HOng Kong but finding them is difficult. The problem with my teacher is that it is difficult to grasp what he teachers, maybe there are better ways of teaching. This is the main reason I quitted.

    • Tai chi has so much to offer. Danny Dreyer (the author of Chi Running) says that in San Francisco they do tai chi in the parks. I guess San Francisco Chinatown is so huge, there is a large following.

  1. Three great posts and stories. All are places I want to visit too! As for the third one, we saw several walls at the Chen Clan Academy in Guangzhou that told stories of history and religion. All very interesting!

  2. I like the mural and it is very significative being in Chongqing. History of China in the last 150 is so complicated and requires much study to understand what it all means to the people who lived through it. But nonetheless interesting because of all the layers.

    • Even for those who live so close to the scene cannot easily make out what exactly has happened in the last 150 years, no doubt, historians are writing about it, but then again, we may not totally agree with the historians!

    • Hi David, nice to hear from you again. Glad that you like my last picture. I was thinking to put it up as the first picture but because it is a portrait size picture, WordPress will show it at a small scale in the Reader which is not that appealing to readers.

  3. I was first impressed by the pics. Especially the last one for for the creativity and the first one for its simplicity.

    I was going to go on and comment on that when I read through the comments. This really is a window into a whole new world for me!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Tai Chi is something I have only seen in films and have always been fascinated by. To see people who have learnt it discuss about it feels nice. πŸ™‚

    Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

  4. Amazing mural! πŸ™‚ I almost forgot what I’d been looking at because I got involved in your t’ai chi conversation. I’m off to my class soon but am happy to report a nice-natured instructor πŸ™‚

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