This week’ DP photo challenge is Creepy.
Here is a picture taken inside a limestone cavern with stalactites and stalagmites.
The series of stalactites hang from the roof, extending down to almost the water below.
The reflection created is equally interesting.
Given that the picture was taken some years ago, I can only remember it was a cave we passed by on our way to Zhangjiajie in China.
The Hanging Temple in China is already a creepy place.
How on earth can you build a temple out of nowhere, jutting out from the rock face of an extensive cliff and not supported from underneath?
I have posted some photos of the Hanging Temple and also more recently a creepy red colored door in the temple.
Here is another one – honestly, I don’t know what it is? A Buddha in the middle, two figures on the side, one seemingly to come out of the opening. ?
This week’s DP challenge is Under Your Feet.
A few years back, on a fine Autumn day, we found ourselves hiking the beautiful Miutianyu section of the Great Wall.
Some foliage has already changed color and the sky was as usual hazy.
We were overjoyed that the GW was not very crowded and we were able to enjoy the serenity.
After so many years of not being able to revisit this place, we found that the GW was actually under our feet!
The source of my inspiration is from the nature.
It could be mountains, sea, rivers, clouds, waterfalls etc.
One of my recent inspirational moments is hiking to the top of Sanqing Shan, China.
This photo was captured when hiking up on the trails near to the top of the mountain when clouds came looming over and the area was darkened.
This week’s DP photo challenge is Inspiration.
My inspirational moment is sitting out on the ledge of the rock and gazing out to the mountains yonder.
The layers of panoramic mountains in front of me is the main source of my inspiration.
This is a picture taken when hiking Sanqing Shan ( Mountain), China.
Of course, I wasn’t able to go onto the ledge of the rock because of the steep cliff which was covered with dense vegetation.
However, this is an unforgettable moment full of Inspiration.
No photography was allowed inside the mausoleum of Genghis Khan in Inner Mongolia.
So, I am not able to share many of the interesting exhibits like clothing, weapons, coffin etc of Genghis Khan. This is very much regrettable.
Outside the mausoleum, there is a vast space for worshiping of Genghis Khan.
There was a raised circular space with steps on the sides, presumably this is for staging the worship ceremony.
On the sides, there are stone sculptures of dragon heads.
One of the pictures taken was a close up of the dragon head.
There are also copper or bronze vessels for burning of joss sticks, for making offers during the worshiping ceremony.
As someone who knows not much at all of the Mongolian culture and history, I was at a loss as to what many of the things I saw represent.
For the sake of sharing, I am sharing photos here that I still don’t understand what they represent.
I hope when I have the time, I will research into their meaning and significance.
Known as Emperor Taizu of the Yuan Dynasty and also named Temujin, Genghis Khan (1162-1227) is a leader of the Mongol tribe, as well as a strategist and a statesman.
Among all the significant rulers in Chinese history, Genghis Khan was one of the greatest. He was the founder of Mongol Empire and the sequential Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), and by the end of his life, the Mongol Empire occupied a substantial portion of Central Asia and China.
The present Genghis Khan’s Mausoleum was built in 1954 in Erdos city, about 185 km from Baotou, the largest city of Inner Mongolia.
Most people believe that this mausoleum is not where he was actually buried but is rather a gathering place for Mongolian people to worship the spirit of the mighty Genghis Khan. The great ruler’s real burial place still remains a mystery. The mausoleum consists of three grand halls, which are shaped like Mongolian yurts.
The joss sticks and candles in the halls of the tomb burn all year round. Every year, four grand sacrificial ceremonies are held here to commemorate Genghis Khan, a hero of the Mongolian people.
These pictures were taken at the mausoleum, as part of my trip to Inner Mongolia.