Travel Theme: Multiples (2)

This is my second attempt at Alisa’s theme “Multiples” for this week. While I like nature and photographing nature, I also like photographing still objects. For a change, this post is not about nature.

Again, my photos are taken in various places. I am glad that I can show them in a set under a theme.  On their own, it would be rather difficult to present the individual pictures. When drafting  this post, I looked up the dictionary for the meaning of multiple. Usually, I am given a mathematical interpretation as to what is a multiple. I guess multiple may mean more than two (which is called couple or duplet etc). Here are some of the “Multiples” which have impressed us in our travels.

High up in Shangrila, Yunnan, we spotted these multiple timber screen doors in a temple. We liked the fine wood carving and the gold color on them.DSC_0058

Some very Chinese styled red lanterns at “Yellow Crane Tower”, a historic tower in WuChang, China, swaying in the wind.DSCF6108

Multiple umbrellas affording shade to visitors in the Resonant Desert in Inner Mongolia, China.DSCF2264

Multiple Aobaos at the Masuoleum of Genghis Khan in Inner Mongolia.DSCF2316

Multiple columns to the Celcus Library at Ephesus, Turkey.CIMG0226

Multiple columns and facades at the Dolmacbache Palace, facing the Bospohrus in Istanbul, Turkey.CIMG0544

Multiple ornamental columns and statues arranged in a semi-circle at Hero Square, Budapest.DSCF0148

Multiple arches seen in Lithuania, while travelling in the Baltic countries.DSC_0365

So, the world is full of  interesting “Multiples”!

Goodbye West Lake, China

We have been in West Lake for several days. This was our last day in West Lake, HangZhou. Woke up early in the morning and decided that we would start off the day with visiting the LeiFeng Pagoda to have a panoramic view of West Lake.

LeiFeng Pagoda is a five-story tall tower with eight sides, located on Sunset Hill south of West Lake in Hangzhou. Originally constructed in the year AD 975, it collapsed in 1924 but was rebuilt in 2002, since then it has been a popular tourist attraction.

As we walked towards the southern side of the lake, we passed by this pavilion located at the edge of the lake.

Strolling further leisurely along the banks, we note tourists are enjoying their boat rides.

We stumbled into a tea house and sipped tea before moving further.

On reaching of the LeiFeng Pagoda, we climbed up to the very top. It was hazy, we could just managed to see part of the lake against a misty sky.

There is a story to the pagoda. The story tells of a young scholar who falls in love with a beautiful woman, unaware that she is a thousand-year-old white snake that has taken on human
form. The story is vividly depicted in the form of a series of wood carving within the pagoda. One of wood carvings show the white snake as a beautiful flying lady.

We strolled further along the banks which are commonly lined with willows. The walk was just refreshing.

Getting somewhat tired after hours of walking, we took a seat on this inviting bench by the side of the lake.

Strolling further along, we reached this location which is a famous place for viewing the moon at night.

It rained heavily when we reached the entrance of our next stop – the Yue Fei Temple.

The Yue Fei Temple  is a temple built in honor of Yue Fei, a general of the Southern Song dynasty when the capital of China was in Hangzhou. The temple was first constructed in the during the Song Dynasty in 1221 to commemorate Yue Fei. The site includes Yue Fei’s Temple, Loyalty Temple and Yue Fei’s Mausoleum inside. The temple was reconstructed several times in later date. The tombs and the tomb sculptures in the temple all dates from the 12th century, and have been meticulously restored.

Inside the temple were many statues, the one below of Yue Fei depicted vividly his valance.

The architecture within the temple too was awesome. There were words praising his loyalty on the beams and columns.

By the time we got out of the temple, it was already dark.

When night fell, we stayed by the lake, watching the reflection of lights off the lake surface.

We knew we would be departing but we also knew someday we would be coming back.