China

Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge

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The Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge is a double-decker bridge across the Yangtze River and its upper deck is part of the China National Highway 104, the lower deck is the railway passage. This bridge is massive and impressive. This day it was overcast and light rain the entire day, but it was still worth the visit. This bridge is also one of the premier destinations for suicide which is not part of any tour group I’m sure. Nanjing is a very busy and it’s an important city commerce hub, but the real treat of Nanjing is the people and old world charm of this historical city.

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Water Taxi Anyone?

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While in China I was enjoying the beauty of Hangzhou which has been a favorite retreat for people of prominence and imperial rulers for centuries. The splendor of Hangzhou is centered on and around the greatness of the massive West Lake, the largest part of West Lake is known as the Outer Lake and it is bounded by the North Inner Lake, Yuehu Lake, West Inner Lake and Lesser South Lake. Now you can see why I spent so much time on this lake and I have posted several images taken here and the cool ting is no two photos look like the same location either. The water taxi or tour boat was a relaxing way to take in the entire lake this boat trip took about 45 mins and we saw why this lake is so popular that boast 20 million visitors a year, not bad, that’s like a good amusement park in America’s visitor count. West Lake is a great place to spend a day you can enjoy a peaceful bike ride around the lake or take a boat either way you can’t go wrong on this must see while in Hangzhou.
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Sign of the Times or Just Gibberish?

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Is this the sign of the times or just gibberish? When I got off the train in Danshui Taiwan my first reaction was WTF? Where am I going from this point and then of course you follow the crowd or if you’re lucky like me you’re traveling with someone who speaks and reads the language and you navigate from there. If you don’t have a local guide, you learn to ask strangers for help and read maps even in languages you don’t understand. This got me thinking about people who risk everything to migrate to a foreign land where they don’t know anybody and don’t speak the predominate language of that new country and they risk it all for the chance at a new and better life for themselves and their families, man what guts and faith that must take. You wonder are things so bad where they are coming from and what made them so desperate to feel they have no options left, or on the flip side do they have a dream so big, so consuming, and so strong they don’t view this as a huge risk because their faith is so huge, so strong that this is their calling it’s no longer a risk but the only path for their life. Have you ever had a passion so strong that you went against the dominate belief or the general condenses that you were willing to risk a sure thing and risk the safety of what you were taught and threw caution to the wind and followed your heart, your passion, your dream because your faith in God and yourself was enough that the fear left you and it was replaced with a calm and clarity of what your future might be? If you haven’t had that voice inside you, I hope and pray that one day you too will find your calling, your passion, and your reason for being.
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When Traveling Keep Looking Up!

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Lingshan Buddhist temple holds many functions a year, culture, art, meetings and other functions in one; the building is at the base of the Giant Buddha in Lingshan China famous due to its size, it’s the second largest Buddha statue in the world. What really stuck with me is the ceiling of the temple inside the main hall; it’s huge in scope, simply awesome! When traveling, it’s important to keep looking up because you might catch a true visual treasure, something you can’t see back home. In this case it was this ceiling, I’m glad I had my head on a swivel. In the words of the late Kidd Kraddick, keep looking up because that’s where it’s all at.

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Til Death Do Us Part (Two)

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I thought it would be appropriate to post another cemetery or graveyard photo blog “Til Death Do Us Part (Two)”. This was at the same cemetery in Tainan Taiwan where my first “Til Death Do Us Part (One)” blog originated. There is something eerie, creepy, and yet so calming to just wonder around and read the history each tombstone shares, it truly tells a story. I seem to enjoy not only the thought of life after death with anticipation of being reunited with departed loved ones, but the beauty of life transiting from birth to death, and the journey in between. Believe me, I thank God for every extra day I have, and I’ve had a very blessed life. But, I’m in no hurry to leave my current circumstances, life, celestial plane, or another phrase for this existence either!

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Classic Garden in Suzhou China

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The Master of the Nets garden, then called Ten Thousand Volume Hall, was first constructed in 1140 by Shi Zhengzhi the Deputy Civil Service Minster of the Southern Song Dynasty government. When you enter this compound, you are suddenly transformed into an era gone by; it’s truly lost in a time warp. The Master of the Nets Garden in Suzhou is among the finest gardens in China. I had no idea that in China they have Garden snobs, like we have wine snobs in the US. The Master of the Nets is particularly regarded among garden connoisseurs for its mastering the techniques of relative dimension, contrast, foil, sequence and depth, and borrowed scenery, really…I say it’s God’s finest work, nature at its best!

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Men may have constructed it, but man doesn’t own nature, we work with what the creator has supplied us. It doesn’t matter how this garden is refereed to, it’s truly a work of art, a photographic dream, a magical experience, a must see on your travel to do list.

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Burning Money or Money 2 Burn?

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When I first went to Asia and saw people burning money I thought man this is crazy! Then they explained that they would use real money to purchase the other money called Joss paper also known as ghost money, or spirit money. The more contemporary or westernized varieties of Joss paper include hell bank notes, paper credit cards, and cheques, these burnt offerings which are common in traditional Chinese religious practices including the veneration of the deceased on holidays and other special occasions. Joss papers, as well as other papier-mâché items, are burned in traditional Chinese funerals, to ensure that the sprit of the deceased has lost of god things in the afterlife. In other words the deceased will have plenty money to burn.
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