Thirty six strange peaks, Immortals with black top knots. Morning sun strikes the tree tops, Here in this sky mountain world. Chinese people, raise your faces! For a thousand years cranes come and go. Far off I spy a firewood gatherer, Plucking sticks from stone crevices. -Li Bai “Dawn Vista On Huangshan” There are some […] "Continue reading"
A wall of gold has been mounted on Shu brocade. Craftsmen from Wu collect spare change To pay tribute to the abundance of a myriad of families. The watchtowers of the city rise to great heights. The bustling scene is truly impressive. It is a chance to explore vestiges of bygone days. -excerpt from a […] "Continue reading"
It all started with a wooden table in an alley: square, unadorned, pressed up against a cement wall. It wobbled a bit on the uneven cobbles. Somewhere nearby, a game of mahjong- the soft clinking of tiles echoed faintly on the evening air. Wisps of a forgotten dream, sounds from another time. I imagined the […] "Continue reading"