I liked Kongtong Shan; the buildings have a natural and rustic feeling to it. In this photos, it can be seen that the beams are not all totally straight. The ones with slight curves are used too, giving the building an authentic and realistic charm.
It was also nice to see the Taoist priests going along their business, reading and chanting their scriptures etc. I had this photo enlarged, and it was only then that I noticed the Taoist priest used a bone to strike the metal bowl. That bone looked like a femur to me (thigh bone).
A sight that intrigued me were these mushrooms that local priests collect to consume, I presume. Surely they are not preparing some obscure poisons with the fungi! I have never seen these types before.
While in Chengdu in 2005, I visited the temple dedicated to Zhuge Liang, the strategist in The Three Kingdoms.
It was a very nice temple, peaceful and quiet. What irked me, however, was that in the central (main) altar was the statue of Liu Bei, to whom Zhuge Liang served. This is the Zhuge Liang Temple, not the Liu Bei temple! The rational behind it was that Liu Bei's burial mould was nearby so the Military Genius Temple got usurped and was reshaped into the Liu Bei Temple, but the name was unchanged.
Typical of Zhuge Liang, there are occasionally puzzles for the visitors. It took me a while to figure out that this is a toilet meant for the disabled.
This is the mass of people queuing to go down the LeShan Big Buddha. It was quite warm, and it was interesting to see the men squatting down, with their trouser legs rolled up, and some even with the shirt rolled up to expose their abdomen, all in an attempt to keep cool.
To see it, one hikes to the top of the hill, queue to walk down the stairs to the foot of the Buddha, and then walk all the way back up the other side to exit. There is no exit from the foot of the Buddha - unless you are willing to consider jumping into the river just in front of the statue. Proper foot wear is advisable when visiting this site.
On a different theme, here are a couple of shots of the Grand Canal - TVB had a series of this title, I believe, but I never go around to watching it.
Grand Canal at dawn. My apologies, these photos have rather faded with age.
Bricks being transported along the Grand Canal. Observe how low the junk was riding in the water - I half feared it would sink. I suppose this would be how they transported the bricks to Beijing to build the Forbidden City.
Finally, a shot I took when I was in Shao Xing, the place where they make the famous Hua Diao wine. I use it quite liberally when I cook. I like this photo because it seems to transcend time.
Having mentioned Shaoxing and its famous spirits, I thought I would digress a bit and start a theme on food.
When I saw this wine shop, I thought of the parents of GuoJing and YangKang (Legend of the Eagle Shooting Heroes) buying some spirits to celebrate, just before they met the Taoist Qui Chu Zi, and sealed their fates.
On the other hand, when I saw these wine jars, I thought of Hong Qi Gong, the leader of the Beggar Clan. I rather envisaged him hiding somewhere in the palace stealing drinks.
And knowing how Hong Qi Gong likes his food, I have no doubt he would have loved this dish - Stewed Dog Meat!
Finally, just to gross out you all, here is the piece de resistance, which I am sure Hong Qi Gong would have loved, the Meeting of the Dragon, Tiger and Phoenix.
wow chef...you're pictures collection are really cool. that's really a treasure!
Anyway, so what is Hua Diao wine? can you please tell me the hanzi? perhaps I can buy it online. Anyway, my erhu teacher (yes, I'm taking lessons again to go to further grade) is from Xi'An. and they have a very good glutinous rice wine. Smells really good and the taste is mellow. I kinda curious why there's no glutinouse rice wine mentioned in wuxia books. Perhaps because it contains not much alcohol?
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