Xingyi(興義), China

Xingyi, a city southwest of Guizhou, China.  This a modern city of all amenities and exceptionally clean and orderly.  People here are very protective of their environment and happy with their surroundings.  The pictures below is the night life of the city plaza.

city center, the building of our hotel
city center, the building of our hotel
In the plaza are the young, old, and families watching a lzaer light show.
In the plaza where the young, old, and families watching a Lazer light show.

 

Southwest of Guizhou has impressive Natural Wonders.  One of them is the Malinghe Gorge and Ravine.  Along the Gorge were mighty water falls, one more magnificent than the next.

 

With these same landscapes in mind.  We go to our next Scenic Sight, the Wanfeng Lake (萬峰湖)among the peaks.  The lake was the result of a dam that holds back the water into the gorge.  The dam provides much-needed energy for the Southwest of China.  The lake has a surface area of 816  Sq. Kilometer and can stored water of approximately 102 billion cubic meters. The lake is surrounded by peaks and some protruded from the lake surface and formed islands.

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going into the narrow part of the lake
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can you see the cave entrance?

One can take a ferry to go on the lake and have a closer view.  Some ferries offer delicious fresh fish lunch made from the fishes caught from the lake. If you like fish, then you should not miss this lunch.  As it makes its round on the lake we can see a lot of caves on the side of some peaks.

 

The next scenic sight is Wangfenglin (萬峰林), A peak cluster wonder.

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This is a top view of the village of Buyi ethnic minority group of China.  One can see their farms and fields.  Their fields are of different shape and level because each field is centered on the opening of the underground water that erupts from the ground so they may irrigate the field efficiently.

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Among the peaks are the exceptional Twin Breast Peak and the Goddess of Earth.  These are Wonder of Nature and Buyi people worship the Goddess of Earth nurturing them with good climate and good harvest.

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Twin Breast Peak

imag0470Can you see the Goddess of Earth on her back?

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A Nature Reserve for Red Crowned Crane

Twenty-six kilometer away from Qiqihaer is Zhalong Nature Reserve, an approximately 810 square miles of wetland in Heilongjiang, China.  This marshland is a major breeding ground for more than 300 species of birds including the Marsh Grassbird as well as a major migratory route for  birds such as the storks, swans, herons, and grebes in the Far East

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cranes collage

Zhalong  Nature Reserve is protected by the Chinese government.  It breeds red crowned crane which is endangered.  However the bred cranes will not migrate any more.  The easy life kept them in one place.  They are well fed and become bigger than the wild crane which still migrate to burn up the stored fat.  Every day the crane keeper let them out to fly before feeding them, so they would get their exercise.  The wild crane do not like the fed food, so they would stay wild.  This marshland is a very important breeding place for not just the various types of cranes, but also for water fowls, different species of fish, and other marsh dependent animals.  This is a terrific place for bird watching, but be sure to put on a lot of mosquito repellent.

 

Tibetan Buddhist Ceremony at Taipei Liberty Square, Taiwan

Liberty Square also name Freedom Square is visited by locals as well as tourists.  For it is situated in a park with the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall on the far side facing the Liberty Square Gate and the National Concert Hall and the National Theater on either side. This is a popular site for big gatherings.  When the square is not booked for any out door events, one can see gatherings of students for marching band practice or athletes and dancers working on their routines.

One of the outdoor activity which is rarely found was the Blessing Ceremony for Taiwan by the True Buddha School.  It is a localized practice of Tibetan Buddhism founded by a Living Buddha Sheng-yen Lu.  Many people gathered.  It was said he has disciples all over the world.

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The ceremony started with two dancing dragons leading the Living Buddha into the event.  Then started the Dragon dance to welcome the Living Buddha and add auspiciousness to this ceremony

 

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There were many people chanting and walking around the Pagoda of Buddhas which would be there for 3 days.  It is said that by encircling the Buddha Pagoda and seeing it will ensure one does not go to hell after death.

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Taiwan Lantern Festival of 2016

Every year Taiwan has a Lantern Festival to start a fresh and bright year and at the same time mark the end to the celebration of Chinese New Year.  This year’s venue was chosen to be in TaoYuan.  As always, it outshines the years before.  This website takes you to the official opening of the Lantern Festival.  http://taiwan.net.tw/2016taiwanlantern/Article.aspx?sNo=01000010

According to the Chinese Calendar, this year is the year of the Monkey.  Therefore, the Monkey will be the main theme.  This year, of course, will be spirited, energetic, and vibrant like the character of the monkey.

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Taiwan Lantern Festival 2016
Monkey King with Longivity Peach
Monkey King with Longevity Peach
Garden of the Longevity Peach
Garden of the Longevity Peach
Greetings from Happy Buddha
Greetings from Happy Buddha
Magical Garden
Magical Garden
The stablelize pole of the Dragon King Palace
The stabilizer pole of the Dragon King Palace
The Monkey's vitality and energy will the spirit to this year
The Monkey’s vitality and energy spirited this year.
Galloping forward to success
Galloping forward to success

There are plenty more to see and needless to say, nothing beats the personal experience in this magical world in the night.