Five Pagoda Temple(wuta si) Hohhot

Five-Pagoda Temple  (Wuta Si), which is also called Jingangzuo Sheli Baota, is located in Hohhot City. It is  quite unique monument with strong Indian influences. As there are five small dagobas on the pedestal of the pagoda, it is named Wuta Si. It was originally a building of the temple constructed during 1727-1732. Now the temple has disappeared, but the pagoda has remained.Wuta Pagoda

The pagoda is 16 meters high (about 51 feet) and it is composed of three parts: the base, the seat and the top (five dagobas). 3 Scripts: Sanskrit, Tibetan and Mongolian.Set in pleasant temple grounds, the Wuta Pagoda is definitely worth a visit.hh5

There is a great contrast between the Chinese style and the more Indian influenced architecture, and a good opportunity to climb up the steep, narrow stairway to the Five-Pagoda roof.SAMSUNG

On the northern wall of the pagoda, three sculptures are inlaid. The Mongolian Astronomical Map is the only one labeled in Mongolian so far in the world and it is of great importance to scientific research.hh8

Compared with other pagodas, Five-Pagoda Temple is unique in at least two aspects: its special structure, pagodas over pagoda, and the green and yellow colored glazes on the short roofs and tops of pagodas. Those make Five-Pagoda Temple quite special, a treasure of Hohhot City.

Changchun at nights

Changchun is the capital of Jilin province located in the Northeast part of China.The name is originated from the Jurchen language which means “LongSpring”. The six urban districts of Changchun’s city proper have a total population of 3,341,700 in 2010 which correspond to the built up area Known as China’s Automobile City, Changchun is an important industrial base with a particular focus on the automotive sector.Changchun is rich in natural resources, with nine rivers flowing across it such as the song huajing river and the yilitong River and the seven lakes including Aubautupor and Polopor.

City can be, at times, best viewed at night, if nothing else to realize the vastness of a place.At night you can discover the real beauty of the City.

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Dragonboat festival (Duanwu jie)

The Dragon Boat Festival, also called the Duanwu Festival, is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month according to the Chinese calendar. For thousands of years, the festival has been marked by eating zong zi (glutinous rice(糯米)wrapped to form a pyramid using bamboo or reed leaves) and racing dragon boats

Zongzi

Zongzi

The festival is best known for its dragon-boat races, especially in the southern provinces where there are many rivers and lakes.This regatta(赛舟会)commemorates the death of Qu Yuan , an honest minister who is said to have committed suicide by drowning himself in a river.

Origin:

Qu was a minister of the State of Chu situated in present-day Hunan and Hubei provinces, during the Warring States Period (475-221BC)(战国时期). He was upright, loyal and highly esteemed for his wise counsel that brought peace and prosperity to the state. However, when a dishonest and corrupt prince vilified Qu, he was disgraced and dismissed from office. Realizing that the country was now in the hands of evil and corrupt officials, Qu grabbed a large stone and leapt into the Miluo River on the fifth day of the fifth month. Nearby fishermen rushed over to try and save him but were unable to even recover his body. Thereafter, the state declined and was eventually conquered by the State of Qin.

An ink painting depicting Qu Yuan with writing brush and chain

An ink painting depicting Qu Yuan with writing brush and chain

The people of Chu who mourned the death of Qu threw rice into the river to feed his ghost every year on the fifth day of the fifth month. But one year, the spirit of Qu appeared and told the mourners that a huge reptile(爬行动物)in the river had stolen the rice. The spirit then advised them to wrap the rice in silk and bind it with five different-colored threads before tossing it into the river.

Activities:

Three of the most widespread activities for Duanwu Festival are eating (and preparing) Zongzi drinking Realgar wine, and racing Dragon boats.

Other common activities include hanging up icons of  Zongkui (a mythic guardian figure), hanging Mugwort and Calamus taking long walks, and wearing perfumed medicine bags. Other traditional activities include a game of making an egg stand at noon (this “game” is one that if you make the egg stand at exactly 12.00 noon you will have luck for the next year), and writing Spells. All of these activities, together with the drinking of realgar wine, were regarded by the ancients as effective in preventing disease or evil and promoting health and well-being.

Zhongkui

Zhongkui

Making Zongzi(Bamboo Rice wraps):

During the Duanwu Festival, a glutinous rice pudding called zong zi is eaten to symbolize the rice offerings to Qu. Ingredients such as beans, lotus seeds(莲子),chestnuts(栗子), pork fat and the golden yolk of a salted duck egg are often added to the glutinous rice. The pudding is then wrapped with bamboo leaves, bound with a kind of raffia and boiled in salt water for hours.

Making Zongzi

Making Zongzi

The dragon-boat races symbolize the many attempts to rescue and recover Qu’s body. A typical dragon boat ranges from 50-100 feet in length, with a beam of about 5.5 feet, accommodating two paddlers seated side by side.

A wooden dragon head is attached at the bow, and a dragon tail at the stern(船尾). A banner hoisted on a pole is also fastened at the stern and the hull is decorated with red, green and blue scales edged in gold. In the center of the boat is a canopied shrine behind which the drummers, gong(铜锣)beaters andcymbal(铙钹)players are seated to set the pace for the paddlers.

Participants compete in a boat race held to mark the annual Dragon Boat Festival in Shantou, south China's Guangdong Province.

Participants compete in a boat race held to mark the annual Dragon Boat Festival in Shantou, south China’s Guangdong Province.

Shantou, south China's Guangdong Province

Participants compete in a boat race held to mark the annual Dragon Boat Festival in Shantou, south China’s Guangdong Province.

Participants compete in a boat race held to mark the annual Dragon Boat Festival in Mochou Lake, Nanjing, east China's Jiangsu Province.

Participants compete in a boat race held to mark the annual Dragon Boat Festival in Mochou Lake, Nanjing, east China’s Jiangsu Province.

There are also men positioned at the bow to set off firecrackers, toss rice into the water and pretend to be looking for Qu.  The races are held among different clans, villages and organizations, and the winners are awarded medals, banners, jugs of wine and festive meals.

 

An Unforgettable Journey to the Mt.Emeishan

Mt.Emeishan is located in western Sichuan province 130kms away from Chengdu.Emeishan you will find lush mountain scenary,plantations of tea trees,temples and macaques( a type of monkey). On the rare afternoon there is also a phenomenon known as Buddha’s Aureole, where rainbow rings,produced by refraction of water particles,attach themselves to a person’s shadow in a cloud bank below the summit_MG_3648

Emeishan has little of its original temple work left(from 100 odd temples dating from the advent of Buddhism in china).Glittering Jinding temple(jinding si) with its brass tiling engraved with Tibetan script,was completly gutted by fire.Other temples suffered the same fate, and all were nicked to various degrees by war with the Japanese and Red Guard looting.

Due to huge difference in temperature from foot to top of the mountain people describe it with these words “you experience the 4 seasons with in the same day and see a different sky every five kilometers.”

It has been listed on UNESCO World heritage sites.

Baoguo si(Declare nation temple):

Constructed in the 16th century,Entry ticket=8yuans;features rare plants and a 3.5m-high porcelain Buddha that was made in 1415 which is housed near sutra libraryBaoguo temple

Fuhu si(Crouching tiger monastery):

The renovated crouching tiger monastery (Entry=10yuan) is hidden within the forest. Inside is a 7m high Copper Pagoda inscribed with Buddhist images and texts.Emeishan-Fuhu-Temple-mykaul

Qingyin ge(pure sound pavilion):

Named after the sound effects produced by rapid waters coursing around rock formations this temple is built on an out crop in the middle of a fast flowing stream. Small pavilions here are great for appreciating the natural music._MG_4146

Wannian si(longlife monastery):

Reconstructed in the 9th century,longlife monastery is the oldest surviving emei temple it’s dedicated to the man on the white elephant, the bodhisattva puxian,who is the protector of the mountain. this 8.5m-high statue is dated from AD980,cast in copper and bronze and weighs an estimated 62,000kg.If u can manage to rub the elephant’s hind leg goodluck will cast upon you. the statue is housed in brick hall,a domed building with small stupas on it and the only building left unharmed in a 1945 fire.

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GOLDEN SUMMIT TEMPLE:

This magnificient but clearly recently renovated temple (jinding si) at golden summit'(3077m) is as far as most hikers make it. covered with glazed tiles and surrounded by white marble balustrades, the temple now occupies 1695 sp.mtrs. The original temple had a bronze coated roof.which is how it got the name Jin ding(which means gold top) It’s constantly overrun with tourists,pilgrims and monks and u’ll be continously bumperd and jostled. sadly, the sun rarely forces its way through mists up here. From golden summit was once common to hike to ten thousand buddha summit(wan fo ding)_MG_3780IMG_3784

Macaques( a type of monkey) :

The monkeys have got it all figured out.  The chinese find the monkeys an integral part of the Emei trip and many like to tease them.The monkey forms an important part of chinese mythology.There is a saying in chinese, ‘with one monkey in the way,not even 10,000 men can pass’. which may be deeper than you think! Some of these chimps are big,and staying cool when they look like they might make a leap at u easier said than done. There is much debate as to whether its better to give them something to eat or fight them off.

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Baby Macaque..

My Experience:

Me and my friends Goutham,Swetha,Tina &Piyush are avid hikers and on our trip to Chengdu.  Emeishan &Leshan were on the top of our bucket list to visit in this trip. We had an super aggressive schedule._MG_3876

Mount Emei shan is both a mountain and a rain forest region that is very beautiful and picturesque.The pilgrimage to Emeishan was one of the best and most awesome visits I’ve made.IMG_3744

Whilst the shuttle bus drive from the foot of the mountain and entrance up the mountain took at least 60 minutes. We ascended the stairway that is almost always foggy, and you could not see more than about 20 meters away from you to the cable car.

The cable car is a box and here is stampede to get on to it to grab the few seats around the edge. Some 40-50 people seem to get on and hang onto the straps above. The car takes 2 minute to get to the top(thankfully). I got a few good shots up here and I did enjoy being up there. This track is really crowded. Then the cable car ascends and, if you have the luck I mentioned, you will go through this fog ascending with the cable and then you will see one of the most amazing landscapes on the world._MG_3661

Its worth it as the summit is awesome and a site to behold. Watching the cloud sea over the golden summit with the Samantabhadra statue on the top is breathtaking. It looks like you are in an ancient chinese painting. We are lucky on the day we visited it was with a clear blue sky . This added to the spectular view and awe of this magnificient site. Landscape seemed as taken from a Chinese painting.Be prepared to stay hours under mist without getting totally wet.

IMG_3750Different Dimensions of Samantabhadra through my lens–Slideshow

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HIKING:

On the way back after the cable car we walked to Wannian temple. The hike down the mountain is definitely worth the labour – great scenery with many photo opportunities:P! The hike down is long but the trail is very well paved all the way down. Along the way you pass by some villages just above the trail that you can explore at your leisure. Also, there were a number of trail-side vendors selling food items that are grown on the mountain-side. _MG_3984
We found that this hike down Mt Emeishan is relaxing, beautiful, and interesting and would recommend this place for anyone who enjoys hiking especially with such natural beauty.Tasted Mengding Ganlu 
Green tea .Which was sweet in taste and now I cannot drink tea from a teabag anymore !lol_MG_4041


My Suggestion:

If you have a plan of hiking this mountain, please try to spend more time and don’t rush like we did. One must take this trek at least once in a lifetime. Though we missed the sunrise. My suggest you to go as early as possible – If you want to see the sunrise and the glorious views. 

Sunrise from clouded sea..Dont miss it.. Pic courtesy:Wikipedia

Sunrise from clouded sea..Dont miss it..
This Pic-courtesy:Wikipedia

Entry fee=150 RMB.

Bus fare from foot of the mountain to the top= 90 RMB

and for the cable car to the Golden summit 65 RMB and back is 55rmb  

Slide show of some goodflicks..:)

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Missing you….Changchun

     Changchun..One and half month !!!

             China… One month!!

You don’t know how much I really miss this place until I go there again..Best days of my life and the main years of my life were spent in changchun. I went to changchun at tender 18’s as a confused boy  and returned as a confident man.! This place turned me into a better person and a better human being. I have learnt many things here…I am not getting perfect words to express my feelings. All I can say is that I love you changchun..What I’m now is because of you!!

There’s too much left undone. Too many dreams and ambitions in my heart for Changchun city and for the people.Its hard for me to make a list of what I miss…Because I miss everything…

  • I miss the language, i miss that feeling of doing something that not many people get to do..
  • I miss all my Chinese friends and their families…(for making me a Chinese boy by teaching me their culture & language)
  • I miss all those nightouts &all those lazy days..
  • Miss those gym friends and gym workouts..
  • Miss that -20 to -30 temp ..and miss wearing those heavy jackets
  • Miss those street foods on guilin lu
  • Miss those long walks,saunabaths,snookers,bowling,funny chats and Xbox gaming whole night
  • Miss those window shoppings&drinking parties
  • Miss all those streets near by teaching building, Jilin university Cafeteria.. 😉
  • I miss the opportunities, i miss the energy of the Changchun city, and so much more!
  • I think this post will eat lot of memories, if  I list everything here.. 😀
  • It’s an ongoing struggle to think i used to live in China. Still some where in my mind I feel like I’m not done with China and China’s not done with me.”

All the memories I have about changchun are unforgettable..This is the place where I learnt many things.These 5 years of my life were the most memorable. I know what I have learnt. I can sense the changes in me. I met some really great people  who contributed to my life in one or the other way  I was encouraged, appreciated, criticized and discouraged time to time. But it always added towards my learning and helped me to learn and become a better Doctor in every step

I thought that..I should go back home without any regrets..but now i have few regrets..that I didnt meet my close friends

Mike,Yingying,Dana,zhang,yuanfei,Liaodengping,wangmeiling,huiwei etc..sorry guys couldnt meet you..one more regret is about Laotou Baozi 😛

Few night pictures near our campus area….

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