|ARCHED BRIDGE in PUBLIC PARK|
It's St. Patrick's Day. We haven't been to Ireland (yet), so here is some "Green" scenery from our 2009 China trip, instead.
On the first day of our China tour we visited a beautiful city park, and watched groups of people practicing tai-chi, martial arts (sword and staff), and different types of dance (50's, modern and folk). The park was very busy at 7am, and most people had either walked or ridden bikes to get there.
During hot weather the Emperor and Royal Family would leave the Forbidden City and come to the Summer Palace, to enjoy the cooling breezes that blew across the lake.
|GREAT WALL of CHINA|
Juyong Guan Pass
The Great Wall of China stretches in sections for over 5000 miles. Parts are in disrepair or no longer exist, but this section near Beijing has been rebuilt and is a popular tourist spot.
This beautiful and intricate hand-embroidered scene of a bamboo forest was on display at an embroidery factory we toured. It sold while we were there for $2000 US.
|LARGE HAND EMBROIDERED PANEL|
Embroidery Factory and Showroom - Suzhou
|DINNER THEATER PERFORMANCE|
In Xian we attended a dinner theater. The meal consisted of 21 different types of dumplings - each with its own unique filling, shape, size and fold pattern. The stage show afterwards - with colorful costumes, intricate choreography and musical performances on traditional Chinese instruments - was a dramatic telling of the Tang Dynasty history.
|LANDSCAPING in CITY PARK|
This plant was growing in the park outside the South Gate of Xian's Ancient City Wall. Its leaves have a beautiful notched heart shape.
"If I keep a Green Bough in my heart, then the Singing Bird will come."