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Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Mount Tai 泰山 is a mountain of historical and cultural significance in China.
Mount Tai is one of the Five Sacred Mountains. It is associated with sunrise, birth, and renewal, and is often regarded the foremost of the five. Mount Tai has been a place of worship for at least 3,000 years.
In ancient times, the first thing for an emperor to do on ascending to the throne was to climb Mount Taishan and pray to heaven and earth or their ancestors. It was said that 72 emperors of different dynasties made pilgrimages to this mountain. These special ceremonies and sacrifices earned the mountain widespread fame.
In addition, many poets and literary scholars also visited the mountain to gain inspiration. The grandiose temples, the numerous stone inscriptions and stone tablets are the best testaments to these visits. Mt. Tai also played an important role in the development of Buddhism and Taoism.
There are many different ways to reach the top. First we took a mini-bus up to the "middle gate". From there, we walked step by step up hundreds of stone steps (to be precise 7200) to the south gate.
Reaching the path of 18 bends.
People tie red ribbons on tree branches on the mountaintop in order to bring happiness, love and peace.
There were many shops and outdoor vendors selling all kind of stuff.
The street is called Heavenly Street and is lined with a number of temples and viewing pavilions.
Taishan Mount is a natural museum abounding with cultural relics and artworks.
1,500 meters above sea level.
People put a lock on incense burners and marble handrails in order to bring love, luck and happiness.
It was listed in the World Natural and Cultural Heritage List by UNESCO in 1987.
Mount Taishan is supposed to be one of the best places in the country to view a sunrise. We weren't that lucky, though to enjoy it, since we went there at noon.
We took the cable car to go back down the mountain.
It was really tiring ride to get there. The traffic was awful, so it took us 9 hours, but it was worth it.
Monday, October 25, 2010
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Be sure to thank and link back to the person who gave you the award.
* Share 7 things about yourself.
* Pass the award to other bloggers who you think deserve it.
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So, 7 things about me:
1. I love flowers. All kind of flowers. But I hate those artificial.
2. I love snow and snowflakes. As a child I was always wondering what happened to the snowflakes once they landed down on my palm. I was kind of sad. They'd disappear in a second.
3. Photography. I love my camera, but I realized I need a new one. I don't like when people brag about their brand new cameras and have no idea how to use them.
4. I believe in love.
5. I'm afraid of tunnel-like places. Is that claustrophobia? I think not..
6. Haiku. I hope I can translate Japanese haiku into Macedonian. One day! Ever...Well, since I'm not studying Japanese...Hmm..That's kind of impossible..
7. I like number 7. Do believe in numerology.
I pass this award to all those whose blogs/posts I really enjoy reading, to those who visit/comment mine too. To name a few, Clytie at Random hearts, Robert at daily Athens, Joo at daily Haiku, Beth at Expect the unexpected, Toemail, Evelyn at Enjoying the good life, Dave at the Hidden Realm
So, if you feel feel like playing along, do it. If not, it's OK. The award is yours, anyhow. :)
Thanks to all.
Xie xie Ana.
Прекрасна разгледница coming your way!!!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
A boy was watching his grandmother write a letter. At one point he asked:
‘Are you writing a story about what we’ve done? Is it a story about me?’
His grandmother stopped writing her letter and said to her grandson:
I am writing about you, actually, but more important than the words is the pencil I’m using. I hope you will be like this pencil when you grow up.’
Intrigued, the boy looked at the pencil. It didn’t seem very special.
‘But it’s just like any other pencil I’ve ever seen!’
‘That depends on how you look at things. It has five qualities which, if you manage to hang on them, will make you a person who is always at peace with the world.’
‘First quality: you are capable of great things, but you must never forget that there is a hand guiding your steps. We call that hand God, and He always guides us according to His will.’
‘Second quality: now and then, I have to stop writing and use a sharpener. That makes the pencil suffer a little, but afterward, he’s much sharper. So you, too, must learn to bear certain pains and sorrows, because they will make you a better person.
‘Third quality: the pencil always allows us to use an eraser to rub out any mistakes. This means that correcting something we did is not necessarily a bad thing; it helps to keep us on the road to justice.’
‘Fourth quality: what really matters in a pencil is not its wooden exterior, but the graphite inside. So always pay attention to what is happening inside you.’
‘Finally, the pencil’s fifth quality: it always leaves a mark. in just the same way, you should know that everything you do in life will leave a mark, so try to be conscious of that in your every action’
Like Flowing River by Paulo Coelho