Thank you China for a wonderful visit. I’ve been here for three weeks and had a great time visiting your temples, pagodas and caves. All offered fascinating looks into the past, monuments that tell stories of this great land throughout the dynasties.
The opportunities to find photographs with text and image were countless. I was impressed with both the old and new–old brick cities behind historic walls to some of the most unique modern architecture in the world with messages of harmony everywhere.
The Buddhist tradition here in China is centuries years old, and you have preserved it flawlessly, creating easy access to most shrines at very reasonable prices.
At the same time, you have built new modern complexes that meld the old with the new, tantalizing the five senses:
I heard stringed instruments that I didn’t know existed.
I saw your efficient use of space and newly constructed high-rise apartment buildings to house your people.
I touched the polished surfaces of unique jade sculptures.
I heard the tranquil sounds of the Buddhist chants in the temples.
I smelled the sizzling, unique food, freshly cooked on giant grills in the street markets–squid, scorpions, and pork, the later being the best I’ve ever tasted.
Finally, you move your billion-plus masses with precision. Your trains are fast and on-time. The traffic, while heavy, always seems to move. And the accomodations you offer are modern and staffed with many helpful people.
Thank you, again, China.