Tuesday, April 3, 2007

++China, MaoDzeDong in early days++

Visiting China, I went off the beaten track in Jiangsu region.


..The garden was located in the outskirts of the city. Here, once

again history was alive, the old Ming styled houses occupied by

modern day people. The tall doors leading into the courtyards were reminiscent of times gone by.


No one could imagine 600 years had passed since the former residence

of a wealthy landowner was built.


Yet, here we stood, stunned, intrigued by what we saw. A lake had

been placed in the midst, its water overwhelmed with Lotus blossoms, giving the

whole scenery a colorful image.


Pavillions strewed along the lake, on long summer evenings

the Da Ren was known to walk his favorite wive and servants here, resting where we stand now, 600 years later.


The former Da Ren was a man of great social standing, judging

from the dimensions of the site.

Only persons with immense wealth could afford such luxury, or the

Emperor.


During the Long March, Mao Dze Dong personally visited the area.



Amazing the old courtyards, in which one can get lost, facades built

from pinewood, the finest carvings, chairs made of rosewood.


A feeling of Nostalgia overcomes one, wandering along the trails, the alleys. Our thoughts go back hundreds of years, not being able to contemplate the wonders we encountered here.



Fountains in the middle of the courtyard, man-made open water ducts leading to kitchen and bathhouse.


We sigh upon our wandering of spirits, we are lost in a forgotten

time.


It takes a full 4 hours to stroll along the lake, and when we leave,

we take our memories with us.


Getting back to reality is hard, leaving such a tranquil oasis of peace

even more.



It is getting late, and we have to reach back to our town, few miles

away from where we stand.








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