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Monday, June 25, 2012

Lugu Lake, Heaven on Earth

Rock came to Yunnan in 1922. He spent 27 years in Yunnan, and for over 20 years he lived on an island in Lugu Lake. 

Rock had deep emotion of this land which is surrounded by water. When he was dying, he told his best friend (in 1926) that, he preferred to die among the flowers on Lugu Island, instead of dying in the hospital in Hawaii.

Today I follow the footsteps of Rock to this incredible lake. There are 5 islands, 3 peninsulas, 1 seawall attached island. They are of different shapes with thousands of green trees. They look like green boats floating on the lake.

I was sitting beside the lake quietly. Before I came here, I am a city man with too many upset things hunting in my mind.
I couldn’t find a proper word to describe what I saw. Heaven is the only word I can say.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Lugu Lake, the Paradise

“This is most beautiful water ever. I can’t imagine any more fascinating view than this.” Rock once wrote in his journal, “this is the heaven on earth which God lives here.” This is the Lugu Lake which Rock gave such high accomplishment. Lugu Lake is about 50 square kilometers large. Its sea level is nearly 2690m. The local residents of Lugu Lake are mainly Mosuo people. 

Few people heard of Rock, unless you are a big fan of tourism. Joseph F. Rock, the botanist, explorer, photographer and ethnographer, came to China in 1920s and wrote a book named Shangri-La. He was in deep love the customs and natural view of south China. 

Mosuo people treat Lugu Lake as their mother lake. Lugu Lake is rounded by mountains. There are three months of snow cover. The average depth of the lake is 45meters and the deepest place reaches 93meters. The transparency reaches 11meters. It is the deepest freshwater lake in China and the plateau lake of highest elevation in Yunnan province. The lake is surrounded by green mountains. The local people told me that the deepest place of Lugu Lake is 93m. Lugu lake is one of the deepest freshwater lake in China.

Now I follow the footsteps of Rock and come to visit this heaven-like place. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Sharing A Beautiful Poem

A Night Thought
By William Wordsworth
Lo! where the Moon along the sky
Sails with her happy destiny;
Oft is she hid from mortal eye
Or dimly seen,
But when the clouds asunder fly
How bright her mien!

Far different we--a froward race,
Thousands though rich in Fortune's grace
With cherished sullenness of pace
Their way pursue,
Ingrates who wear a smileless face
The whole year through.

If kindred humours e'er would make
My spirit droop for drooping's sake,
From Fancy following in thy wake,
Bright ship of heaven!
A counter impulse let me take
And be forgiven.

The wind tugged at me as I stood at the garden yard. Gazing out at the night sky, I still savor the poem by William Wordsworth. It is called A night thought. Moon, so purity as it is, always is the hot theme of poetries.

In Chinese culture, moon is the symbol of homesick. While in western country, moon refers to freedom and hope.

In the A night thought, the writer looked up to the sky. The bright moon was flickering in clouds. When the clouds dispersed, the silver bright of the moon spilt on the poet’s shoulders. The moon inspired him for seeking the freedom and joy.

Monday, June 4, 2012

A Bite of Ninghai

Love, eat and travel are the top three great things in the world. Recently, A Bite of China is very popular in China. I have already introduced this documentary to you in my earlier post. This is a TV program which is about local and classic food in China’s different regions.

Today I want to talk about the delicious food in Ninghai. Ninghai is a city in Zhejiang province of China. Ninghai situates in the eastern part of Zhejiang province and southern flank of the Yangtze Delta. It is grouped in the Shanghai Economic Development Region.

Ninghai is a beautiful city, sitting on the Beach of East Sea. It not only has the fabulous scenery, but also has various delicate foods. It is famous for its various kinds of sea food. What’s more, Ninghai has another name, called the “Land of Abundance”.

Now let me introduce you several delicious dishes for you.

No.1 Beef Tendon with Green Chili.
Do you want to have a try? It is very spicy and Q.

No.2 Garlic Favor Fried Fish.
This tastes really good.

No.3 Soup of Jump Fish.
Just like its name, this kind of fish can jump quite high from the water.

No.4 Red Boiled Chicken.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Some Thoughts about the U.S Confucius Institute Issue

Recently, I heard the news from the TV report that, American government decided to shut down all the Confucius Institutes in U.S.A. I think this policy is really ridiculous and inconsiderable.

Many theories and philosophies of Confucius are still very useful in our modern age. For example, the golden age theory. Golden mean, deriving in Confucius’ age, which has been quoted by countless knowledgeable scholars and saints as their mottos, still dominants the modern age as a sacred life philosophy which might have the gorgeous power successively to affect and benefit the following generations.

More than 2000 years flowing in page of human history, since it firstly advocated, golden mean unlike gold and jewels which have perished in the dust still be worshipped by its adherents for remarkable fascination. In deed it does have the reason for its survival through the long history of human civilization.

However, in the modern age the implication of golden mean unfortunately has changed from the original meaning which has been corrupted with the shadow of sarcasm. Golden mean nowadays is frequently used as kind of evaluation over those indifferent politicians or governments who unwillingly claim their positions. It is regarded as an invulnerable amour to protect those statesmen or governments from their supervisors. This is the misunderstanding of golden mean which actually is symbol of wisdom and philosophy.

Dating back to the ancient age, the original meaning of golden mean implicates to three main principles which could be simplified as, be strict in study and self-esteem , be generous to forgive others, be honest and loyal to the one who deserves it. The three moral fibers regarded as great virtues compose the golden mean and make it glorious through 2000 years or more. It is a waste that people now misapprehend golden mean, but sincerely its glory will one day shine upon us like the old days or more brilliant.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Love, and Then Be Loved

After last night’s dinner with my family, father mentioned a topic to me. he thought that what’s the difference between young generation and the old one. With the development of science and technology, remarkable changes have taken place in our life. Some changes are good while others are not.

Have you ever notice that one of these unwelcome changes is that individualism has come to be accepted among young people. Young people today are in general more self-centered and unsympathetic than older generations although many young people don’t see this way.            

Most, if not all, young people today are self-centered and indifferent to others. It is a common scene in students’ dormitories. Some student cheerfully talks to his friend on the phone at midnight or at noon when his roommates are trying hard to sleep. In order to live more comfortably and conveniently, some students rent houses outside campus or buy mobile phones little realizing how hard their parents may be working to support their higher education.

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In contrast to that, the older generation is self-sacrificed. A suitable case in point is my mother. Like her generation, she had a congenial relationship with the elderly and all her neighbors because of her considerateness.

Another notable characteristic of today’s young people is that they are unsympathetic to others. In public buses, there are usually some seats intended for the old, the weak, the sick, the disabled and the pregnant. But many young people simply take these seats when it’s possible while an elderly man is standing pitifully beside them. Some of them even show no regards for their parents. In sharp contrast, our caring parents always pay attention to our needs and those of others. My parents used to tell me that self-sacrifice is a blessing in disguise and one will be loved only if he loves others.

Young people today are more self-centered and unsympathetic than older generations. It’s necessary for us young people to learn from them: love and then be loved. After all, individualism can only be permitted without the sacrifice of others.

Friday, May 25, 2012

A Bite of China

Are you a food lover? Recently a series of documentary is really hot in China. It is called, A Bite of China.

A Bite of China, also named as Tasting China, is a season of documentary about traditional Chinese food. It is produced by CCTV and broadcasting since May 14th on Channel 1 of CCTV.

I have watched all the seven episodes of A Bite of China. This documentary is really good. It introduces the various characters of diets and food from different regions in China. As a Chinese, A Bite of China gives me the full concept of Chinese food. It lets me feel proud of my country.

The first chapter of A Bite of China is called the Gift of Nature. Every we eat is the gift of nature. There are various geographies in China. Because of this reason, the grains, plants and animals are different from north to south, east to west.

The second episode is talking about the story of staples in different places of China. Basically people live in North China eat noodles, dumplings and other wheaten food. South people are favorite of rice.

Transition of food is the topic of the third chapter. It talks about reproduction of food. The favor of time is the theme of the fourth chapter. The fifth topic is the secrets in kitchen. The sixth episode of A Bite of China is about the combination of five favors in dishes. The topic of last episode is about the land.

The first season of A Bite of China just has seven chapters. I really looking forward for its second season!