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Mount Tai

One of the traditions on Mt Tai is to leave a red ribbon or lock clasped to something at one of the temples in memory of a loved one who has passed. The belief is that when a body dies the soul continues to live, these remembrances are left as a reminder to the soul to stay close to home. Read more →


Jimei, Xiamen, China

I am sitting on a bench in the lovely, well manicured garden of Guilai Tang. In the background I hear the beat of the dragon boat drum. In my mind's eye I can see the oars in sync with the music, propelling the long thin boat ever faster through the lagoon. I look up and find myself surrounded by a tapestry of buildings dedicated to higher learning. Jimei has evolved around it's schools. Read more →