Sunday, April 12, 2009

Temple of Heaven Park 2

Tiantan, Beijing 090410 ©Ingrid Booz Morejohn

It's a topsy-turvy world at the Temple of Heaven. Not bad for a 75+ year old lady!

Torture at the Temple of Heaven

Tiantan, Beijing 090410 ©Ingrid Booz Morejohn

It's been a while since I could do something like this...

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Tiantan, Beijing 090410 ©Ingrid Booz Morejohn

Why doesn't my husband take me to the park to dance? I suppose that's why they call this park in Beijing the Temple of Heaven ;-)

The Porn House

Shenlu, Ming Shisanling, Beijing 090411 ©Ingrid Booz Morejohn

On Saturday I took my group to the Spirit Way at the Ming Tombs north of Beijing. Since I was there last year they have put up new signs explaining the layout of the tombs and the animals and human figures that are lined up along the Spirit Way that was meant to lead the emperor's soul back to the world beyond. I have always thought that the signs were perfectly fine, good English, clear picture, etc etc. The animal figures along the beautiful shenlu consist of a pair standing up (Standing Camel) and a pair crouching down (Prone Camel). A legend says that the two couples work together guarding the spirit of the emperor on his last journey and switch places in the middle of the night when it's time for a "change of guard". 

Something wonky happened with the new translation it seems (probably put up for the "hoards of tourists" that the Beijing authorities "thought" were going to come for the Olympics in Aug 2008). The bad camel and the equally bad elephant are now in the Porn House.  Naughty animals!

Deformed man end place

Chengdu 090409 ©Ingrid Booz Morejohn

When I left to fly to Beijing on Thursday this was the sign that met me in the woman's bathroom at Shuangliu Airport here in Chengdu (handicap toilet). The Chinese is: cán jí rén zhuān wèi: cán jí rén = handicapped or disabled person (jí is sickness or disease) and zhuān (for a particular person) wèi (place or position). I didn't know whether I should cry or laugh.

What is a man doing in the woman's bathroom anyway?