One of my memories as a boy
was doing a
day trip across the river to the giant Buddha. In 700 A.D. this
enormous sitting Buddha
was carved out of the sandstone facing the river, and it is still reputed
to be the largest Buddha
in the world. As we took the taxi across the bridge, I imagined
a 15 minute excursion to photograph the Buddha
and check the box of memories. It turned out
that the Buddha
is just one of many huge Buddhas in a park covering several hills.
It was a setting which demanded to be explored and photographed.. Around every bend
were statues, giant stone staircases, temples, and tingtzes (gazebos),
each capturing an enchanting view of the river, a pond or a
spent three hours there, and finished it up with a pedicab ride back
to the river.
Storm over the Min River.
Ancestral worship candles.
For our last dinner together,
we ate at a magnificent restaurant on the river. We ordered
perhaps ten patters of various meats and vegetables, which we cooked
in the broth at the center of the table. We washed this down
with chilled peanut juice. The uniformed waiters
provided impeccable service. We commented that in few places in
the United states could one find a restaurant of this quality.
When the bill finally came, it amounted to $5.00 per person.
We said goodbye in the
morning. Jim and Cherry headed back to Chengdu
and I caught a bus for the six hour ride to Chongqing.
Jim and I grew up in Taiwan
together, and so it was fitting to awaken childhood memories in a
setting which so well replicated our Taiwan experience of 50 years
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Map of Sichuan Province: http://encarta.msn.com/map_701516531/sichuan.html
Map of Yangtze River, Chongqing to Wuhan: http://encarta.msn.com/map_701517763/Yangtze.html
best if you zoom in a bit.
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