Temple in the sky

Today heralds a bright new year: the Year of the Rabbit. A year of peace and collaboration according to Chinese astrology.

The rabbit symbolizes graciousness, kindness and a sensitivity to beauty.

When I lived in China, it was always a time of great excitement. Students flocked home on overflowing trains – often travelling for days to be re-united with their families.

Red and gold dominated the streets as did happy smiles and the sense of finding a new beginning in the ending of things. And no matter what the weather, we all carried blue skies within us.

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” — Lao Tzu

恭喜发财 Gong Xi Fa Cai | Happy Lunar New Year! 兔年顺利 Tu Nian Xun Li.

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70 thoughts on “Temple in the sky

  1. how cool to have lived there…esp during one of these celebrations…cool on the meaning as well..we could use a little of all three of those…love the pics as always too…cool textures in their architecture….


  2. “carrying blue skies within us” is something to aspire to every day, isn’t it? And the Lao Tzu quote was quite moving… Thank you. The Chinese New Year is mentioned in educational settings but not much in the “real” world so I am glad you (and other bloggers) reminded me of this. I like the distinctions the Year of The Rabbit bring with it.


  3. I would miss so much beauty without your photography! The best part, though, is that I’m starting to see it here in my own world. That may well be the best gift I will receive all year.


  4. I love the things you see through your lens.
    Oh that red…in the second photo made it all the more special!


  5. Happy New Year to you and the rabbit!!! Those pictures are just awesomely beautiful sweetie!!! (turnin’ an ugly color of green here)

    God bless ya and have a warm fuzzy kinda day my friend!!! :o)


  6. Hello Ladyfi!
    Thank you for leaving acomment on my blog!
    I’m so glad you did because I have been really enjoying looking at all the amazing photos you take!

    Hopefully the Mumma Human will become good with her camera like that one day!

    your pal,
    Digby dog


  7. My great grand Father left China for Borneo in 1907.

    I have not returned to the land of my forefathers. Now I live for memories, stories of my grand dad.

    My husband says when they have the fast train, we will go and visit.


  8. Actually I was born into year of rabbit. Can you guess my age? I wonder if I am gracious, kind and sensitive to beauty?

    “Carrying blue skies within us”: I’ll keep it in mind. Thank you.


  9. Hi LadyFi! Kung Hei Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year! It is celebrated here too in big cities like Rotterdam.
    It’s a colourful happening and just the thing we need in grey months like January and February.


  10. I caught your note that you taught in Changsha. I hope it was more recently, because the last time I was there, in 1987, it was the armpit of the world and I have stories… 😀 Lovely shots of the temple roofs. I will greet you in Cantonese, as they were the first to use this expression and my sweetheart is from Guangdong: Kung Hei Fat Choi!


    1. I was there 1984-87 so definitely not a congenial place. In fact, for most of my students, I was the first foreigner they had ever seen. My students were lovely, but the authorities did NOT like us foreigners and life was difficult.


  11. oh my, I’m happy you paid me a visit because I love what you’re doing here; your photos are magnificent! You could teach me a few things, most certainly. And I also love the Lao Tzu quote. have a great weekend, and happy SWF.


  12. Living in China would have be a very interesting experience. I will never have an occasion to even visit. I enjoy it when you share some of the sights and points of interest from there.


  13. I love that quote. I’ve always found those types of sentiments so profound and yet so simple and difficult at the same time.

    And my son came home all excited about him being born in the year of the monkey! He thought that was terrific!


  14. Lady Fi! Happy New Year!! I had no idea you lived in China!? How exciting. Alas my chinese sign is the “Boar” or at least thats what it says on the placemat at the Chinese resturaunt!? lol I hope you are having a wonderful start to your New Year:)


  15. YOU LIVED IN CHINA!! I am guessing another place your father was a diplomat at. WOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!
    Have you written a book, because if so I want to read it.
    AWESOME photos…what art. So much beauty!


    1. I’ve written lots of text books to teach English, but not a book about my life.

      I wasn’t in China with my dad, but under my own steam as a volunteer teacher after I graduated from university.


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