September - October 2018
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    What’s In a Name?

    September 29, 2018 in China ⋅ 81 °F

    As to the reason why it’s called the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, there’s a legend about it. According to the ancient stories of Buddhists, there were two sects, and for one of the groups eating meat was not a taboo. One day, this group couldn't find meat to buy. Upon seeing a group of big wild geese flying by, a monk said to himself: 'Today we have no meat. I hope the merciful Bodhisattva will give us some.' At that very moment, the leading wild goose broke its wings and fell to the ground. All the monks were startled and believed that Bodhisattva showed them his spirit in order to get them to be more pious. They established a pagoda where the wild goose fell and stopped eating meat completely.Read more

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    Rooftops

    September 29, 2018 in China ⋅ 48 °F

    Just like in the Forbidden City, the architecture here is so beautiful and filled with amazing details. The look of the buildings here seem to suggest that they are better cared for though. I wonder if the monks take care of these buildings themselves. It would explain why they look so good. If this is their home, they would certainly take good care of it.Read more

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    Purification

    September 29, 2018 in China ⋅ 48 °F

    As we were entering the temple grounds, we saw lots of people going through these purification rituals. I remember seeing this sort of thing when I visited some of the Buddhist temples in Japan. It’s important to remember that, for many of the people here, this is much more than a tourist attraction. This is their religion.Read more

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    Temple Bell

    September 29, 2018 in China ⋅ 48 °F

    Bells are very important in Chinese Buddhist Temples. The loud and melodious sound of the bells are often used to convene monks. Additionally, each morning and night, beating the bell 108 times symbolizes the relief of the 108 kinds of trouble in the human world.Read more

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    Climbing Ivy

    September 29, 2018 in China ⋅ 81 °F

    I’m already so impressed by the beauty of this place! I can’t wait to see the rest of it! Kathy doesn’t like buildings that have the ivy growing up the walls, like seen here. For whatever reason, she thinks it’s creepy. As for myself, I love that look! I’d love to have that growing on our house but I know that she’ll never allow it.Read more

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    Giant Wild Goose Pagoda

    September 29, 2018 in China ⋅ 48 °F

    This is our first look at the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda. It was built in 652 during the Tang dynasty and originally had just five stories. The structure was rebuilt in 704 during the reign of Empress Wu Zetian and its exterior brick facade was renovated during the Ming dynasty.Read more

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    Ready to Go In

    September 29, 2018 in China ⋅ 48 °F

    For my first impressions, this place makes me think of the Forbidden City. It seems to have that same sort of architecture but this place looks much cleaner, preserved and taken care of than what we saw in Beijing. So far, I’m liking Xi’an!Read more

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    Pagoda Bound

    September 29, 2018 in China ⋅ 48 °F

    Lee was taking us to see the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a popular tourist site in Xi’an which also happens to be a very holy place for Buddhists. I’m not sure why this is yet but I’ll do a little research and find out.Read more

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    Xi’an Train Station

    September 29, 2018 in China ⋅ 68 °F

    The train station in Xi’an seems so big, modern and clean! I can see already that Xi’an is going to be a very different city than Beijing. Our new tour guide, Lee, met us at the exit gate and then rushed us out to the waiting bus. Rather than going to a hotel to relax and freshen up, our touring was to start immediately!Read more

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    We’re in Xi’an!

    September 29, 2018 in China ⋅ 68 °F

    I must have fallen asleep because the next thing I know I’m being woken up and was told that we’re in Xi’an. Strangely, even though I slept, I don’t feel rested. In fact, I feel even more tired than if I hadn’t slept. I guess that I didn’t get into a deep enough sleep to really rest. I’m just glad that I was able to have the time pass faster while I slept. I enjoyed riding on the bullet train though. I wouldn’t mind riding another one sometime.Read more