Today was another great day in China. When I got up I worked a little on some art and then decided to take Bus #11 to the biggest lake in Nanjing called Xuanwu Lake Park. It is basically one big park and is very beautiful. A big part of the old Ming city wall is there so I decided to walk it. Here is what I wrote.
12:00 noon, right now I am sitting on the Nanjing Great Wall that was built by the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty. Parts of the wall also date back to the 2nd century AD. A Chinese man in a red shirt just walked up to me and I said, “Knee How”. He replied the same and then offered me a cigarette, that was a little strange. It is a beautiful day out with mostly cloudy skies with a few peaks of sunshine. There is a slight breeze but I am not sure if the clouds are smog or just haze coming from moisture, most likely the latter. There is a huge lake below me called Xuanwu Lake. It has lots of little boats on it somewhat like paddleboats. As I sit on a bench facing the lake I can see Purple Mountain to my right and a large golden metal round building somewhat like the BC dome below it. I have been walking for about an hour and I think I will walk some more.
I ended up walking the entire wall I could walk and then walked down to the lake and spent a little time there. Then I decided to take a bus to the Nanjing Art Museum. I got a little mixed up what road was what so I ended up just walking to the museum. I had a little difficult time finding it and when I finally did I found out they were closed that day but would be open tomorrow. I called Lisa and she said take bus #65 and it would take me back to campus, which it did. When I stepped off the bus I checked my phone for any messages and I had one from Professor Du (she came to BC two years ago). It said, “Are you free now.” I was free so I called her up and she ended up taking me to a tea house for tea and dinner. We talked for about 3 hours and the time flew by. I then got back to campus where I met Lynn to walk to a bamboo flute concert at the Nanjing Art Institute Concert Hall. We had a great time listening to some incredible sounds from a lot of Chinese instruments with the bamboo flute as a soloist. Now I am typing my entry before I go to sleep. I can’t load it tonight as the internet is like a dead turtle.
Oh yea, one more thing I did today was before climbing the Ming wall I went to the Jiming Temple which has a bunch of Buddha statues and a large pagoda but the pagoda was under scaffolding for repair. Shucks! When you entered the complex they handed you three incense candles for when you get to the top. There were lots of people praying to the many, many gods along the way and when I got to the top I lit the three incense sticks and stuck them where everyone else was sticking theirs. I lit up one for Linda, one for Michael, and one for Forrest, sorry mom, I only had three.