Cultural Heritage

Ba Ba Black Sheep🎵

Do you remember that old song from when you were a kid?: This sheep looks like the kind of sheep who would sing that song 😛 **He is one of the stone statues at a mansion in Gongyi, Henan, China. Some of the statues are centuries old!

Ba Ba Black Sheep,
Have You Any Wool?
Yes Sir, Yes Sir
Three Bags Full 🎵
One for my Master
One for the Maid
One for the Little Boy
Who Lives Down the Lane 🎵




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Cherry Blossom #art

Art in the temple & gardens of Sanjusangendo & Chishaku-in at the beautiful #Kyoto. Facebook reminded me of this trip in my memories today. I still say, if you could only visit one city in all of #Japan, go to Kyoto. Breathtaking history, culture, art, museums, temples, natures, modern. . . . I ❤️ Kyoto as much as I do Seoul (and that’s saying a lot!)

Whistling Through the Vines

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Gongyi is home to the Kang Family Mansion – a Ming Dynasty mansion still preserved centuries later. Also called the KangBaiWan Mansion 河南巩义康百万庄园. It is #10 on China’s list of famous mansions!  A truly beautiful place filled with all sorts of ancient buildings and gardens. At one time, he was apparently the wealthiest businessman in China. The family was famous be being good and virtuous, so much so that the emperor wrote them a poem just for them after 8 generations of wise and honorable leaders in a row.  Wish I could have met them!

Shaolin Temple’s Wushu Monks!

Henan is home to the Shaolin Temple – made famous in Jackie Chan’s films and the center of Chinese Kungfu or “Wushu.”  The monks did a performance for the Henan Tourism Festival!

 

Visiting Gongyi Grottos

Gongyi Grottos – one of 4 Famous grottos in China.  These are places where loyal monks have carefully carved out thousands and millions of buddhas and religious statues into the walls of nearby caves over CENTURIES! An amazing, awe-inspiring sight! Well worth the trip!  Thanks to the #Henan Provincial Government Tourism Bureau for sponsoring us. It was a great day!