Taking it with you

The Wild Geese Temple was well known outside China as a significant place for Japanese and Korean Buddhists to study. Under the Revolution, it was not relevant to China. One of the many places that has been rebuilt under the new openness policy, there are few sections that are old, and most construction is within the last couple of years. The large pagoda is home to a significant library collection.


From there, it was to a workshop that hand carved Jade (just about all Jade is Handcarved) and also “produced” handwoven silk tapestries.


The size of the showroom was amazing – but the prize winner – among all the exquisite items were the garden gnomes.


Passing the old city wall again after lunch – we were on our way to the Emperor’s Terracotta Army.


Discovered by a farmer trying to dig a well in 1974 – it is one of the major archaeological finds of the last and this century. Originally not as well controlled as one would like, the digging has settled into a routine headed by a team of 20 archaeologists and serves as a training ground in China for the discipline. The digs are covered by three enormous buildings, the largest more than a football stadium in size.


Leaving there – it had been a long day and just watching the traffic on the way home –


We have been collecting various signs along the trip. The kids found what is likely to be my favorite stenciled on a passing bus window. And perhaps yours as well, considering the only other sign on the side of the bus was a “no talking to the driver.”



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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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3 Responses to Taking it with you

  1. amanda j says:

    Perhaps I could suggest to the Australian authorities that they could use a similar sign? There is no knitting on our flights AT ALL.

    Was the terracotta army as amazing as it seems it would be?

  2. Raven says:

    No knitting on a bus? How terrible.
    I love the photo of the silk tapestry.

  3. jennifer says:

    Am really enjoying your travel diary. But right now I’m picking myself up off the floor after seeing that sign! Wow.

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