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中国丽江纳西族 - 木府是土皇帝的故居

中国丽江真是个好地方。这古城有一句非常让人遐想的口号:“来丽江享受柔软时光”。用“柔软”二字形容时间,也许在其他地方是不可思议,也不恰当的词儿,可是在慵懒的丽江午后,坐在茶馆,一手拿杯子轻触唇边,让幽幽的茶香刺激嗅觉,清淡的茶水滋润喉间,另一手握住书卷,让文字填满思维,触动内心最深处的灵魂

单单静躺着读书品茶是很好的选择,可是到了古城,不走走体会当地的古迹文化,却会是人生一大憾事。

木府就是这样一个不能不去的地方。

明代徐霞客给木府留下的惊叹代徐霞客给木府留下的惊叹代徐霞客给木府留下的惊叹从木府出来,门前的大片大理墙上,金碧生辉的金色字体写:”宫室之丽,拟于王者”。那是明朝徐霞客游毕木府后发出的惊叹。我曾走过北京王城,堂皇富丽的装饰,雕栏玉砌的楼台,金碧辉煌的宫瓦,热闹竞艳的宫中野史。。。。。每个转角处都有故事等我去寻探,木府想在这儿跟北京城较量还不够资格。

忠义两双全是木府土司的执著?


诚然,木府有它的特色。它不是万岁王府,也算是当年“土皇帝”的居所。纳西族姓木的土司曾统治丽江470年,历经元,明,清三个朝代,一直对朝廷忠义不二,单单在木府入口处的石牌坊就写有“忠义“两字,乃是明朝万历皇帝批准建造的。第十代土司木泰所题的诗句,如今是对联挂牌坊两侧,“凤昭每来红日近,鹤书不到白云闲”,意即皇帝诏书一到,心里犹如与太阳亲近般暖和;长期没接到朝廷文书,心里就象白云闲飞般空洞。这对联是凸显土司忠君爱国的情怀,还是他猛拍皇帝马屁的脸孔?这是见仁见智的问题。

木府的建筑群没有精雕细琢的纹理,却处处表现粗线条的勾勒,少了一分刻意装饰的荣华,多了一分清新自然的淳朴。这里一花一草,一景一物都与自然融合一体,走在平实的石路上,心情不会有太大起伏波动,也不常出现让人惊叹的飞檐楼阁,可是我的心有着一股平静和安稳,有回归自然的快意。

丽江木府,更深了解你以后,你的魅力不亚于金碧辉煌的王城宫殿!

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Amazing Langkawi Beach

It was an amazing and relaxing holiday!

Most of the other vacations I had were joining a travel tour, trying to capture as many beautiful shots of the places and absorbing as much “information” about the places (which I forget 90% of it after a few months or even weeks).

This holiday is different. It was a self-drive holiday to Langkawi and Penang from 21st – 28th July, 2014.

Of course we did not miss the classical tourist attractions, but we spent much time just to enjoy a swim in the sea or in the hotel’s pool, find some interesting eating places where we could devour the food plus chat about anything and everything.

The following shot was taken by Wynne. I love it because of the relax atmosphere depicted here.

Lankkawi

I also managed to capture a beautiful sunset shot. A clean and pure shot of the sun and the waves. Continue reading

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Wish You Were There? I love to be there!

33 Unbelievable Places To Visit

God has created an amazing planet earth. Some of the most beautiful places here could make you breathless when you see them. There is no other alternative but to travel around and see them with your own eyes. Travel has always been my first choice of spending my free time and affordable money (if I have some).

I came across these 33 photos of beautiful places on this planet earth. Some of them I have seen them, like the amazing “Avatar Tianzi mountain” in zhangjiajie, China, the Reed Flute Cave in Guilin, China and the Pamukkale hot spring in Turkey. However there are still 30 others I have not seen.

I hop you enjoy these photos as much as I do.

The original post can be found by clicking HERE.

33 Unbelievable Places To Visit Before You Die. I Can’t Believe These Actually Exist On Earth…

Mark Pygas
So many other-worldly places exist right on our planet, and we never even knew about it. Here are 33 landmarks that look like paintings and scenes from science fiction movies.

Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia

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During the rainy season, the world’s largest salt flat becomes the world’s largest mirror. The Salar was born when several prehistoric lakes joined into one. The salt flat is so reflective, it’s used to calibrate satellites.

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Photography as a hobby – anyone?

I have been trying to learn photography, not so much I want to take professional-looking photos to impress others, it’s more that I want to take reasonably good pictures family activities, church events and my holidays. However, I always find it hard to pick up my camera. Time is such a scarce resource that I hardly find enough of it to rest, not to mention the luxury of taking a few hours strolling around with camera.

Someone told me when you have a will there is a way. I admit I don’t have enough passion for photography to sacrifice my other activities. However, there are specific times when we go for holidays. I would surely not miss the opportunity to experiment and try taking reasonable shots. If you are like me, hard to find time in your normal busy schedule to play with your camera set, don’t have enough passion to sacrifice others for this hobby – don’t loose heart, just learn the skills naturally when you are away from your normal routines – holidays and traveling. I am yet to form the habit to bring my camera along in my normal days.

I find the blog post below good for inspiration and motivation that we should not give up the hobby. You can find the original post here: http://digital-photography-school.com/3-tips-on-how-to-approach-photography-as-a-hobby/

One day we will be surprised that we can actually take good pictures that even amaze us.

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Unique and Awesome Places of the World

Be in awe at these places

I received a wonderful email from my friend Simon, sharing with me these unique and awesome places in the world. I really hope that I could have the opportunities to see some of them some time…..

I hope you enjoy reading and seeing these photos too.

Somewhere in Vietnam .. Canal River through a paddyfield

Beautiful New Zealand.. !!

Facing a Barracuda through a Giant Aquarium

Enchanted River is found in Philippines. It is called “enchanted” because no one has ever reached its bottom. Many people, including scuba divers, have tried reaching for the bottom but have failed, hence the legend of its bottomless pit. Moreover, locals share that NOBODY has been successful in catching the fish in this river, whether by hand or by spear. They say its bluish color is a result of its depth and the water clarity changes throughout the day. At around 12:00 pm, the water becomes clearer and even more majestic. 

Under the clear blue water of Lake Huron in Ontario,

3D Street Art , Rennes, France.

Tree house,Philippines

A stone path across a lake in Poland

Ausangate mountain, Andes, Peru. Want to go on a trek

The water spirals of Elakala Waterfalls ~ Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia

Zhangjiaje Stone Forest in Hunan, China. It is the inspiration for the floating mountains in the movie “Avatar.”

Hong Kong.

Purple and Orange Starfish on the Beach

Greenland

Poland has a forest full of bent pine trees (Crooked Forest)

Christ the Redeemer Statue overlooking the whole of Rio was pretty special. You could see it from everywhere you went. I also have to say that the majority of the people who lived there, including the ‘natives’ (especially in the favelas) knew exactly who it was and respected it and what it stands for.

Every home should have this! – The staircase slider

The Astonishing Annual Red Crab Migration
Each year millions of bright red land crabs leave their burrow homes on Australia’s Christmas Island and start a long, laborious trek toward the sea. They descend cliffs, climb banks and maneuver around obstacles to reach the shoreline and lay their eggs, eventually returning to the island’s central plateau with their offspring in tow. The synchronized migration resembles a crimson-colored river undulating across the island and can last up to 18 days. The event typically takes place in November or December (the crabs will only move when it’s raining) and coincides with the turning of high tide and the arrival of the waning moon.   

The Inhabited Volcanic Island of Aogashima, Japan.

Guelta d’Archei Oasis, Sahara Desert

The Victoria water lily is native to the Amazon river

Gudvangen, Norway

The Tibetan Bridge in Claviere, Piedmont, Italy.

Awesome Lighted Cherry Blossom Lake (Sakura, Japan) – Beautiful

Prskalo Waterfall, Serbia

Perspective, The Redwoods, California ( The Redwood Forest)

Zachariasbryggen – Bergen, Norway

Cave Hotel in Cederberg Mountains, South Africa.

Vanishing Underwater Roller Coaster in Japan !!

Off the Amalfi Coast, Florence in  Italy

A Bougainvilla Patio Garden

Gorgeous reflection

Voringfossen is the 83rd highest waterfall in Norway on the basis of total fall.

Preikestolen, Norway

The Great Artificial Elephant, Nantes, France,

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