TUJA SANDSTONE PAINTING, TEA, SILK AND GRAND CANYON OF ZHANGJIAJIE
I penned these lines after my climb on TIANMEN (heavenly) CAVE:
PEERING AT ONE HOLE FROM ANOTHER HOLE
Enter the gate of heaven, the hole seen from the distance is no longer here;
Inside the fairy and foggy cave, visualization is blinded by standing too near.
The key to heaven hangs there, the physical door not to be seen anywhere.
Beyond the thousand steps, only the heart unlocks the gate of paradise flare.
From heaven, peers down the steps to descend to earthly gate before climb;
The return journey opens the mind and sees the hole with changing paradigm.
We left Pullman Hotel after breakfast, and visited a silk store, a tea house and a Tuja (minority) Arts Centre and Shopping Village, on separate days. The shopping was obviously boring, but an obligation to stay in each for an hour, with or without purchases. The Tuja Sandstone painting was worthy of visit, and the shopping village, still under construction, was fashioned after Tuja villages. After lunch, it was a grand tiring walk down the steps of Grand Canyon and the valley park. It’s an experience of a lifetime, especially descending down the giant slides.