DAY 6 SHANDONG TRAVEL & HAIKU 222: LOFTY LIES
MALAYSIAN HAIKU ECHOES 222: LOFTY LIES
lofty lies on right
trade opium for tea, silk
damned if defeated
plunder and pledges
bleed, betrayal and back stab
bullies take their bite
prosper or perish
money, muscles and moral
spare spoiled sons of soil
Readers need to be reminded that China was very advanced in Science and technology, and even in maritime power during the Song Dynasty (960-1279); an age when USA and many nations were no even around. Then for reasons not known to me, it declined quite suddenly in these advances, and did not recovered in later dynasties, such as Tang. It co-existed with Liao dynasty (907-1125), which perished totally and the Khitans, as an ethnicity also disappeared; maybe Sinicized, Mongolised or more Islamised.
When trade in tea, porcelain and silk were not in Western favour, opium was introduced into the kingdom to offset the imbalances. War broke out and China lost; territories were ceded and rights granted. Many smaller Europeans nations took their bite; India under British colonial army invaded the countries then.
The above pictures from Changyu Wine Museum, with a large underground wine cellar. I have read that China does produce good white and red wine. The prices in the factory was generally high, and the tasted samples were not good enough.
The pictures below were from Yantai Mountain; again a long ascend, but more easy climb than Mount Tai.