DAY 6 SHANDONG TRAVEL & HAIKU 222: LOFTY LIES

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

 

Note:

 

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.

 

4 thoughts on “DAY 6 SHANDONG TRAVEL & HAIKU 222: LOFTY LIES

    1. wonkywizard Post author

      Chinese wine and beer are not popular in Malaysia. Now they are planting more vines; maybe the price will fall. I find Chinese hard liquor too strong for me.

      Reply
      1. Claudia McGill

        I am not much a drinker of any kind (I have been known to choose a bottle of wine from the label, I am partial to one that has a cat on it, most recently). And any hard liquor, well, I fall asleep after not much of it. But I like the look of vineyards and the grapes growing.

      2. wonkywizard Post author

        I drink all kinds of liquor; good alcohol tolerance. However, I don’t imbibe much, hardly ever drink alone, except the occasionally beer or stout. I love the views at vineyards, and the meals there.

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