DAY 6 SHANDONG TRAVEL QILU WINE & HAIKU 216 FERMENT
MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 216: FERMENT
gulp down strong white wine
forget all kinds of ferment
clear stable spirit
Chinese white wine, baijiu or shaojiu, literally means boiled liqueur from fermented sorghum, contains more than 60% alcohol; and is not wine by western definition, but more of whisky. The small cup I had has 62% alcohol; cost me RMB 10, with the cup and a packet of nuts. Good fragrance with strong burning sip, and in large gulp, easy to go off balance.
DAY 5 SHANDONG TRAVEL: YANGJIABU FOLK VILLAGE, WEIFANG & HAIKU 207
paper birds surf wind
carry grief to dead domain
sever attached strings
In April Chinese pay respect to the dead in the month of Qingming (Ghost Festival). They fly their kites in remembrance of their dear ones, among the winds, carrying grief message and bad omen to the netherworld. They cut off the worldly cords, as symbolism of detachment; each have their own lives to live.
Now kite flying is more of a social entertainment event. In international festive show, it would be a great sight.