After two days of digging through the markets and the back alley shops, I finally found Mr. Wang 王先生:
There was one thing I especially liked about this guy – his positive mental attitude.
We both agreed that I needed something like Teacher Xie’s cart. I drew up something to explain.
And Mr. Wang said he could build it within a few days time.
So we’ll see.
This way, with a lazy afternoon on my hands, I went to check out the cultural sights of this place.
First and most important of all, there’s the Sleeping Buddha 卧佛:
At a length of about 30 meters, it’s supposed to be the largest indoor sleeping Buddha in China.
Unfortunately, the whole area was undergoing construction work.
I wandered about the place snapping pictures here and there in the different exposition halls:
…then someone told me to stop; no photos!
Well, we’ve all heard that one before (1 good thing, 4 nice people, 1 bad thing, and a possible solution to a problem, leaders of the valley, souvenirs).
But no worries – there were always so many beautiful things just around the corner to photograph:
Should I thank those people for helping me pick a subject?
Well everything – the nice and the ugly – it all gets boring after a while…
Here’s the famous Wooden Pagoda 木塔 of Zhangye:
(one thing that’s funny about this picture: try scrolling it up and down, and it’ll look like the pagoda is growing)
The pagoda is originally from the dynasty of Sui 隋 (581-618), but has been restored over and over since then.
I drifted about aimlessly, just enjoying a lazy walk in the city:
…taking pictures of the things above:
Then I came to a park called Ganquan Park 甘泉公园:
It was not too warm and not too cool, just perfectly mild, and there were a lot of people out drinking and chatting, looking like they were having a good time.
I sat down in a place where there was a young guy with long hair and a guitar, then I ordered an ice-tea and listened to him sing.