My friends Zhu Hui, Master Qi 祁师傅 and Li Na 李娜 got me into a car and drove up to the Tianshan mountains today:
It was very beautiful up there…
…where the sheep walk in the middle of the road…
…and the cows…
…and the shepherds…
…enjoy the daily luxury of a sight that money can’t buy:
We passed some kids who spread their arms as wide as they could as soon as they saw the camera:
And we passed some cows that were totally oblivious to our presence:
I took a time-lapse of the lake from a different perspective:
We hadn’t come here for this though. What we were looking for was these guys:
Kangjia Shimenzi Rock Engravings 康家石门子岩画.
They date back more than 3000 years, but have only been discovered about two or three decades ago.
The engravings cover a relatively small surface of plain rock…
…and they depict mostly human bodies in an artistically exaggerated fashion:
I wasn’t sure if this ancient artwork was meant to hint at sexy time (or the joy of procreation) but some of the figures sure did look like they were massively hung:
Or maybe they were just wielding some sort of ancient magic sticks?
Too bad some idiots had scribbled over large parts of what was left of the engravings:
I turned around and looked at the scenery opposing the rocks:
Had the vegetation changed during the last three millennia? Was the shape of the hills still the same? Did the air have a different shade of blue today?
In my imagination, all this didn’t matter. I was looking at the exact same sight as the rock engravers did. There was a sheep bleating in the distance. Another sheep answered. A bird circled over the hills. Everything was very quiet.
I stood there for a long time.
When we came back into town that night, we played a few games which I wasn’t very good at:
At the same time I somehow managed to come up with a half decent time-lapse of the sun setting over Shihezi:
It had been a good day.