This is what the future looks like.
The things you hear about China are true. There are moments when you get so angry at china that sometimes you want to yell obscenities to the folks on the street because of the way they look at you, or the snickers you get when you know they are snickering at you. You can discover smells that never should exist in any location publicly. The traffic is atrocious and you think you get a break on the weekend…. Nope that’s when it gets worst because everyone is out and about then. If you happen to be in a tourist spot like myself it can make it a real nightmare on the weekends. The best part is when you do rant and rave all you do is look more foolish because it’s not like most understand what you are saying anyway.
Then you find a spot of your own and you just sit there and watch the people pass by as the scenery literally takes your breath away. All the snickering becomes friendly waves and attempts to say hello to the only foreigners they’ve seen. The traffic behind you is drowned out by the peaceful feeling you get deep down as you find that inner Zen that you were hoping to find when you came to China.
For me, when I find that Zen state I stumble on things that are so beautiful that sometimes it’s hard to put into words. Like West Lake in the morning and its wall of mist that obscures the world that lives in and on the lake. After finding the Lake one morning after one of those Welcome to China moments, I found my first Chinese temple.
The Qianwang Temple is a place dedicated to the founder of the Wu-Yue Kingdom Qian Liu. Of course the temple is not the original since Qian Liu died in 932 A.D. and the original was destroyed by the Yuan Dynasty, but when you walk into the temple you can feel the mystique and history.
To be honest I’m not sure how old this replica of the original Qian temple is, but if feels very old. Maybe it’s the architecture that gives you that feeling since it’s the traditional style of Chinese architecture, or maybe it’s the fact that some of the artifacts in the temple are originals from that era. Whichever the reason for the feeling, I was at peace with the world once again. I even got to kneel before his highness the King because at the back of the compound is the main temple dedicated to Qian Liu and 4 other kings from his line.
You could almost feel Qian Liu’s presence in the giant Statue peering down at you from this large building. It was both intimidating and awe-inspiring. Just to think that there are many more temples all over China makes me get goose bumps, because being a history fanatic this is a dream come true. You can be rest assured though that I will be looking up all the places I can of this type. It’s amazing but even in my time in Hangzhou I still have only seen about a quarter of the lake. I’m in no hurry though. Things like this need to be savored and enjoyed; else you might get bored, and if you get bored of a place like this there is something seriously wrong with you.