Welcome to my new BrownBeat home. Moving my old content across to WordPress has been a time-consuming but enjoyable task, giving me ample opportunity to wallow in some wonderful memories of trips I’ve taken over the years. Continue reading Welcome
I wish I’d had more time to put my camera away and soak in the harmony of the Bronze Goat Temple.
The Bronze Goat Temple features a plethora of Taoist iconography, including this carving featuring all the characters of the Chinese zodiac. Continue reading Taoist Iconography at Chengdu Bronze Goat Temple
The Bronze Goat Taoist Temple (Qing Yang Gong/青羊宫) is the oldest surviving temple in Chengdu with a history that dates back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907), and was purportedly built on the site where Laozi (老子) taught the Dao De Jing (道德經) to his discipline Ying Xi. Continue reading Chengdu Bronze Goat Taoist Temple
The Song Xian Bridge (送仙桥) stands gracefully nearby the eponymous antiques market in Chengdu. There are a lot of interesting handicrafts and curios on display there – but buyer beware. Continue reading Chengdu Song Xian Bridge
One of the highlights of my year was returning to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, for only the second time since I studied there for a year in 1985. Continue reading Chengdu Memories