Gong Xi Fa Cai! This is a wish for you to be prosperous in the coming year.
According to the Chinese zodiac, January 31, 2014 marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year. We are entering the Chinese Year of the Horse. Predictions are that this year will be full of adventures and challenges. I will celebrate this momentous event by remembering the words of a Laozi, the legendary philosopher of ancient China, founder of philosophical Taoism.
“Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.”
Laozi, Tao Te Ching
The photos are of the Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai. This garden is an excellent model of classical Chinese gardening architecture. Built during the reign of Ming Emperor Jiajing (1559), for the private use of Pan Yunduan, an administration commissioner of Sichuan Province. Inside the walls, precious cultural relics show the best of China’s tradition of art.