“Dreaming of the Tiger” – Hupao Spring in Hangzhou, China.
Chinese gardens are built not planted to be a solitary place or to be a place for “social contemplation of nature.” Chinese gardens are culturally important, serving as a semi-public extension of the house, meant for retreat, for festivity, for study of poetry, or even for romance.
Amitayus and Amitabha are both associated with the cardinal direction west, the color red, the lotus flower, and the transmutation of lust into discriminating wisdom. Their abode is Sukhavati, the Pure Land in the west.
Hug a camel day in Mongolia. Herdsmen decorate a camel in celebration of the traditional livestock prosperity festival at Hexigten Banner in Chifeng, north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. The Spring Festival, celebrated by nomadic Mongolians heralds in the New Year for their livestock herds. Photograph: Sun Guoshu/Xinhua Press/Corbis