Floral Masonry

One of my favorite mediums of art is Asian stonework – whether statues or the many scupltures woven into temples and palaces, I never fail to be impressed. 💕

Stone Cold

Beware – all who enter here. Come with good intentions or taste good with BBQ – either way. I love the Chinese #chimera statues ❤💕 Very majestic looking, but I also feel they would be friendly!

Forbidden City in Winter

😍💕 My #student surprised me with this today – she painted it herself and framed it for me The forbidden city in winter (cause she ‘knows I love snow’). Isn’t that A) gorgeous and B) the sweetest. I will treasure it!
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Chinese Bookmark

Awwwww, my #student got me this beautiful bookmark for #Christmas. It looks like the Traditional Chinese cut-out #art – with #bamboo leaves and simple window pane style. Love it!

Whistling Through the Vines

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Gongyi is home to the Kang Family Mansion – a Ming Dynasty mansion still preserved centuries later. Also called the KangBaiWan Mansion 河南巩义康百万庄园. It is #10 on China’s list of famous mansions!  A truly beautiful place filled with all sorts of ancient buildings and gardens. At one time, he was apparently the wealthiest businessman in China. The family was famous be being good and virtuous, so much so that the emperor wrote them a poem just for them after 8 generations of wise and honorable leaders in a row.  Wish I could have met them!

Glimpse of China Past

Mural on the outside of an abandoned building

Lights in the Dark

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