When you are asked, “Where in China you would like to go?” I bet the majority of people would answer Shanghai or Beijing without hesitation, because they are the very few well-known cities of China, and they tend to represent the modern and fast developing China.
One of the most notoriously annoying (and defining) things about cities worldwide is the traffic. New York is known for its taxis, London for the double decker busses… you get my point.
When I was in graduate school, I lived and learned amidst dozens of languages, cultures, people. There were many international scholars in our program, who braved the cold Minnesota winters in search of knowledge, community, and camaraderie. What I loved most about that was the chance to learn, in-depth, about the world from a diverse group of people.
In Suzhou, China locals and visitors literally ring in the New Year at the Hanshan Temple Bell Ringing Festival. Held on December 31st, the festival welcomes the New Year in Suzhou. Hanshan Temple, over 1400 years old, is one of the ten most famous temples in China. In ancient times, monks struck the bell at midnight to remind people a new day was coming.
That’s weird, why is there a video embedded in this article? Because I collaborated with a friend of mine to make a video about a modern and trendy street in Chiang Mai.
What is Meditation?
Good question! Do you know, most people don’t! Read on to find out.
In the simplest way: meditation is focusing on now. Not yesterday or tomorrow, not even a second ago. One could say it is an art of concentration and relaxation that can be easy to do, but hard to master.