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上海 Blog #16

二零一五年六月五号星期五

Friday June 5th, 2015

Local Time: 22:29 Shanghai Time

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so in an attempt not to inundate you, all I’m going to give you are a few quotes from the Dao De Jing (a Daoist text we are reading in religion class) and inform you that today we went to the PuDong district (oh yes) which is the most modern piece of Shanghai. Twenty-five years ago, PuDong was no more than a piece of land on which nobody wanted to build (see, with less words you get less sentences ending in prepositions). Now, it is bustling with many of the architectural wonders I’m about to show you, many of which seem to tower straight into heaven itself.

道 可 道 , 非 常 道 。 (The way that can be spoken of is not the constant way.)

名 可 名 , 非 常 名 。(The name that can be named is not the constant name.)
无 名 天 地 之 始 ﹔ (The nameless was the beginning of heaven and earth;)

有 名 万 物 之 母 。(The named was the mother of the myriad creatures.)
故 常 无 , 欲 以 观 其 妙 ﹔ (Hence always rid yourself of desires in order to observe its secrets;)

常 有 , 欲 以 观 其 徼 。(But always allow yourself to have desires in order to observe its manifestations.)
此 两 者 , 同 出 而 异 名 , 同 谓 之 玄 。(These two are the same but diverge in name as they issue forth.)

玄 之 又 玄 , 众 妙 之 门 。(Being the same they are called mysteries, mystery upon mystery –the gateway of                                                                   the manifold secrets.)

Priceless
Priceless
Random Buddhist Shrine Surrounded By Sky Scrapers
Random Buddhist Shrine Surrounded By Sky Scrapers
Standing on thin air
Standing on thin air
Sunset over Shanghai
Sunset over Shanghai
Tallest building in Shanghai from Pearl Tower viewing deck
Tallest building in Shanghai from Pearl Tower viewing deck
The Three Muskateers Before ShangH\hai TV Tower
The Three Muskateers Before ShangH\hai TV Tower
Afraid of heights
Afraid of heights
Boats in Huang Pu River
Boats in Huang Pu River
Don't look down
Don’t look down
Hot shots and dare devils
Hot shots and dare devils
Lounging around campus
Lounging around campus
Pearl Tower from base
Pearl Tower from base
Powerful Panda pose
Powerful Panda pose