Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Fayun, yesterday and today

This is an image recently shot at Amanfayun, Hangzhou, a luxury resort built around a former tea village around the Fayun Monastery, or the even more famous Lingyin Monastery which was built back in Eastern Jin Dynasty (317-420AD), when the Mahayana Buddhism started to flourish in China and eventually reached its peak in Tang Dynasty (618-907AD) two hundred year later, and some 1,200 years later, here I am.
Residing inside a village of such long history and a refined interior and modern amenity inside the compound of Amanfayun is without question comfortable, but one might feel irresistible to imagine what have this place could be when it was built?  Indeed many things changed, but perhaps the sky and trees are not.  I was on the stone promenade, and the beautiful traditional roof line, the trees, the sky, and wondered this might as well be the view a thousand yeas ago.

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