A great post and brought back memories of Beijing 2003-2007.

Willy Or Won't He

No honestly it’s not me that’s caused it. I haven’t gone back to church in a mad resurgence of Lenten zeal with the resultant consternation in the Halls of Heaven. It’s that damned Sun Wukong (孫悟空) – he’s up to the same antics that  he’s been playing for centuries.

Bai_Gu_Jing_at_Long_Corridor_2 One of the 14,000 paintings – some ceramic tiles – in the Long Corridor of the Summer Palace in Beijing. A scene from the Chinese classic novel: The Journey to the West. The Monkey King is dressed in his traditional yellow and is surrounded by other characters from this ancient adventure story.

The Monkey King is the eternal trickster of Eastern mythology and his challenges to authority were a constant thorn in the sides of the Celestial crowd. Sun Wukong was a creature of many abilities: his strength was immense, his speed unmatched and he could transform himself into 72…

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