Jian Shu, Yunnan, China Week 9 24th June 2011
A guide at the Swallow Cave.

Representative of the Yi Minority who worship Roosters the hat is representative of the crest.

The cave is shared by Taoism, Bhuddism, and Confucianism (if that's a word!).

The Swallow Cave is home to many White Waisted Swifts that make their nests in the cave.

Either the birds were too quick to photograph, or the photographer too slow.

The nests are collected for food.

This gentleman is a climbing expert.

Sooner he than I.

He's only a third of the way up here.

He'd obviously done the trip many times.

A few awkward bits.

No safety gear. About 50m above the river which is a couple of meters deep.

He's still visible.

Had to stretch a bit.

The cave is about 5km long.

We got to see the first 1km or so.

This formation was referred to as the Sky Stilt.


The cave is average width about 35m. Anything up to 90m high.

More massive formations.
And running the gauntlet of the souvenir shops inside the cave.

Souvenirs included a USB perfume jar to plug into your computer.

From the Swallow Cave we moved into the center of Jian Shu to visit the Confucius Temple.

Built around 1285 AD and rebuilt a couple of times.

This is the Shengy Youzi Arch Gate.

The very ornate gables are corbelled (of course you remember the arches at Angkor Wat).
The temple is made of a series of walls with arched gates.

This is the Depei Tiandi Arch Gate.

with more ornate corbelled gables.
Zhusi Yuanyuan Arch Gate.
The Xintan Altar.
The tablet in the center holds an inscription and an image of Confucius.

The forehead is rather large and apparently touching it brings one wisdom.

The forehead is also dimpled from so much touching.

Which is why there are so many wise people in China.

The courtyards were peaceful.

We are here in the tourist off season so very few people around.

The Yanshi Hall has an image of Confucius.
And his 14 immediate followers.

Just a thought that occurred to us. The signs and guide commentary were about the buildings, dates, Confucius, and his followers. Nothing about the philosophy.

Very ornate architecture. The corbel approach is seen a bit better here.
Old brass tableware in which food is placed on the table.
Rather incongruously Confucius has been replaced by a TV in this teaching area.
Away from the temple this large group of people are all playing cards.
And "the real Chinatown". A mall leading into the old city.
Outside the Zhu family garden. Lots of alleys to explore.
The entrance to the Zhu family garden.

A rich family that built their large house around 1905 and later got their politics wrong.

Every so often in this circle are tapered bricks.

A later circle was formed by varying the thickness of the mortar as all the bricks were the same size.

This inscription suggests how to behave well inside the building.

A similar inscription on the inside suggests how to behave on the outside.

There are 24 panels in these doors. All displaying a representation of a "fable". A story of piety.

The carving is intricate. The carvers were paid by weighing the wood they removed.

The one well provided for the whole house.

Unfortunately the water level hasn't recovered from a drought a couple of years ago.

A lotus flower in the garden.

At last that green bit in the middle explains what was being sold on the streets in Cambodia.

A local specialty is a barbeque.

Barbequed tofu and potatoes.

The woman kept count of the pieces we ate with dried peas.

Also fried rice.

And our campsite in the car park for the temple.

Also managed some shopping here in between all the culinary delights and sight seeing.

It was rather a heavy day for us.

Lake Yi Long, Shi Ping, Yunnan, China Week 9 25th June 2011

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