Cousin Dang sent dozens of photos from her journey into China (including the unhappy looking monkey of the previous post.) The prayer flags are a beautiful expression of faith.
My adventurous cousin took another exotic trip to China and Tibet. These two photos reminded me of Blossom the Groundhog and her peanuts, except this primate seemed a lot less happy with his treats.
Today’s full moon marks the annual Moon Festival. One of the best things about the Moon Festival are the moon cakes. These delightful molded and glazed pastries are filled with sweetened bean or lotus seed paste and a cooked egg. To see some serious and not-so-serious samples, visit this post about Cheeky Moon Cakes.
My mother, a Thai whose father spent some time in pre-Communist China, introduced me to moon cakes as child. It seemed funny to have beans in dessert, but one bite convinced me there was no reason to believe that Vigna angularis was not up to post-entree duty.
Learn more about the Moon Festival.
My adventurous cousin has provided more photos from her extensive sojourn in China, this time in Xi’an in central China, whose settlement dates back at least to the neolithic.
One more batch of photos from Altay. These look like a version of the American West, only a lot further east.
More of cousin Chooman’s photos from her visit to China.
My cousin Chuman gets to travel to the most exotic locations. In September, she visited near the Gobi Desert — Altay.