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  • Sofie Bribiesca,

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    From the front.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6254 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    Good heavens! Lookit them tailfins! Immaculate condition too-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Islander,

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    Good heavens! Lookit them tailfins! Immaculate condition too-

    From the back.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6254 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    From the front.

    Nice.

    I was supposed to be at the Beach Hop at the weekend, but couldn't make it in the end. Some great photos around of all the cars. Here's some.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2143 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh,

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    No birds, flowers or cars yet.... But anyone got any idea what kind of tree this is? I was quite intrigued by the long, pale green shoots.

    (wife and daughter on the bench in the background)

    Beijing • Since Jan 2007 • 2149 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh,

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    and more from today's early spring Qingming/Pure Brightness/Tomb Sweeping Day (the actual festival is tomorrow, but we have Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday off) roaming. Through the trees rose a massive power station and a giant 观音/Guānyīn/Avalokitesvara.

    Beijing • Since Jan 2007 • 2149 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh,

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    See how huge she* is? That's me and my daughter being overwhelmingly dwarfed.

    *Avalokitesvara is always female in the Chinese tradition, although she did enter China in the original either/or state, sometimes represented as male and sometimes female.

    Beijing • Since Jan 2007 • 2149 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh,

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    The ancient pagoda for which the park is named.

    Beijing • Since Jan 2007 • 2149 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    Wisteria?
    My mother’s frontfence- based plant has taken over the neighbour’s hedge and is threatening pedestrians on the right-of-way…grows *very* fast and has magnificent purple fowers (growing wisteria in um, suitable areas? has been a family habit since the late 1890s…)

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    O brillant photo!
    Along with Kuan Yin, I've always - appreciated her...

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh,

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    A clearer, closer view. Pagoda of Buddhas from Ten Directions/十方诸佛宝塔, first built in 1545.

    Beijing • Since Jan 2007 • 2149 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to Islander,

    Wisteria, huh. Might have to wait for magnificent purple flowers to see for sure. ETA: Just did a Google Image search. See what you mean about the flowers. Hard to see the structure of the plants, but they seem to follow a fairly similar shape. ’Twas our first time in that park, and we definitely plan to be going back. Does drought prone, frigid winters (minus 10 overnight, highs between 0 and 2 on ordinary days), bone dry for three out of four seasons, with hot (temperatures from mid-30s occasionally into low 40s, night time not feeling much cooler), humid summers count as a suitable climate for wisteria?

    Guānyīn/Kuan Yin (I prefer hànyǔ pīnyīn, but the Wade-Giles is equally correct and has a bit more history behind it), you’ll be pleased to know, is very popular in China. This park sits on the boundary between Wang’s Fourth Camp and Guānyīn Hall.

    Beijing • Since Jan 2007 • 2149 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to JacksonP,

    I saw a Holden Kingswood station wagon onn the road around the corner a couple of days ago. I so want one -- or one of the late 60s Falcons with round butaillights and a bench seat in the front. They're the best to cruise Canterbury's straight roads.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2608 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    Petrol is up again. Jus' sayin' { ;)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6254 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    But anyone got any idea what kind of tree this is?

    First I thought some type of Elm, then Maple, then on close inspection of the branches got really confused, but never fear, I will see my plant expert friend in a couple of days so I will find out exactly what it is for you because I too find it quite fascinating. Where is the park it is situated in? That could give clues.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6254 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

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    Petrol is up again. Jus' sayin' { ;)

    Betta get a Vespa. ;-)

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2143 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand, in reply to Chris Waugh,

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    Difficult to identify until the leaves open but it resembles a weeping cherry, or standard wisteria, or robinia.

    Oh, wisteria. This is what ours looks like when it is in full bloom. Just wish those damn wetas stopped boring into the wood.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2316 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to JacksonP,

    Betta get a Vespa. ;-)

    Betta getta Bretta has a nice ring to it. What are the Vespas like on dirt roads?
    I've only ever ridden one once, straight into the fountain in my friends parents front yard.
    Suffice to say he told me to get on the back. { :)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6254 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Difficult to identify until the leaves open but it resembles a weeping cherry, or standard wisteria, or robinia.Oh, wisteria. This is what ours looks like when it is in full bloom. Just wish those damn wetas stopped boring into the wood.

    Stunning! They just never bloom long enough by my book.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6254 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    But anyone got any idea what kind of tree this is?

    Best guess is a still fairly small weeping Chinese scholar tree. Sometimes sold in NZ as Japanese kowhai, it's a Chinese native. If you happen to be around there in August check for kowhai-like flowers.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3552 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    You are soo right. Thanks alot. It's on my list....

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6254 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    What are the Vespas like on dirt roads?

    Seriously? 10" wheels.

    i.e. Loads of fun. ;-)

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2143 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Ah, thanks Joe. Those pictures look very much like what I saw. And yes, we'll definitely be going there, and August is quite likely, seeing as neither of us can stray too far in the summer.

    Beijing • Since Jan 2007 • 2149 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    Thanks for the great pics Chris. While I was searcing for that link above I stumbled upon this rather interestingly macabre connection.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3552 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Ah, yes, seen that tree many times, although I didn't realise it was a replica. It always has a small crowd of tourists around it.

    Incidentally, if you're ever in Beijing, make sure you visit Jingshan Park. There's always a small crowd of tourists at that tree and a much larger crowd at the top of the hill, but from the top of the hill you can get a brilliant view of the entire old city, especially the Forbidden City which is immediately to the south. Then you get yourself away from the tourists, which is very easy in Jingshan (just wander off down any of the trails down the hill - the tourists stick to the two main roads up) and enjoy the many mature trees, flowers, and local people getting a bit of exercise or hanging out with their friends, family, choir... Beautiful place, and very cheap entry (2 yuan last I checked).

    Beijing • Since Jan 2007 • 2149 posts Report Reply

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