Moxi is the small town that is the gateway to Hailuogou Glacier Park. Although the glaciers are the main draw, the town is adorable and worth a visit, in and of itself. Old buildings are interspersed with newer cafes and bars. The shops house really cool gift items. I have a pair of slip-on shoes that I often wear back in the US. Some of the shop owners paint with bright colors and bar owners decorate with painted bottles. At breakfast, some small restaurants make fresh noodles (noodle soup is a popular breakfast item here and in many places in China). There is a dichotomy between the old and the new, but it all seems to work together in this quaint village.
One of my favorite photography subjects is children in China. They are not only adorable, but they are rarely sad. They have a great respect for their parents and elders, which shows in their genuine happiness to be in their company, a welcome change to western culture. I think their happiness is tied to their love of family. Although in the cities, kids have the same exposure to technology as western children, they respect their elders enough to not let their phones or video games distract them from family (at least, not in my observations). In the countryside, there are no distractions and the kids are even happier. Happy with a stick or piece of cardboard. The good old days.
After taking the cable car up to the glaciers, we disembark SLOWLY. The altitude is high, about 12,000 feet. But the views of the glaciers, the surrounding clouds and greenery and the serene Buddhist temples and statues counterbalance the lack of oxygen.
Buddhist prayer flags dot the landscape. The flags are used to promote peace, wisdom and compassion. The flags are believed to be blown by the wind to carry prayers and mantras to spread goodwill and compassion. A lovely sentiment that feels real in the presence of nature, with the colorful flags blowing in the wind.
The five colors of the flags represent the elements, which, when balanced, bring health and harmony: blue = sky and space, white = air and wind, red = fire, green = water, and yellow = earth.
I have traveled all over the world, including adventures in China, Uganda, Taiwan, Thailand, Cambodia, Argentina, Vietnam, Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Spain, France, Switzerland, England, Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Costa Rica, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Dominican Republic, Mongolia, Netherlands, Canada and Mexico! My greatest love is introducing Americans to the sites, traditions and people of China. My hope is to give travelers a new lens through which to see the world.