on top of the beautiful West Lake in Hangzhou is a pagoda with a rich history.
The story of White Snake and the Leifang Pagoda appears here
a small hall leads the way to the zigzag bridge, atop West Lake
nearby the Lake is a hill, a small mountain, with winding paths through a forest. one of those paths leads to a little cave, hidden away from view, off the beaten track.
from atop the hill where the cave is, looking down, a gathering of musicians.
one man stikes up a tune on his erhu – two-stringed fiddle …
Whilst i loved looking down over this scene, listening to the lilting then melancholic tunes, played by a group of friends relaxing on a sunday morning,
my favourite spot atop the hill was the little mountain cave
观音 – she who hears the cries of the world.
观 –guan the character used for Daoist temples. it also means “observation” or “contemplation” and the character was originally referring to the comtempative view from a mountain top temple.
音 yin means sound.
观音guan yin she who hears the cries of the world.
( a little note on phonetics: across the world wide web you will see the Goddess’s name spelt as “quan yin” – this is incorrect and makes absolutely no sense in Chinese. the sound “guan” and “quan” are completely different. the ‘q’ sound is quite a difficult sound for non-Chinese speakers to make – why use it, when it is not correct? a grand mystery.)