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Dancing dragon - lions and luminous lampions

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Today our trip can go on. Because we are allowed to load in the lobby it is a comfortable start.Quick Shangluo lies behind us and because we are still in mountain area, it goes steadily up and down. The rivers and small reservoirs are partly or completely frozen. Their green-blue ice surfaces reflect the grey sky. On 1,500 m height the streams are solidified to ice. We stop for a short rest and to control the new shaft suspension. We are glad, everything is fine.

We drive just by a valley as we perceive a red salient point. „What is this?“ is Tanja surprised. While getting closer the strange being turns out to a dragon similar lion. It twitches ecstatically to the sounds of drums, opens his mouth and dances over the street. Immediately we stop to observe the small spectacle. As soon as a car roars up it is detained by the assistants of the dancing lion. They bind a red luck ribbon to the outside mirror and get some yuan for it. In this manner the two people under the red lion's costume, the musicians and the people who stop the vehicles earn their today's money. The legend says that the important emperor Qianlong (1711 to 1799) of the Qing dynasty (1616 to 1911) had a strange dream of a mysterious creature from whose head middle a horn grew. The mythical figure faced and scared the emperor. With a sparkle in the eyes it disappeared suddenly again. Immediately in the next morning he called up his scholars and servants. He reported about his dream and allowed to examine this for its meaning. One came to the end that it was a lion who wanted to make clear to the ruler to stand with him at the same level. Qianlong called the lion from now on Ruishi what translates so much is as, imperial guard's lion or luck lion. Now one tried to wake the lion to life while different choreography of dance steps with movements of fight art became united. In this manner the dance of the lion originated which meets us today on the mountain road. Also the men bind us for some yuan a red ribbon on our handlebars. As we go on the lion tears open his mighty mouth and winks at us with his flashing eyes.


Only a few kilometres farther we hear renewed drumbeats sounds. Again a lion jumps playfully over the street motivated for the dance from a lion tamer. This time a whole train of dancing young girls and women follows the mythical figure. They smile at us and are glad as we take a photo of them.

Very well tempered we continue our journey over the endless mountain world. In the small villages which we cross from time to time hang before the hut entrances and entrances two red lampions as a symbol for luck. The politician and strategist Zhuge Liang has invented them already approx. 1,800 years ago (from 181 to 232 A.D.) in the need when he was surrounded during a military operation by enemies. To inform his allies where he was, he made of bamboo poles and thin paper many lampions. As an impetus he used from paraffin watered material which he lighted. The air in the paper cover warmed itself up and extended, so that the small missiles, just climbed up as today's hot-air balloons, and put back wide distances. Really the location information located in it was found by his allies. They rushed over and released him and his soldiers. Since that time Zhuge Liang is reveres as a hero and as a god. He is valid as a very wise man, during his time as chancellor he was popular and remained free of corruption.


A Chinese friend had told us that the colour of the lampions inform people about events of the house inhabitants. A white lampion means that there, perhaps, somebody has died. The colour Blue reports about possible illness and the colour Red informed from a forthcoming wedding, birth or becomes used as a decoration for the New Year, spring, or lunar party. In old China the size of the lanterns pointed the social position of the house inhabitants. Also even today gigantic red lampions hang before some government buildings.

Meanwhile we are already since five months in this fascinating and diverse country. No day seems like to be the other. Behind every street bend, behind every hill, new surprises lurk for us. Sometimes these are disagreeable meetings, like the awful environmental pollution, countless stinking trucks and desperately poor people. However, often there are breathtaking sceneries, like deserts, mountains, from people established rice terraces and vegetable terraces, historical buildings, old villages, very modern towns, high rises, very friendly people, shopping centres and huge highway constructions. The list is very long and makes the impression on us it has no end.

Thus we reach today after 1,000 metres height and 112 day kilometres dog-tired, happily our place to stay. People welcome us friendly and the staff helps to carry our many bags in the room …

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Date:
10.02.2016 to 11.02.2016

Day: 226-227

Country:
China

Provinz:
Shaanxi

Town:
Fenghuangzhen

Latitude N:
33°31’46.0’’

Longitude E:
109°22’18.9’’

Daily kilometer:
112

Total kilometer:
11.947

The crow:
64

Average speed:
23.4 km/h

Maximum speed:
46.3 km/h

Driving time:
4:47

Ground quality:
asphalt

Maximum height:
1.500 m

Complete height meter of E-bike expedition:
16.748 m

Height meter of the day:
918 m

Sunrise:
07:32 a.m. - 07:31 a.m.

Sunset:
06:20 p.m. - 06:21 p.m.

Temperature max:
11°C

Temperature min:
4°C

Departure time:
9:20 a.m.

Arrival time:
4:30 p.m.

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