Finally made our way to Beijing today after a rather unadventurous journey. Red eye flights always make me a bit dazed afterwards since I rarely sleep on the plane. I usually combat the boredom by watching 5 to 6 films. It sounds like torture to most people but it works great for me. It sure beats listening to crying kids and snoring adults.
Checked into a nice hutong boutique hotel in an interesting residential neighbourhood. Lots of genuine bustling local scenes. The stone right outside our room dated back from the 16th century. Things like that usually make me pause and appreciate life just a bit more. So I snapped the image above with a 2-second exposure. It looks pretty tranquil in this busy town of over 12 million.
The Chinese character dé (德) is a key concept in Chinese philosophy, usually translated “inherent character; inner power; integrity” in Taoism, “moral character; virtue; morality” in Confucianism and other contexts, and “quality; virtue” or “merit; virtuous deeds” in Chinese Buddhism.
The earliest written forms of dé (德) are oracle script from the Shang Dynasty (ca. 1600-1046 BCE) and bronzeware script and seal script from the Zhou Dynasty (1045-256 BCE).