Finally! This was something I had read about or seen pictures of before we left for China and I thought looked really cool. One of those little things that make living abroad so interesting and exciing.
It is, I believe an ancient Chinese tradition. Using water to write messages of great moment on to the ground. The idea is to show your skill as a calligrapher and probably to teach you something useful about the futility of trying to achieve anything... Or something.
We had only been here a few weeks and were rushing to the station when we saw people practising this by the river in Tianjin. As we were in a hurry I didn't bother to stop and watch or take photos. My thinking was 'we've only been here a short while we'll see this all over the place'. Nope! Never seen it again until this week at the Summer Palace in Beijing. There's a moral in that story somewhere!
Only problem was my daughter had to point out that my first effort with the camera would have had the text upside down!
As you can see the water soon dries and one has to start again.
Below is the guy in action... As you can tell not the easiest thing to control I wouldn't have thought. But that doesn't matter because any mistake soon disappears and you can put it right.
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