"A (wo)man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of (her)his life in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of beautiful God has implanted in the human soul."- Goethe

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Shenzhen Rooftop Garden

After making our way through the flood waters, we went to Shenzhen, for more business. While the business side of things meant 36 hours of hiking up and down 4 flights of stairs scores of times and staying overnight in a conference room, there was some respite in the form of a rooftop garden at sunrise. Trying to look at the good, here, folks:

And then, true to itself, China reminds you of the reality some people face every day. From the rooftop garden, you can see beautiful hills and nice buildings, and also a rubble heap that someone (s?) calls home. China is an interesting mix of striving for modernization and basic survival, and it seems to show up in the most unexpected places.

Also, you might be interested to know that China has some of the most subtle and unimpressive sunrises I've ever seen. I've seen dozens of them, and they're nothing compared to the glorious rays and silhouette-studded sunrises we get in the mountain west. However, the sun sets in blaring red and orange (due to the pollution), which are some of the most spectacular colors I've seen.

It's all about finding the beauty through the haze.


  1. That's super cool that you got to go all the way to China for business. The furthest I've ever travelled for business was North Carolina. I'm jealous that you got to go but not quite so jealous that you were there for a typhoon.

    1. Yeah, but you've still been to lots of awesome places for fun, which is so much better than for business.