China, Chongqing, Favorite Photo Friday, Photography, Travel

Pray hard, play hard


A Buddhist monk plays with a young child in between a cluster of prayer ribbons

We climbed a steep flight of steps away from the crowded streets in to a serene empty temple. It appeared most visitors to Ciqikou in Chongqing were more engrossed in shopping than seeking out the peaceful surroundings of the Po Lun Buddhist Temple. Having been jostled by the masses we were ecstatic for the reprieve. We were also treated to this playful game of tag between this monk and small child. The monk gracefully moved from side to side between the row of prayer ribbons and the child gleefully chased after him, laughing. My wife snapped off only one shot of the exchange, as we were still pretty shy of taking people’s pictures, but it captured their lithe movements perfectly.


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