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Moon over Bowen, Howe Sound, Sea to Sky Highway, Bowen Island and Horseshoe Bay, British Columbia, Canada-1 Infinity ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #88 - I seek the moments When the infinite Becomes the infinitesimal When the All Which is everything Becomes the One Which is nothingness I seek the moments When paradox Becomes awareness
Hero Fork, Stage 6, Ironwood Studios, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada copy Heroes - Hero A word of nuance Of many meanings Of differences Subtle and grave In a story The protagonist Who in the end Saves the day
Lotus Petals, Sukhothai, Thailand Lotus Petals - Petals fallen To dimpled pond Where raindrops gather On lotus pads A thousand diamonds glittering Under slate grey skies
Patrick Jennings, Ganga Aarti, Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, Uttar Pradesh, India copy Heart ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #87 - I make no room In my heart For hate
Swagger, Forbidden City, Beijing, China Swagger - Swagger Chutzpah Presence A small man Of no small mass A big heart A wise soul Both worn Close to the surface
Lotus Rain, Sukhothai, Thailand Feng Shui Calm - Rain on lotus pad Pitter-patter droplets caught Little waterfall
Monkey Business, Red Fort, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, India copy Monkey Business - I remember a time When simply breathing Was dangerous A time before The Clean Air Act of 1970 The Environmental Protection Agency Which gave the Act bite And enforced its many regulations
Impenetrable Light, Langley, British Columbia, Canada copy Hate ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #86 - I began to realize If I could learn to love myself Completely I would no longer want to hate Such unconditioned inner light is Impenetrable Even to hate's formidable darkness
The Light, Crease Buildinig, Riverview Mental Hospital, Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada Unconfined Light - I remind myself The light at the end of the tunnel Is only light And the tunnel Is only the sum of my fears Confining me
When the Flash Came, Riverview Mental Hospital, Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada copy When the Flash Came - When the flash came I had just cleared the fourth floor Confident everyone made it to the shelter The steel door closed When the flash came Night became a day like no other Just several seconds long With the intensity of a hundred suns
It Is What It Never Was, Riverview Hospital, Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada It Is What It Never Was - In these hallways I've created oh-so-many worlds For the dream factory To film its stories Police stations And hospitals Apartment buildings And condemned spaces Secret headquarters And schools of magic
Sweet Dreams are Made of This, Riverview Hospital, Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada Corridor Dreaming - I dream of corridors Every one different But all the same The light is soft Though harsh Streaming in Through doors All open On the right An inviting light Nonetheless too bright And as I tread Ever-so-gingerly Down the corridor
Fractured Flash and Fog, Stanley Park Seawall, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada copy Fractured Flash - A pair of runners Find the frame One time coming One time going And one time In a fractured flash As they pass before me
Trust, Poster on Corrugated Tin, On location for Fringe, Season 5, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Trust - She was broken and battered Her ability to love Damaged and misaligned And yet There was to her A tenacious spirit
Gnat, Indian Airforce Recruitment Center, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India copy Movement ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #85 - In a world Flattened and stilled My taxi crawls Toward a fogged-in airport Flights delayed Forward progress Intermittent Passing Ill-advised
Amit, Ganga, (Ganges River), Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India copy The People Who Change the World - To roam the world Is to see the unimaginable To experience the unknown And, most profound of all To touch And be touched By people I may never see again But who will forever Change my world
Cloudy sky, Thompson River Valley, Savona, British Columbia, Canada So Many “Me”s - There are so many places Wanderlust takes me And every one Brings out Another Me
Highway 87, Arizona, United States of America Movement - I travel Because Standing still Is death
An endless road, Highway 87, Somewhere between Round Top and Winslow, Arizona, United States of America Miles of Earth - I have driven Many miles of Earth Across continents And countries And where others see Monotony Or mundanity I discover Exquisite Subtlety
Sphere of Influence, Tantalus Mountain Range, Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia, Canada copy Sphere of Influence - Sometimes I feel Beyond my flesh Sense the world And its beings Not by touch Nor sight Nor sound Not by smell Like a sphere Of presence A sphere of influence Because others Feel me, this way And I feel them Like I know them
Crescent Moon and Evening Star, Howe Sound, Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia, Canada Earth - Every now and again Landscape and sky Remind me I live On a speck Of rock In an expanse Of space Dotted Intermittently With other Little specks
Vacant yet Vibrant, Alley in Kashi (Old Varanasi), Uttar Pradesh, India Emptiness ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #84 - I often ponder Choices made When I'm taking Photographs A moment here A moment there Adjusting frame Awaiting light Or add a child Just running through What once was full Seems emptiness Which strikes me now So much like life
Five Priests - Five priests Raise fire Into night On Ganga banks At Shiva's Light Where people come To see The sight Some pray Some pay In boats Packed tight
Cricket Under The Lights, Ganga Banks (Ganges River) Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India copy Games ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #83 - The game of games In every land Its dreams Of fame and glory Roaring crowds Adulation Played out In young boy's hearts Under the lights Imagining a stadium Fans in every seat A swing away From eternal meaning
Boats, The Ganga (Ganges River), Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India Boats - In the deepening night Long after Aarti fires Extinguish A late boat returns While some colleagues rest On gentle ripples And others await repair Uncomfortably aground
Aum, Kashi (Old Varanasi), Uttar Pradesh, India copy Aum - Aum I sing From deep within Aum The sound Resonates Like kundalini When spirit rises Energy of life And being
Fire and the Boy, The Ganga (Ganges River), Dashashwamedh Ghat, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India copy Fire ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #82 - Every night The aarti fire Five priests Pay homage To Shiva's gifts While one boy In their shadow Shines bright
For the Birds, The Ganga (Ganges River), Kashi (Old Varanasi), Uttar Pradesh, India copy The Birds - They flock The gulls To feed On seed And bread That's thrown From boats On which The tourists View The banks Where Funeral Pyres burn All day And night
Jewellery Seller and Pigeons, The Ganga (Ganges River), Kashi (Old Varanasi), Uttar Pradesh, India copy Marker on the Way Home - She's my marker The jewellery seller Leaning against The Tower of Baba I stop by her ad-hoc shop Mapping my way home In my mind From here A set of stairs Like a hundred others All along the the Ganga banks For miles north and south Except these stairs Lead home, almost straight
Saris on the Steps, The Ganges, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India Spirits Cleansed - They come to bathe In waters pure Then, with spirits cleansed They dry their saris Upon the steps Which bore them down To Mother Ganga's shore
Rower on the Ganga, Ganges River, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India copy Rower on the Ganga - Flotilla at rest On the quiet river In the grey cool morning A few boats rock As tourists clamber aboard Laughter and photographs As my camera surveys the scene One boat begins to move Oars dipping, splashing I find frame on the boat Zooming out; zooming in Click a few exposures
Spire and Sunset, Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India Sunset & Minaret - Sunset and minaret What more need be said But for the hundreds who Meander through The tranquil peace Of evening grace Within the shadow of Perfection
Queued For Viewing, Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India copy Unnoticed Details - Minarets and domes Archways and inlays All this beauty Did I capture And through it all A grand parade Of faces, of beings The beauty hardly noticed
Southern Gate Reflections, Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India copy Reflections ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #81 - Passed through the gate Now stand in awe Before a wonder Of the world Then turn around To discover Yet another wonder Leaves me to wonder How many others Reflect upon this other
Bicycle Rickshaw Stand, New Delhi, India Transitions - Long day behind Long night ahead Bed roll and cardboard mattress Stashed for later In the darkest hours Some small time for sleep Otherwise Pedalling
Hanuman bares his heart, Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India Devotion - I wonder Sometimes At my devotions Could I have been better At this or at that Had I offered more devotion But of all the this And all the that Just two devotions have mattered
Fire, Flowers and River, Ganga Aarti Ceremony, Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India Fire, flowers and flow - In the moonlit night Release flowers and fire Into Ganga's flow For pilgrims and believers A gift to Ganga, river goddess Holy of holies Source and purifier
Divine Smile, Ganga Aarti, Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India Divine Smile - She reminds me Of the many Buddhas I've seen In Thailand Malaysia China Japan Though, not the laughing Buddha The plump one In the midst of A rollicking guffaw No, not that Buddha Rather, the somber, reflective one The one it seems The weight of the world Rests lightly On his androgynous shoulders The one it seems
Beach Cows, The Ganga Banks, (Ganges River), Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India copy Context ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #80 - o understand And embrace Paradox I recognize The limits Set by context Which, I've learned Confines me Not reality
Rahul, Kunjapuri Devi Temple, Himalayan Foothills, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India copy Inspiring Lights - Travelling A pilgrimage I flow through the world And experience Places Moments History Present I connect with people And experience Variance Possibility Convergence Dichotomy
Mountain Village, Himalayan Foothills, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India Insight and Chai - It's these places In the hills The remote places Small communities Mostly self sufficient Where the ubiquitous cell phone Has no power Connected to the world By a narrow road It's these places Where we are most Who we are
Live Feed, Ganga Aarti, Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India And Now This, Live - The revolution will not be televised But it will be watched On small screens Live Recorded Streamed And shared A million times over Perhaps, that is a better thing
Himalayan Foothills II, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India Finding the Roads into the Unknown - I journey into unknown lands Seeking the roads Which take me deep Where there are no maps I keep faith I'll find my way Where there are no roads I keep faith I can forge my own
Ganga Leaves the Himalayas, (The Ganges), Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India Daughter and Mother - At Rishikesh Where the Ganga Leaves the mountains Completing her journey To womanhood From the daughter Roiling and gamboling Down the narrow valleys To the gentle, fertile Fulsome matriarch Mother of the plains
Himalaya Foothills Sunrise V, Kunjapuri Devi Temple, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India Sunrise ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #79 - >Blue on blue On blue on blue Morning sun Peeks on through The clouds on high The smoke below But in my heart The golden band Offsets the black Below the blue
Sleeping Dogs, Kashi, Old Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India Sleeping Dogs - They say But "they" have never been A dog And in the 16th century When they first said it Life as a dog Was hard And that's what they meant When they said it
China Southern Airlines CZ329, on approach to Vancouver International Airport, British Columbia, Canada Dreaming of Space - I soar in the space Between three globes One below One above One beyond And I wonder At the distance In time In distance In possibility While beginning To descend
Katarzyna, Himalaya Sunrise, Kunjapuri Devi Temple, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India Kindred Spirits - There seems no scene Nor moment More beautiful Than one shared With a kindred spirit No matter The quality Of the scene Or moment
Himalaya Foothills Sunrise IV, Kunjapuri Devi Temple, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India Illumined - Sunrise skies Illumine possibilities I carry with me Daytime dreams To be fulfilled Until sunset sky's Reminder Possibility Illumines Nighttime dreams Which carry me
Auto Rickshaw Driver, Chandni Chowk (Old Delhi), New Delhi, India Being in the Maelstrom - In this maelstrom Of movement Colour and Humanity It is easy enough To forget These are beings Each with a life As full as my own As troubled And beautiful Filled with family And friends Hardship and joy Love and petty hatreds
Jama Masjid Mosque, Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi, New Delhi, India Monuments ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #78 - We reach for the heavens Building monuments To our highest ideals Gods and philosophy Politics and economy Then fall To our basest instincts Defending them Proselytising them Exploiting them
Laxman Jhula Sunset, The Ganga (Ganges River), Rishikesh, Uttarakhand Finding Presence - here is nothing so grounding So inspiring to me Nothing which brings the moment Into my own presence Like sunset Except Perhaps Sunrise
Queen of Chandni Chowk market in Old Delhi, New Delhi, India The Queen of Chandni Chowk - Litter borne The Queen of Chandni Chowk Surveys her domain From lofted throne
Minaret, Jama Masjid Mosque, Chandni Chowk (Old Delhi), New Delhi, India Minaret - This artful spire This minaret With bold white lines And floral whimsy Reaching up Where black kites soar In deep blue skies With wispy cloud
Black Kite Over Red Fort, Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi, New Delhi, India Black Kite - Black kite soaring Red Fort domes below Smog smothering all Weakened sun Weakened lungs Weakened resolve Beauty and ugliness Joy and hardship Kindness and predation This land of extremes This country of paradox Creating beauty from ugliness
Jama Masjid Mosque, Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi, New Delhi, India Jama Masjid - Rising above The Old Delhi rooftops Bathed in sunrise The imposing Jama Masjid Not intended To diminish The faithful But to invite
Monkey on a Rooftop, Red Fort beyond, Chandni Chowk, in Old Delhi, New Delhi, India Iconic ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #77 - Monkey on a rooftop Mughal fort beyond Morning sun through city smog What could be More iconic India
Gridlock, Chandni Chowk Market, Old Delhi district, New Delhi, India The Wash Beneath the Detailed Lines - I close my eyes Imagining A downtown core And city lights Cabs stacked up End to end Filled with fares Or seeking them Crowded shops Pedestrians Littered streets Swept clean by morn' So full of life Activity This crowded block Where could it be
Ganga Calm - Travelling a land Of extremes in high contrast Of crowded bustle Brown noise and car horns Confined in concrete chasms With slivers of sky I arrive in Rishikesh Where the Ganga Gently exits The Himalaya
She Runs, Bengali Tola, Kashi (Old Varanasi), Uttar Pradesh, India Bengali Tola - She runs With utter abandon She runs Gangly limbs All astrewn Head rolled back Now lolling Side to side She runs It seems Only for the joy Of running Down Bengali Tola And as my camera Finally finds her She finds me
Night Market, Chandni Chowk Bazaar, Old Delhi, India The Roaring White Water of Being - It is a throng A teeming mass Rumbling through A narrow chasm Of visual and aural Cacophony Impossible to gauge To comprehend Without standing In the midst Feeling the flow Feeling the insignificance Of one more being In this tumultuous rapids Of being
Tourists and Faithful, Jama Masjid Mosque, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, India Selfies and Prayer - With selfies and prayer We honour our gods Some facing Mecca Others themselves
Jama Masjid Mosque, in Old Delhi, New Delhi, India Exploration in the Darkness - This darkened space Inside a world unknown to me Familiar, as religion Unfamiliar, as culture Mystery, riddle, enigma Intricate details Inlaid in stone walls Indicate a beauty And subtlety Beckoning exploration
Bazaar Shipping, Chandni Chowk Market, Old Delhi, New Delhi, India Finding Focus - I don't even mind That I missed the focus On the two men Finding instead The propane bottles Between them In a very important sense The tanks are assets The propane is product Both have value While the men transporting them Represent labour Labour is an expense The material vs the abstract
Golden, The Ganga, (Ganges River), Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India Golden ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #76 - Oars dip gently Into Mother Ganga A calm, steady rhythm Like a deep breath While the bells clang Insistently In golden Varanasi Where the priests Celebrate Shiva With a dance of fire
Bhagwan, The Ganga (Ganges River), Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India Bhagwan on the Ganga Banks - Saffron Colour of fire Bringer of light Burn away ignorance Flame of insight Saffron Colour of purity Symbol of abstinence Purge the tainted Cleansing ritual
Smokey Sunrise, Delhi to Agra train, Uttar Pradesh, India Smoke - The wan red sun Rises into a dull amber sky Beautiful Were it a morning mist A shroud of fog Pierced by morning sun
Be Good ~ Do Good, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India Be Good ~ Do Good - Be Good Do Good Serve Love Give Purify Meditate Realise
Roadside Shave, On the road to Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India Shave - Commerce Rendered in its simplest form Talent Tools And a client
Old Man in the Grim and Grime, Taxi Ride to Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport , Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India The Rudiments of Beauty - Oh, in this ugliness I struggle to see The beauty here In a world Of grim and grime Of damage and refuse The hard task On this spirit path Find the beauty In all things But there is colour Form and texture Elements underlie design And the dynamic Of a captured moment In an old man's morning
The Himalaya Range, Kunjapuri Devi Temple, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India Mountain Climbing - And there they are The fabled range Faded in the distant haze Peaks too far to reach today More this: The journey here Intends to scale The mountains of My inner life In these foothills, at Rishikesh
Himalayan Foothills Sunrise, Himalayan Foothills Sunrise, Kunjapuri Devi Temple, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India Sun Rise - In this softened world With its honey sky Dark chocolate mountains Cradle a mocha mist I drink it in This perfection This preternatural beauty
Himalayan Foothills Sunrise, Kunjapuri Devi Temple, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India Layers - All the many layers I peel back And still another layer Each a mystery Each a surprise Some a shock Some a delight
Kunjapuri Devi Temple, Himalaya foothills, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India Morning Clarity - Sun rising Behind mountain peaks I dream myself Waking into dawn Into light Light comes Driving air Down the valley Clearing atmosphere Of smoke and mist Ohm, I sing Into heart Into center Into spirit
Trimurti Gurudatt Ashram, Ganga, The Ganges River, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India River ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #75 - Ganga falls from Himalaya highs To lap at feet On sandy shore In Rishikesh Where it and I Find some small tranquility In the turmoil Of inexorable change
Sunset, Laxman Jhula Bridge, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India Silhouette Clarity - Sometimes I get caught up in the details See all the differences Understand why It can be so hard to get along And then On some glorious sunset evening I see the world in silhouette And understand how We are all the same
Somewhere over the Pacific, China Southern Airlines, On approach to Vancouver International Airport, British Columbia, Canada Being Home - On the journey home I began to understand How much, in that moment Home was where I wanted to be Not for its familiarity Nor for its comforts Nor even its dull grey beauty But for its being An integral part Of my being
Light and Shadow, The Magicians, Season 2, Fraserwood Studio, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada Going Light - My power drained The darkness came And in this isolated Night of the soul I must seek the light Within
Urban Cow, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India Absurd ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #74 - There is a cow Standing in a pile of last night's refuse Chewing at its breakfast Of streamers and ribbon In the early, decrepit morning On the side of a busy, urban road And no one cares to notice, but me But that's India: mad as a hatter A million times a day Absurd until it seems normal
Wood, Manikarnika Ghat, Wood - Piled high As kites can fly And like the spires Of Hindu Ghats The wood of Kashi On Ganga banks
Cultural Cacophony, The Ganges River (Ganga), Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India Culture Feast - The frame is full With teeming activity Colour and humanity My eye Cannot find a place to rest And then it does But only for a moment Until something else Pulls it away In this visual cacophony Of a culture traveler's feast
Mother and Daughters, The Ganges River (Ganga), Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India Ritual and Playful - Mother and daughters New moon Ganga ritual Splash! Splash! Splash! They're cleansed Playful ritual Paddling on styrofoam While mother washes
Woman and Candle, Ganga (Ganges) River, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India The Angel - The flotilla of pilgrims and tourists makes its way up the Ganges River, leaving behind the Ganga Aarti, the nightly Worship to Fire ceremony at Dashashwamedh Ghat, on the riverbank. Our boat passes another, a […]
A little girl ran through it, Kashi (Old Varanasi), Uttar Pradesh, India I Fell in Love - I fell in love With the vivid colour So I settled in To setup the shot When a little girl Ran through it So I fell in love With her too
A little music, Street Art, Kashi (Old Varanasi), Uttar Pradesh, India A Little Music ~ A Little Dance - I remind myself Everyday: A little music A little dance Even better: A lot
A boy and his bicycle, Kashi (Old Varanasi), Uttar Pradesh, India The Look - Forgive me Young man For startling you With my camera I heard But did not hear You exiting the door And my eye Was on a scooter For which I'd waited
A Boy and his Kite, Kashi (Old Varanasi), Uttar Pradesh, India A Boy in the Shadows - I step From the shadows Into the light With the innocence Of a child Ready To take flight
Arranging for a Bicycle Rickshaw, New Delhi, India Short Focus - A family Arranging a rickshaw An essential Every-moment moment Of India A million-times-a-day Moment A colourful picture Beautiful But the focus Is a little short The rickshaws Are sharp But the people Are not
Stone Inlay, Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India Details - The devil They say Is in the details But so too Is the beauty Therefore, God
The Mosque, Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India The Mosque - Staggered by the Scale as much as the Stunning Beauty All the lines Are precise And pristine As to seem An architect's model Atop his desk
Taj Mahal, from the Red Fort, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India Come Closer - Come closer, dear So I can come To know you better In your presence I deliver myself To your mysteries
Beauty in Details, Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India Beauty in Detail - Long have I known Her beauty from afar But I have longed To know her in detail
Maintenance, The Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India Love ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #73 - Even the purest love Requires a little maintenance From time to time
Woman Beside the Tracks, Delhi to Agra Train, Uttar Pradesh, India A Moment in Passing ~ Captured - A moment A flash in passing From a train window A shawl A dress A woman Old? Yes An old woman Blending into the landscape Now gone Faster than you've read this And soon enough Forgotten
Bicycle Rickshaw Driver, Chandni Chowk (Bazaar), Old Delhi, India Faces in the Crowd - There is no grander crowd Than Chandni Bazaar Expansive A bazaar of humanity Vital, vibrant, vivid Variety and spice So I set up in the median Camera in hand And let the people come Reveling in Faces in the crowd So I set up in the median Camera in hand And let the people come Reveling in Faces in the crowd
Bicycle Rickshaw Stand, Outside Lajpat Nagar Metro Station, New Delhi, India In the Cacophony - The Cacophony Of motion and sound Falls away Deep into the background As he waits For the next fare In a peaceful quiet Of his own making
Bicycle Rickshaw Lineup, Lajpat Nagar Metro Station, New Delhi, India They Wait - They Wait Because there is only Sleep And pedaling And waiting
Heavy Rush Hour Traffic, Lajpat Nagar Metro Station, New Delhi, India Beep Beep! - Beep Beep! Lajpat Nagar Metro Station New Delhi, India Video captured during travels, last night, 2017 Every picture may tell a story, but the story this poem tells is an expression of audio and time, […]
The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, by Bill Reid, International Terminal, Vancouver International Airport, British Columbia, Canada The Spirit of Travel - From the very beginning Life has always been A journey
Market Day Donkey Cart Parking, Kuqa, Xinjiang, China Other ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #72 - I seek other To discover Self Market Day Donkey Cart Parking Kuqa Xinjiang Autonomous Region The People's Republic of China