Travel Theme: Transformation


This week Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack challenges bloggers to share photos that express “transformation.”

Hmmm. This required a lot of thought and I’m not delighted with my choice, but fire does transform these incense sticks to ash. The religious symbolism is one of change and purification.

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Confucian Temple

Confucian Temple, Jinan
Confucian Temple, Jinan

This Confucian temple is just south of Daming Lake. You can enter either in front of Daming Lake or by the front entrance, which you get to by walking north on Food Street. Don’t try this on the weekend when hordes of people jam Food Street, which is really more of an alley! It’s a small temple and doesn’t take long to walk around.

The entrance says there’s a 10 yuan entry fee, but they don’t always collect it.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist

at the Confucian Temple
at the Confucian Temple

1. Each week, we’ll prov ide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced. 2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag. 3. Follow The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements, and subscribe to our newsletter – we’ll highlight great photos from each month’s most popular challenge. Other great photos:

Mencius’ Temple


Mencius was a Chinese philosopher, second only to Confucius. He lived in Zuocheng, Shandong Province and we hopped the slow train to his hometown. It’s a dusty, unpretentious (to be generous) town that few travelers visit. I’m not quite sure it’s worth the train trip. It’s not bad, but there isn’t that much there.