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Yángguāng (Sunshine)


sunny 28 °C

It was the sunshine that brought the biggest relief after the commotion of moving to a new country.
A long walk along Huandaolu that hugs the southern coast of the island was like a refreshing swim in sunlight.


A beautiful road with a constant view of the ocean interrupted only by a curtain of palm trees.





The chinese character for 'sun' (日) is very easily traced to early drawings of a circle in the sky. Their name for Japan is 日本 (Rìběn) - because the sun rises in the East, hence Japan being the land of the east/of the sun. I like how this ties into the flag of Japan as well. It is also used in the words 'day' and 'date' etc.

It's surprising what a big influence sunshine has over happiness, how physical and chemical the effect is. It always makes me wonder why the whole population is not concentrated along the equator, and how people lead happy lives in dark and cold places.

It really has been blissful to have the warmth of the southern China air envelope me in a welcoming embrace every morning, reassuring me that the harshness of winter cannot reach me here.


Posted by Melimei 17:12 Archived in China Tagged xiamen

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