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Chinese tourists in Myanmar (3): Encounter Shwedagon Pagoda at morn

Updated:2017-11-30 11:49:44   english.yunnan.cn

On November 27, we, participants of the 2017 China-Myanmar tourism ROAD SHOW, visited the sublime golden Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, a national symbol for Myanmar people.

Though I had seen the pagoda quite a few times, admiring it at dawn still meant something new to me. While it shows a dazzling sight at night, the Buddhist tower presented me a peaceful scene in the morning glow at sunrise.

All the way, we came across Myanmar folks who got up early to pay tribute to Buddha, with flowers in their hands. Walking together with the crowd of piety, I felt certain warmth in the morn cool air. Then, I noticed an mid-aged man admiring a 76-g jewel on the pagoda top via a telescope, while talking to his family from time to time. "Can you see it?" I asked. “Well… probably.” He hesitated a bit and uttered.

It was a fine morn, and the sky was clear, with pigeons and the ravens flying to and fro among the towers and buildings nearby. Eyes closed, I could hear puffs of ring from the golden and silver bells hanging on the pagoda. The “melodies” brought me a lasting sense of inner peace.

My friend once told me that a clockwise tour around the Shwedagon Pagoda can make the tourist blessed. And I observed the tradition that morning. Walking around the tower, I saw some bathing Buddha with pure, while others sitting in the shades, chatting on daily routines and necessities.

Seeing my smile, a kid merrily came over to me for the cell phone in my hand… Then, it occurred to me that the pagoda makes a place for spiritual comfort and relaxation.

The road-show team members thumbed up for the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda.

"I can feel inner peace here."
"I saw the Myanmar folks’ piety," said other tourists.

Standing in the breeze under the eaves and gazing at the blue sky, the golden pagoda and people to and fro, I felt how time flies and how the worldly affairs change. And at such sight, I was a little bit day-dreaming, entering a state of meditation: My life? Yes, what on earth is it for ...

And my thinking was ended at the tour guide’s words: “The golden Shwedagon Pagoda of Yangon is situated on the Singuttara Hill and to the west of Kandawgyi Lake. A signature of the Myanmar nation, the 99-metre-tall tower dominates the Yangon skyline. ”

The golden pagoda is richly ornamented, with its crown tipped with 5,448 diamonds and 2,317 rubies. It is known as one the three major cultural sites in Southeast Asia, the other two being Cambodia's Angkor Wat and Indonesia's Borobudur.

Reporting by Cao Yunbo, Shu Wen and Lei Tongsu; trans-editing by Eric Wang

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