Baoguo Temple Guest House (Beijing First)
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... ended up along the canal. In the evening light it looked even
better than this morning. I walked along the narrow paths till I came across a
little house where an old Chinese shifu was performing the art of calligraphy.
He drew my attention as he looked exactly like I’ve had imagined before coming
down to China: tall, all wrinkled –almost having his eyes closed - a long grey
beard and wearing a traditional robe... the old wise Chinese! I was amazed by
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