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Notes about changes in my FlowerPictures site, I also write some backgrounds about photography and gardening.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

New pictures of Rice transplanting in Vietnam and Bai Dinh Temple, the biggest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia.
Traditional rice transplanting that the Vietnamese farmers do for hundred of years. Pictures of  farmer transplanting are beautiful.
Bai Dinh temple in Ninh Binh province is still under construction, but thousands people already come to visit this new temple.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Trip to India.
We took an eight-day trip to India in early Spring this year. The main goal of this trip is to visit some Buddhist holy sites in Northeast India, including Bodhgaya, Sarnath and Kushinagar. The Mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya is the place where the Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment. Sarnath is the place where the Buddha gave first dharma talk, and Kushinagar is the pace where the Buddha died.
We also visited New Delhi, Taj Mahal and the Ganges river.
Please visit my webpage Trip to India to see all the pictures.

Friday, February 19, 2010

New pictures of Vĩnh Nghiêm Buddhist temple in Bắc Giang.
Traditionally, many Vietnamese people go to visit temples in the first month of the lunar New Year (Tết). They try to visit as many temples as possible to pray for their wealth, happiness, luck...
We went to visit an old Buddhist temple in Bắc Giang province a few days ago. This is the original Vĩnh Nghiêm Buddhist temple that is about 700 years old. Most Vietnamsese only know the new  Vĩnh Nghiêm temple in Saigon which was built in the 60's.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Tết is the biggest festival in Vietnam, it is the lunar New year. This year is the year of the Tiger (Canh Dần). If you visit Vietnam this time of the year, you'll see flowers displaying everywhere. You can see flowers in public park, in the streets, in office building, commercial buildings and private houses...
The traditional Tết flower in the South Vietnam is "Mai" flower (this name has the same sound as "lucky" in Vietnamese). In the North Vienam, the temperature is colder and the traditional Tết flower is peach (hoa đào). Recently, orchids  become favorite flowers to many Vietnameses, because they are beautiful and more expensive. Most orchids are grown commercially in Dalat (central highland) and in the North.
You can see some Tết flowers in my webpage Vietnamese flowers.