That’s a statute of a snake sitting on top of a turtle swimming in a canal up in the mountain of Wudangshan in the middle of China.
After an overnight train ride, I make my way to the ancient city of Pingyao, China, as the sun rises behind the old city walls.
After an hour-long climb up the mountain, this is a better view of the Bodhidharma statue than if I stayed down in the valley and looked through one of the telescopes at the Shaolin Temple, Songshan, China.
The fiery mane of this Chinese guardian lion makes it look especially fearsome, and a bit otherworldly, at its post inside the Forbidden City in Beijing, China.
In a region known as the center of Taoism, a giant tai chi symbol covers the middle of the town square in front of the Wudang Museum at Wudangshan, China.
Through a haze of smog, the Monument to the People’s Heroes stands over Tiananmen Square honoring China’s war veterans in Beijing, China.
These are just a few of the many stone pagodas in the pagoda forest at the Shaolin Temple, Songshan, China.