Just need to show this little detail from the Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery, the subject of my previous blog post:
Wandering through the numerous courtyards, I found several penjing skillfully shaped as Chinese characters. Some of them were still in the making, offering an intriguing insight into the pleasantly low tech process that leads to the sophisticated end results. Definitely my kind of engineering. I would love to be able to read these kanji, but need someone to decipher them to me as I have no skills in that area. Definitely another good reason to start Mandarin lessons while here.