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Silkroad travels: Peoples Park, Ürümqi

My wanderings through the People's Park in Ürümqi led me to the hobby calligraphers. Everybody is invited to help himself with one of these water brushes that are available freely on a stand. The idea is to write on the pavement with water. Should you be dissatisfied with the result, be reassured, the writing will have evaporated in a minute! I don't know what the person here wrote but I bet it's one of the popular poems of Li Bo (701-762 AD; see picture here).

Li Bo (or Li Bai) is often regarded, along with Du Fu, as one of the two greatest poets in China's literary history. Approximately 1,100 of his poems remain today. The first translations in a Western language were published in 1862. Li Bo is best known for his independent spirit, the extravagant imaginations, and for his great love for liquor (Wikipedia).
I put the "View: map" mark on the monument of Li Bo

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