Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree

Lotus Flower in Xian

Lotus Flower in Xian

One of my most carefree and untroubled moments during our China odyssey was sitting down and enjoying the peace and tranquility of the lotus pond at a park in Xian.  

Lotus Flower in Xian

A lotus flower is a symbol of purity which rises unsullied through muddy water. It is also one of the Eight Buddhist symbols of good fortune. 

Lotus Flower in Xian

Lotus flower has been used to indicate different meanings in different circumstances. In a relationship, it is normally used to mean being totally in love with someone and being forgetful of all that has happened in the past between you. It is also used in Asian religions especially in India to represent awakening to the spiritual reality of life.

Lotus Flower in Xian

In general, the lotus flower represents life and beauty. To Buddhist, it represents spiritual awakening and reality. In Japanese culture, the lotus flower is considered a sacred symbol. The lotus flower can represent enlightenment and purity.

Lotus Flower in Xian

The Lotus flower essentially represents the clarity of heart as well as the mind. It also represents strength, good luck, long life as well as honour and respect.

Lotus Flower in Xian

Author: janaline's world journey

I am addicted to travelling and have been exploring the world for nearly two decades. Here I share my travel stories and pictures so that you can share in some of the amazing experiences I have along the way. When you travel you experience the culture and get to know the people of a country. Once you step out of your comfortzone you get to know the real country and experience it in a different way than ordinary tourists. My camera usually accompanies me everywhere I go so you can "see" and read about my journeys.

37 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree”

  1. These are wonderful photos of a stunning looking place. My personal favourite is the close up third from last, it’s mouthwatering. The colours in these shots are lovely, and its great to read about the symbolism if this beautiful flower as we scroll through the images. A really lovely post 🙂

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      1. Oh so you missed the crazy heat that China suffered this summer. It is now 35-39c which is comfortable after the 40+ temps that stuck. We missed the months of that and only had a few days to deal with the heat. We came back after summer break and we had a cooler than normal summer at home, so it was hard to adjust.
        Looks like you saw a lot of China. We have been here 3 years and haven’t seen as much as we would have liked. It is hard when work is so busy and we can only travel on school holidays. Those are also Chinese holidays so to avoid the crowds and high prices we usually go outside of China.

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    1. I agree Amy, Xian is definitely a very beautiful place filled with so many little hidden gems! Relaxing in this tranquil park during the hottest part of the day was definitely an amazing experience.

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