Nice Gneiss by Ali -
 
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Chinese parks have a certain style to them, not often in keeping with Western aesthetic tastes. There's a tendency to feature ponds, paths, pavilions and grotesque, ugly lumps of limestone, often decorated with calligraphy describing how "beautiful" and serene and cultural the sttting is. Overcoming nature rather than working in pleasant (to our eyes) harmony. However today I spotted a new rock stategically placed in our local Banyan Tree Park, and it's not too bad! The park features bronze statues of a caravan of horses on the Ancient Tea Horse Trail, and to complement this the authorities have stumped up the cash for this splendid boulder of gneiss (for a change) featuring a clearly recognisable (for a change) image of a galloping horse. And, for a change, no calligraphy - yet.




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