Happy Chinese New Year! The year of the MONKEY. I was born in 1992, (Also Monkey years: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968) which means this year is my year!
When it comes to Zodiacs, I do believe in it, no matter how crazy coincidence they can are. In case you do not know, each Chinese New Year is characterized by one of twelve animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac.
The personality of the Monkey
People who are born in the Year of the Monkey are lively, quick witted, curious, innovative and mischievous. The general image of people who are Monkeys is of always being smart, clever and intelligent, especially in their career and wealth. Their gentleness and honesty bring them an everlasting love life. Although they were born with enviable skills, they skill have several shortcomings, such as an impetuous temper and a tendency to look down upon others.
Strengths: sociable, innovative, enthusiastic, self-assured
Weaknesses: suspicious, cunning, selfish, arrogant, jealous
The location for this shoot happened at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver
The public park is free to enter. It is beautiful and different from the Garden, which you pay an entrance fee.
The ancient tradition is alive and well, the garden was built by actual Chinese artisans from Suzhou, who constructed each walkway and hall in the traditional manner, using intricate joinery that does not require nails, screws, or glue. And, just like the gardens of a thousand years ago, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden boasts a design that aims to strike a balance between four elements: rock, water, plants, and architecture.
• The rock: The garden’s rock formations range from a man-made mountain at the center of the garden to a scattering of water-worn limestone boulders. The common denominator? They’re all imported from the Suzhou’s Lake Tai, down to the pebble.
• The water: Jade green, due to the clay that lines the bottom of the garden’s pond. The hue is an intentional artistic choice, meant to enhance the pond’s reflections.
• The plants: A blend of local plants and native Chinese ones, the garden’s collection of flora ranges from cypress to miniature rhododendrons. Clusters of three winter plants—pine, bamboo, and winter-flowering plum—stud the terrain, symbolizing strength and rebirth.
• The architecture: Visitors can step into assorted pavilions, including The Han Bi Xie (Jade Water Pavilion), which appears to float on the surface of the pond. The water flowing underneath it also keeps it refreshingly cool in the summer.
This Garden definitely had a sense of tranquility.
What is your go to spot for relaxation or to get away from it all and what is your Chinese zodiac?