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"Surmounting the Chola Mountain Of Life"
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In January of 2009 I finished my new painting "Love without Boarder" that garnered a strong reaction. Viewers were stunned by this huge painting. It took me more than half a year to finish this earthquake subject painting. During the process, everyday I was wholeheartedly immersed myself into the emotions evoked by the quake that after I finished it, I was exhausted like a mother just gave birth to her child. I was compelled to go somewhere to allow myself to recuperate. As I left Beijing, I suddenly remembered that last year in a trade show I saw a kind of Tibetan paper of which the monks use to print their scriptures.
When I saw that paper its natural and original texture caught my attention like a lovers fall in love in the first sight. I have wanted something like this for so long. From Tokyo to New York to Las Angeles, more then ten years have passed, I was never satisfied with the mass produced paper that the modern technology creates. However, when I first saw that Tibetan paper, I could almost imagined my brushes and the texture of the paper merge together and even the histories of these papers could elicit my expression. I could sense my connection with the paper, just like a musician found his most compatible instrument. It reminds me of my past when I was living in the Guge caves and surrounded by murals, Buddhism scriptures scattered on the ground... everyday when the first sunlight woke me up the first thing I saw was the scriptures, printed on this type of paper. So when I saw this paper in the tradeshow, I want find its origin.
I heard that this paper is very special, the Tibetans uses a very unique material to make this paper. It is made of the root-hairs of "AJiaoRuJiao" (Rui Xian Lang Du-Fragrant Wolf Poison Plant-- in Chinese,) which consist of three layers, namely the inner layer, the middle layer, and the outside layer. Paper made form the Fragrant Wolf Poison Plant is slightly yellow, it is relatively coarse and thick, but its fibers are very flexible, the paper is not easy to break apart, and absorbs water very well. Since the Fragrant Wolf Poison Plant was use as a Tibetan herbal medicine and it's slightly poisonous that it repels insets and mice and can be stored for a long time. It is also said that the paper contains some eyes heeling effects and that's why Tibetan monks who read Buddhism scriptures year after years rarely have vision problems. Weather it's true or not, I like this paper very much.
When the entire China was anticipating the lunar new year, I was already in Shangri-La. At the eve of New Year, when the evening just arrived and everyone was busy, I couldn't hold myself and lit up the first fireworks in this quiet village. Thereafter, fireworks began to light every house. It's was magnificent. Everyone was saying that "nobody lights the first fireworks before midnight, why did you do this to get so many followers?" This reminded me that back in my home village when I was a little boy, I learned to imitate rooster's crowing in the middle of the evening and consequently all roosters started to crow­ It's the same with fireworks this time. Suddenly everyone was celebrating this traditional holiday.

At the same time I couldn't wait to look for my special paper. So I get ready to go. Where I was staying at the time was relatively much closers to Dege, where the paper can be found, than from Beijing. When friends heard that I was about to go to Dege, they all tried to stop me. They said that the area is not very stable, especially with the climates: snows falling and roads closed. Everyone started to describe the situations to me as if they were there, they said that there were bandits around just like in the movies; it's very hard and dangerous to get through. I didn't really care what they had told me. Plus I didn't know what they said was even real or maybe they were just exaggerating. However, I rather trust them now then regret in the future, therefore, I begin to draft out the route to Dege very carefully. I had decided to travel along the side of the Dadu River, arrive at Seda first and then reach Dege.
In the evening of the New Year I had already arrived at a town called Wongda. It was already dark. Though I was only about fifty miles form Seda, I heard that the road wasn't safe. The owner of a roadside motel tries to persuade me not to go and stay there for the night. I realized that the owner wasn't just trying to get my business and I was tired, so I stopped here. Traveling in Tibet one cannot just calculate its miles by time, anything could happen suddenly that would stop you form moving forward. This is what I had learned form experience twenty years ago.

Over the years this place has developed quickly, new houses are built everywhere. Even though Tibet is a vast land with small population, one could still see the development of modernization here with new constructions and roads everywhere. However, it still didn't ease my worries and assure me of my arrival time to Seda.
I had decided to stay in a local style house in Wongda town. These buildings are wide on the top and narrow at the bottom. It's the typical Tibetan style house. I stayed silent thought was emotional at that night. Later into the night I had difficult breathing, that reminded me that I was back to the high plateau again.

Short after dawn I woke up and rush to Seda. When I arrived at Seda the open panoramic scenery made me feel like I was in the farthest part of Tibet. A familiar sense of combating with nature entered my thought. Snowflakes from the sky impaired my vision of the road. It feels like a land impossible for human dwellers. By the time I was close to town, a couple Landcruisers passed by and disappeared quickly. I could tell they belonged to the locals.
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