Last weekend Ou wanted to see lanterns. We went to Zigong, a city famous for its lantern show. The people here are expert at making lanterns resembling human, animals, scenic spots, scenes from historical books etc. There is a park near the city center where they exhibit these lanterns.
Some lanterns point to current affairs - the evil SARS lantern and the heroic health workers behind. We spotted Mr. Bush. Representing historical fiction was Wu Song. He appears in two well known stories — The outlaw of the Marshes and The Golden Lotus. He is a valiant fighter who kills a Tiger with his bare hands. Later he kills his sister in law (the golden lotus) and her lover after discovering that they poisoned his brother. He runs away from justice and becomes an outlaw.
The hotel we stayed at had a dish in its menu called Fried Indian with Rice. I asked Ou to keep a lookout for the chef, lest they run out the main ingredient and come looking for me.