Mulan Fortress on Mulan Mountain, 70 km northeast of Wuhan, Hubei, China. February, 2008
The Disney-popularized story of Mulan has some seeds in history. The story of the female general, Mulan, was originally a folk song dating from the Northern Wei dynasty, 386 to 534 AD. According to legend, the aged father of a young woman named Mulan was conscripted. Mulan disguised herself as a man and joined the army in his place. For the next ten years she showed remarkable skill as a warrior and became a female general. Her true identity remained hidden from her comrades until the end.

The Valley seen from Mulan Mountain, which is northeast of Wuhan, Hubei, China. February, 2008

What's for lunch? Bloodshot eyeballs? No, these are also lotus seeds. Wuhan, Hubei, China. September, 2007. See "Eyeball" delicacy, August, 2000

Statue of Chilin on top of the Taoist Temple. Jiugongshan, Hubei Province, China. September, 2007

Reflection in alpine lake at the top of Jiugongshan (Nine Palace Mountain) in southwest Hubei Province, China. September, 2007

Buddhist temple on Jiugongshan (Nine Palace Mountain) in southwest Hubei Province, China. September, 2007

A typical farmhouse on the outskirts of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. March, 2005
Traditional farmhouses near cities are quickly disappearing

Famous pot (=deng) on Tortoise Hill, Wuhan, China. March, 2005

Famous leaders of the Warring Kingdoms, Tortoise Hill, Wuhan, China. March, 2005

Parade of statues of leaders from the Warring Kingdoms period, Tortoise Hill, Wuhan, China. March, 2005

Pavilion at the Botanical Gardens, Wuhan, China. November, 2003

Huge Bookstore, Wuhan, China. November, 2003

Ornate door, Wuhan, China. November, 2003

Luxury Condominiums vs. Third World Shack, Wuhan, China. November, 2003

Street Vendor, Wuhan, China. November, 2003

Bell at the Yellow Crane Tower, Wuhan, China. November, 2003

View across the Yangtze River at Wuhan, China. November, 2003

Temple at Hong Shan, Wuhan, China. November, 2003

Feral Cat Sculpture at East Lake, Wuhan, China. November, 2003

Old Library at Wuhan University, Wuhan, China. November, 2003

Incense and Candles at a Temple in Wuhan, China. November, 2003

Performance of chime bells and old instruments at the Hubei Provincial Museum, Wuhan, China. October, 2003
20 second clip playing music from 400 BC on replicas of the instruments from the tomb of the Marquis Yi of Zeng

Lao Tse, the founder of Taoism at a Tao Temple in Wuhan, China. October, 2003

"Eyeball" delicacy at restaurant in Wuhan, China. August, 2000 (actually, they are lotus seeds)

Yellow Crane Tower in Wuhan, China. August, 2000

Chinese donuts being made near Huazhong University, Wuhan, China. August, 2000

View of Wuhan and the Yangtze River from the Yellow Crane Tower. August, 2000

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