In my university, there is a beautiful horseshoe-shaped lake where lotuses bloom in the summer. I cannot remember how many time I sat by its side with a book in hands or walk around it with a dear friend talkig about our most secret feelings. From then on, I developed a deep love for this speical flower. An intellect in China's Song dynasty wrote the following Ode to Lotus, the whole of which I could recite from childhood.
"I have a love for lotus, while growing in mud, it remains unstained; Floating on waving water, it never dances with it. The branchless stem is hollow inside but straight. Her faint fragrance reaches far and she stands erect in water, fair and graceful.” With such a character, lotus is an important cultural symbol in China, apart from its association with buddhism and hinduism.