Although the city is where Zhuang Hui maintains his social relationships and builds his identity, it does not possess what appeals to him the most. As much as the cities are filled with artificial objects and consumer goods, the people who inhabit these urban environments are often only concerned about themselves – about one’s own desires and how to satisfy them, which could lead to rivalries among people for resources and power. Hence, refraining one’s desires and wants for material goods become the pretext for contemplating on metaphysical issues. Intellectuals could explore the wonders of the universe without leaving one’s home, but for Zhuang Hui, who practices what he preaches – walking over time in the unpredictable natural environment, where he touches and observes objects in reality, and opens up his system of perception whole-heartedly – are the ways of approaching the metaphysical life. Humans are beings with imagination and ideas, the development of civilization is a lasting process of being in the cave (or indoors), immersed in artificial notions and the virtual world, but for Zhuang Hui, he needs to walk into the wilderness, towards reality. This kind of wandering or itinerant practice is similar to the “Kun turns into Peng, and flies to the Southern Darkness” described in the chapter, “Free and Easy Wandering” of Zhuangzi. During the course of his journey, what were relevant to nature have been given form in the Everything series.
The nature portrayed in Everything is not the luxuriant lush Southern sceneries of “simply being there”, but the boundless and spectacular Northwestern typography around the Qianlian Mountains. Stretched out over a thousand kilometers, Qianlian Mountain, encompassing topographical phenomena such as the Gobi, desert, grassland, and snow-mountain, has become the artist's "studio". This vast space provides people with the ultimate religious experience; when we observe closely at the details found in nature, we lament the inadequacy of artificial objects that fails to attain this level of wonder. What Zhuang Hui hopes to do is to take us into a different space through the images he captures along the way, where people, animals, plants, stones, and rivers are all the messages left by the Creator in this chaotic world, who are equal and connected; being in the temporal framework of this space, human civilization is only the tip of the iceberg. In Zhuang Hui's view, if everyone's life, attention and awareness orbit around the things people do, where an alternative space or mode of operation lacks as a referential vantage point, then the conflating humanity would possess daunting power.