Emeishan Grand Hotel
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Entry by Chuck: This was one big Buddha. At 71 meters (234 feet) high, this big boy took 90 years to complete. Viewing the Buddha from a boat on the river, as well as from the stairway on its side, really impressed me of the dedication and spirituality those early monks had. This was a great adventure and a must to see when in China.
... seen. Apparently some people are so moved by it that they jump off the cliff and into the clouds
- Saw a bunch of monkey’s on Mount Emei. Word of caution, they steal plastic bags.
After the two day tour we still had 2 more days until I had to fly back up north to visit family. What happened one of those nights deserves a blog post all by itself, so I’ll do just that. Check out the next few blog posts!
Peace and Monkeys,
... Buddha which is also carved into the mountains - unfortunately due to vegetation, we couldn't really see it properly. We continued walking around the gardens, (we came across Buddha after Buddha) heading in the direction of the famous Grand Buddha. After walking up more steps (if I never see another step- it'll be too soon) we finally reached his head- it was HUGE!!!! We had to walk down the steps at the side of the cliff to get to his feet which took about 35 ...
We got up early to get the 7.20am coach/bus to Mount Emei, we were running late so rushed out of the door. Half way to the bus station I realised I'd left my camera at the hostel on full view (we thought that we night be staying on the mountain and there are alerts everywhere saying not to leave valuables laying about in rooms). I was really upset thinking it could be taken/stolen and it has all my photos on it!! I ended up running back to the hostel ...
... a kindergarten, which was a real privilege. The children were adorable and attended from 21/2 to 5 years. School is not compulsory until children reach 5 years, so parents had to pay for this school. It was a lovely visit and so interesting. This visit was followed by one to a calligrapher who asked us (vis Patrick) our name and our wish, which he then wrote to for us. He was a lovely gentleman, very gentle, who was also a ...