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... are limited with the moving vehicle, but we need not worry as we will soon get the opportunity to walk among them. There are many Chinese tour groups here, each with a tour guide barking information through a loudspeaker attached to their belt. It does spoil the atmosphere a little, but our guide is smart enough to direct us away from the noise and to the quieter parts of the forest. We walk along various paths, Sue pointing out each distinctive formation. The Chinese have ...
... here as Xishan. We caught bus 73 for about 45 minutes from our hostel, then bus 94 that dropped us at the foot of the mountain. There we found a minibus to take us up the hill and began descending passing through several temples incrusted in the cliff. After walking a few minutes, we reached the summit and the view there is breathtaking, the most beautiful one I've seen in China so far. It overlooks Dianchi Lake, which ...
... it has 500 sculptures of arhats, followers of Buddha. We rode the rickety bus. More stares. They don't even look away when you meet their gaze. Weird. I sat on Lindsey's lap since there were no seats and we were already the freaks anyway.
The temple was beautiful and surrounded by greenery. It was a welcomed change from the stinky, rubble-filled city. There was incense everywhere and it was very peaceful. At the back, we stumbled upon an art gallery/tea room and ...
... of their headdress were single and available. Those with only one were engaged and once married the flaps were folded flat onto the headdress.
The Stone Forest (Shi Lin) consisting of a large area of limestone pillars are celebrated as a natural wonder of the world. The limestone pillars have been given imaginative names and some are 100 feet tall. The whole "forest" area covers 400 square ...
... eight native flowering plants: Rhododendrons/azaleas, Camellias, Magnolias, Primulas, Orchids, Lilies (8 species, including the six-foot tall Cardiocrimum giganticum), Gentians (6 species), and Mecanopsis (6 species). Most of these plants can be seen in the botanical garden, and they appear in a comprehensive book published by the garden in both English and Chinese.
When we visited in early October the lotus blooms were just finishing and leaves on the larch were starting ...