Lushan Guomai Hotel
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... the place that was on my ticket, all anybody could tell me was "wait 10 minutes".... Ummm ok I guess I didn't have a choice to not wait... but OK...
Anywho, when we finally paid our astronomical entry fee of 180 yuan, and took the long windy road up the mountain, I went and did the main hike in the park while it gently sprinkled rain. It was ...
... and then I felt like a true idiot: the cages in various states of declension made quite obvious that we had stumbled upon a shuttered zoo. Besides the bear pit, there were medium-sized mammal cages, bird cages, and what seemed to be a monkey house. I have talked before about that sweet spot of disrepair, and while this may not have been exactly there, it was pretty close and we had a great time just checking it out.
Predictably, this whole area cost us 180RMB just to enter; predictably, we paid up without complaint because this is China, where you can still get full on a dollar yet pay close to thirty dollars per person to enter a scenic area.
Lushan has a history as a summer mountain retreat first for Europeans in the late 1800s (Pearl S. Buck lived here), then for the Guomingdang (Chiang Kai-Shek's party) rulers until, of course, Chiang and his fellows ...
... all i was happy to pay so i could see the rest. The temples were very beautiful however, i was somewhat disappointed as everything on show to the public was 'too touristy' i was expecting something a bit more original. Again selling the same tat at every turn. My favourite part of the day was seeing the school train. There were hundreds and hundreds of students. It was like watching an army preparing for battle. All marching in unison and chanting simultaneously. ...
... a city of huge modern skyscrapers, it remains huge in scale. To an army of would-be invaders 700 years ago, it would have seemed utterly unstoppable. It is however, a ***** to climb up. The steps are made intentionally uneven. So you get exhausted really really quickly. I can see why they say you are a hero if you climb it. It was however a really singular expereince. Truly ...
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