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... 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 ...
... who treated us to tea by the river followed by a spicy traditional lunch. Then we were whisked off to another small town up in the mountains. Partly shrouded in cloud we board a train and I'm not quite sure where we are going. My host has not shared his plans for me and I am very much along for the ride. After over 48 hours on the train coming back from Tibet the last thing I had in mind was getting on another train for three hours. I had come to Leshan to ...
... rainforest ferns, monkeys staring at you instead of people and little monasteries at the top of each hill. Little shacks are dotted along the route with people who can serve you bowls of rice or noodles, though trying to get any vegetables or sauce proved a problem with my level of Chinese. It's generally very difficult to make yourself understood to people in China if your Chinese is limited and their English is non-existent ...
... it soon becomes obvious that we're at the top of the clouds, as blue skies begin to show, allowing more sun to pour over the golden summit - a giant elephant hoisted Samantabhadra in an open square next to a golden temple reveals. The surrounding mountain scenery begins to open up, with peaks covered in snow and other temples. The cloud blankets most of the land giving us an unforgettable view. Our descent takes us ...