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... tree Sisi wanted to cut and I wanted to keep. Alas, Eolus, god of the wind, was in Sisi's favor and blew the tree over last year. Only one pine tree left to turn our garden into a Kurort during the summer. Another striking feature of this mountain is the incredible amount of steep stairs. The mountain tops have tops around 1860 meters. I don't know at what elevation the entrance is, but I presume around 1000 or so. The tops have hotels and restaurants, ...
... and 310 km/h (about 200 miles/h). It sure doesn't feel like it, because we gently float, and from the moving landscape I could not tell. The land around us is hilly with many small mountains, and tunnels for the train. It is humid and hazy. Temperatures are in the upper twenties, everything is very green. We see much land where the water table is regulated. Thousands of small rice fields, now dry, yellowing for harvest. ...
Today we moseyed around town, doing a little bit of urban exploration behind the giant gold Buddha park. It was 299 yuan to get in so we walked around it instead.
The whole time, I was completely terrified because Alex started walking through this dark tunnel, which had a gate on it that I thought might close on us at any time. Then, once we were through, it looked like a normal monastery, but there was giant electrified fence and everything seemed at a very large scale. I expected ...
... quite a relief to me because I was bracing myself for insane crowds like last time.
We took the stairs down and passed some more quaint temples and monasteries. It's a super Buddhist mountain, so there were a lot of serious people climbing the steps to the top with incense.
We walked around in the rain for a bit before taking the bus back down to our hotel.
... was actually the right one, but we went to two other bus stations because this guy was so confused.
I slept a bit on the bus, but by the time we got to Jiuhua, I just wanted to crash for the rest of the day. We went out and ordered some food on sticks.