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The day started well, with us going into the mountains for the day - LuShan Mountain to be exact. Its 1200m high, and there are only a certain amount of cars allowed up from 1000m. So we arrived at base, transferred our stuff and then hopped into the van.... and thats when we discovered we had hired a driver who thought he could use the 'Force' for his driving skills - Darth Vader Force that is...If you ever see this man, do not get in a car with him... there ...
... and freezing. There was no way I was going to stay in Lushan for the night, feeling this grumpy. Attempting to get back home was better than not attempting to get back home at this point.
The driver drove the whole way down the mountain with the windows down. Fffffff..... Come on REALLY?! Then he dropped us off at least a 20 minute walk from the train station, which I did in some more pouring rain.
When i got there, The ticket woman yelled at me in ...
... just slightly away from the centre of town, are empty. So, after looking at Chiang's old villa (yep, still there), we sat in a park for a while and then just continued down the mountain on an old path. It was paved, but the further we went, the clearer it became that it had fallen into complete disuse. We came upon a huge manmade pit with a tower of stones in the centre. "A bear pit", I joked. We looked around a ...
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 ...
... a taxi driver of our plan to get the the temple and as this was sneaky and exciting the taxi driver wanted to get involved. The next thing i know, he pulled up down a side alley, popped in to his house, brought another guy out who jumped in the taxi with us. He was on his phone, he was an ex monk and was contacting another monk in the temple to get us in. It was all very dodgy i felt like i was doing something illegal, but it was very exciting at the same time.