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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 ...
... i pointed to the busy street in front of the station.
"Ming tian, SORRY"
And with that she grabbed her purse and literally ran away, leaving me all alone by the wood stove, which was still burning. I wanted to stay and get warm, but I had to go back out in the rain again at least to find a place to stay and at best to find a bus home.
Luckily I saw a random bus waiting for passengers. It was going to Jiujiang. Fine, I got in the bus, ...
... 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 ...
... as every time you reached a level, there was another level then another level and each time the shrines and the Buddhas got bigger and bigger. At one shrine there were 3 women together (3 generations), all praying with their incense sticks. I don't know why but i had to stop and watch them. I wondered what they were praying for and what their lives are like. It looked very emotional. It was hard to tear myself away from this.
Later that evening we arrived ...