九华山

So this was a cool buddhist temple in the mountains.
actually is was about 70+ temples (there used to be more) lining the ridge.
there are over 90+ ridges so that’s a lot of fun hiking to do.
definitely worth the view at sunrise, seeing the mist and fog.
you can check out the pictures in the album because it really is indescribable. I would suggest going there in person if possible. there aren’t so many tourists to make it unpleasant. the monks still practice their tradition, you can hear there chants and smell incense in the air. there is also a shrunken, preserved body of some important teacher. did i mention he is plated in gold? yeah. right, when we were asking how to find the body, we talked to a monk who was chiming his gong. he didn’t know what the heck we were talking about but was super friendly. he also invited us upstairs to check out the other buddhists statues, numbering 500 plus. so yeah, he couldn’t figure out what we wanted so he went over to another monk and asked him and the second monk looked at him strangely and then repeated what we had told him (maybe in the correct tones) and the first monk broke into a huge smile and started laughing and hugging the other monk. It was a big funny scene and he was tickled pink by the whole situation. as we were leaving… he was slightly scolded for leaving his gong un-gonged and scuttled back to his little stool, still with a big smile on his face.
Oh, yet another run in with friendly people. Sky and I went looking for some food as we enjoy a good meal several times a day. We ended up getting noodles at a little shop with a funny little chinese man. We ordered a specialty dish and tried some of his recommendations. The smile never left his face, I am almost positive he was the happiest man on earth. I can’t imagine him getting angry. He was so kind to us, and kept refilling our tea cups at every moment, asking us questions, bringing his grand children over. Because he was so great, the next day we went back and had lunch there!
The trip was sweet and the mountain gave a calming sensation. It was a good end to a whirl wind vacation and prepared me nicely for what was to come in the form of 4 VIA teachers arriving to Shanghai from Thailand teacher training…

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