October 11, 2011

Jincheng Mountain

Another day, another trip:  Oct. 5 found us headed to Jincheng Mountain.  We wound along through many small villages and farm compounds.  Every once in a while we would pass a concentration of new homes being built—evidence of China’s efforts to “build a new countryside”.  The narrow roads and switchback curves, gave us lots of opportunities to witness how to handle a bus when encountering pedestrians, motorbikes, cars, and buses coming from the other direction.

Once on top, we broke into groups of 3 or 4 and were handed compasses and hand-drawn maps with different points of interest circled.  We spent the next few hours exploring panoramic viewpoints, cliff-face shrines, and general natural beauty.  After lunch, we visited the mountaintop Buddhist temple, including one sanctuary with  500 highly-individualized images of the Buddha’s  first followers.

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