Back to Shanghai! We celebrated Rebecca's surprise arrival in Shanghai, enjoyed 10 wonderful days with all 3 girls at home and enjoyed many restaurants, speakeasys and sites, along with a weekend visit to the Moganshan bamboo forest. What a fun city and what fabulous, blessed time with our lovely girls. :)
Sunday, April 09, 2017
We explored two temples at the base of Emeishan, the Baoguo Temple and the Fuhu Temple, dating back to the 16th century. One statue (the one pictures below of Buddha sitting on top of a 3-tusked elephant) even dates back to 1415. The sites were peaceful and lovely, surrounded by lush forests and gorgeous flowers.
For 2 days, we hiked on Emeishan, climbing up 3000 metres and staying the night at Elephant Bathing Pool Monastery along the way. It was a wonderful, peaceful and tough climb, with a total of 35 kilometres and thousands upon thousands of stone steps (and only one sketchy temporary wooden path over a steep drop-off - a bit nerve-wracking in retrospect). The Golden Summit, with its beautiful statues and golden temple, and snowy peaks in the distance, was stunning.