It wasn’t the season for flowers when we were up on the mountains.
But still there were some white flowers on the mountain.
Luckily, we also saw a beautiful golden butterfly with spots resting on the flowers.
On either side, were bamboo leaves.
The hike in Shanqing Shan has brought us views of some of the strangely shaped rocks. They are a result of weathering in the nature. These ones resemble a couple of penguins.
While the main building was architecturally pleasing and interesting, the buildings and gardens on the side also appealed a lot to me.
After visiting the main building, I had a good look around and captured this photo.
I like the series of pavilions cascading down, the corridors, the pond and footbridges.
Even the plants on the sides look beautiful.
I can appreciate how it was like to live as a Prince in medieval China!
The mountain seems to open up in layers.
On the left, there are clear escarpments overgrown with green plants.
Similarly, opening up in a Vee- shape on the right side are further hill slopes rising up steeply.
I was awed by the steepness of the mountains and the greenness of the pines when I was high up on Sanqing Shan.
To me, there were always layers of mountains in front of me. As I proceeded, one layer of mountain gave away to the other.
On the bend of the trail, what I can see were steep mountains on either side, guarded by pine trees high up on each side.
But between them, there were layers of mountains yonder.
This is perhaps one of the most frightening statues I have seen in my trip to Longhu Shan.
This is Zhang Daoling, the first Celestial Master of China, who has founded Taoism.
In my childhood days, I understand Zhang is the guy who can capture devilish ghosts!
The following is extracted from the British Britannica:
Zhang Daoling, Wade-Giles romanization Chang Tao-ling (born 34 ce, Pei, Jiangxi, China—died 156, Hanzhong), founder and first patriarch of the Tainshidao (“Way of the Celestial Masters”) movement within Daoism.Zhang settled in the Sichuan area and there studied Daoism sometime during the reign of Shundi (125–144) of the Dong (Eastern) Han dynasty. Zhang claimed to have received a revelation from the great sage Laozi and began to prophesy the coming of a time called Great Peace (Taiping). According to tradition, he composed the Xiang’er commentary to the Daodejing to propagate his movement.
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We were told that there are approximately 7,000 steps if we were to do a complete loop round the SanQing Shan mountains.
7,000 steps going up and down seem to be a lot to me.
I can walked for miles on trials without steps but was a bit worried about the mentioned number of steps before the trip.
In the end, I don’t think there are as many as 7,000 steps. I was happy that I have climbed up long – unending – flights of steps which made me panting and walked down many steps with the assistance of a walking stick. This is the first time that I have resorted to the use of walking stick.
On the right hand top part of the first photo are the seemingly endless steps ( they are not that obvious from the photo.