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Hefei and Mount Jiuhua March 27 -28

We fly to Hefei and get a bus to Mount Jiuhua

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March 27

We got up really early and caught a car to the airport. Enliven had scheduled her friend to take us to the airport. It was a very foggy day so the flight to Heifei was delayed two hours.

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01-FlttoHefei

We finally left at around 1030 and arrived to Hefei at around 1230. Upon arrival to the airport we picked up a minibus that took us to the bus station where a bus was leaving for Mount Jiuhua, the third mountain on our Pilgrimmage Tour. We only had to wait about an hour before our bus left. The trip took six hours and was pleasant, even more so as we were traveling with a family that was making their annual trip to visit Mount Jiuhua. During the trip, we learned a lot about the mountain and Chinese life in generally. The family eventually invited us to stay at the hotel where they always stayed. It was on the mountain with a sister hotel at the base of the mountain. Our plan was to spend one night on the mountain and then transfer to the sister hotel closer to the bus station where we would head south to Ningbo. The plan was executed perfectly.

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02-unsetontheroad

A sunset as we arrive to the Mount Jiuhua area. Beautiful. We were immediately transferred to a private car which took us up the mountain to our hotel.

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03-iuhuashangate

Like all tourist mountains in China, Mount Jiuhua had an official entrance gate. We spend the night in a nicely heated room with the temperature outside near freezing. Inexpensive, modest and friendly was the game at this hotel. Very hospitable!

March 28

In the morning, we were provided a guide who took us up the mountain to some of the most important temples. Lots of pictures and lots of interesting things to do and see.

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04-templefronthdrff

The temples were authentic and not commercial. This was a serious working Buddhist area.

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04a-climbingmtn

Here we paused to visit with a local monk with our guide leading the way.

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04b-guide

This is our lovely and charming guide who walked with us for about two hours and explained what we were seeing and visiting. The temples were of a different style and the atmosphere around them was more serene and realistic. This was where serious Buddhist monks came to study in solitude.

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04c-Firsttemple

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04d-secondtemple

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04e-anotherview

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06-smalltemp

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07-skinko22ff

As we paused and enjoyed the scenery that each temple offered, I found this guy sitting in the sun. Looked just like a skink and, of course, it was.

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08-chickensff

How about some fresh-air dried chicken for your dining pleasure. Lots of pictures just waiting to be taken. We finished this little tour and then caught a free bus to the other side of the mountain where a small cluster of temples were located. Sunee did not want to take the cable car to the top so we just meandered around the cluster of buildings. It was worth the meandering

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09-Templedoor

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10-Behinddoor

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11-Ancienttemple

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12-incenseburner

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12a-path

The mountain path we followed was magnificent. This reminded me of that Robert Frost poem - what was it about taking a forest path?

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13-Locktradition

Every mountain we have been on so far has a tradition of engraving locks then placing them on one of the handholds along the stairs. This was no different. We have a lock on Mount Emei, but that is the only place.

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15-jiuhuasunset2

We took the free bus (actually Sunee had to pay 5 Yuan because she got to come to the mountain for free) to our hotel but not before buying some local Jiuhuashan Silver Needle green tea. Price was about the same as good green tea form Emei. That evening we went to the sister hotel down at the base of the mountain where there was a beautiful and awe-inspiring sunset.

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17-sunsethaystack2

We had to get up early to catch the bus to Hangzhou so we simply called it an early evening and slipped peacefully into our adventure sleep mode.

Posted by inchinahil 21:19 Archived in China Tagged hefei anhui_province buddhist_mountain mount_jiuhua Comments (0)

Courtyard Dream House Adventure (July 31 - August 1)

Taiyuan to Hefei, Anhui Province


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Hefei

Our plane was supposed to take off for Hefei at around 2030 (8:30pm). Unfortunately it got delayed and we ended up waiting for nearly five hours. Hey, if one has to wait, why not at an airport.

Waiting at leisure at Taiyuan Airport

Waiting at leisure at Taiyuan Airport

We are finally scheduled to leave

We are finally scheduled to leave

It was very early in the morning (0230) by the time we got to the Hanting Hotel in Hefei. We were both tired from the long day that we slept in. Got up and had a leisurely breakfast (the hotel supplied me with a KFC breakfast to go). The morning was late so we decided to check out the local tea market area to find some famous Anhui Province tea. I was especially interested in getting some Tai Ping Hou Kuei green tea. It was a nice visit to the tea market which was not busy at all.

Melon Pieces green tea

Melon Pieces green tea

There was definitely tea for sale here

There was definitely tea for sale here

I had read about what teas to buy while in Anhui Province. In Hefei, one would want to buy the Taiping Houkuei and the Lo An Guapian (Melon Pieces) green teas. And that is exactly what we were looking for. The Taiping Houkuei or monkey picked green tea comes from Taiping lake and is very unique in its shape and color. The Lo An Guapian comes from the Lo-an district outside Hefei.

The world famous Tai Ping Hou Kuei tea

The world famous Tai Ping Hou Kuei tea

Testing a good quality taiping houkuei

Testing a good quality taiping houkuei

Big variety of tea

Big variety of tea

Some huangshan maofeng green tea

Some huangshan maofeng green tea

Negotiating for our Taiping Houkuei tea

Negotiating for our Taiping Houkuei tea

It had been a long day previously so all we did the remainder of the day is walk around and do some shopping. I got a great collection of tea music cds and dvds at the local book and music store. We took an early dinner and went to bed early. Older folks are like that!

The next morning we were up early and walked behind the hotel for an Anhui Province breakfast. I had already had my KFC breakfast to go but Sunee was hungry.

Hefei Breakfast

Hefei Breakfast

During my research on Hefei and its attraction, I came upon a small article about a newly opened ancient town not far from Hefei. We decided it would be an adventure to visit it. It was called Sanhe 三和. It was supposed to be 2500 years old with a beautiful buildings and river. The bus took about a half hour to get to. It was not disappointing at all

Entrance to Sanhe ancient town

Entrance to Sanhe ancient town

Part of the town had a wall around it which looked to have been freshly renovated. Sort of like a fort with its own canon.

The deadly canon of Sanhe

The deadly canon of Sanhe

An unusual and old lantern

An unusual and old lantern

Some of the local cuisine. Glad I had that KFC breakfast because this food looked a little rough

Some of the local cuisine. Glad I had that KFC breakfast because this food looked a little rough

The local transportation

The local transportation

A walled courtyard style building

A walled courtyard style building

A very nice river view

A very nice river view

Along the river

Along the river

The Sanhe pagoda

The Sanhe pagoda

River portrait

River portrait

A small temple

A small temple

A diligent wood carver

A diligent wood carver

Sanhe street scene

Sanhe street scene

Fanmakers

Fanmakers

Very Chinese stand of weeping willows

Very Chinese stand of weeping willows

We spent most of the day in Sanhe and had a traditional Sanhe lunch. Actually, this is a joke as we asked for a typical local style lunch and ended up with some sliced tomatoes sprinkled with sugar. We still joke about the local Sanhe cuisine.

After getting back to Hefei a little late we decided to find a restaurant within walking distance from the hotel. Found a restaurant that served fast food style Chinese food. Nothing great but OK. We did not find anything exceptional about this province's cuisine. On the way back from the restaurant I came across this Rolls Royce. Took me a few minutes but then I realized it was sitting in front of a wedding studio. This is very common in the larger cities in China.

An end to another great adventure in China.

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17_Rolls

Posted by inchinahil 06:22 Archived in China Tagged shopping taiyuan hefei anhui_province Comments (0)

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