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7,200 Steps To The Top of Taishan

Taishan was probably the first real mountain I’ve ever climbed. Next time, I’ll make sure I budget enough time to get back down before dark.


Legend says that if climb #Taishan, you live up to 100 years old! #China #Travel

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Taishan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the first mountain I ever climbed. The sky darkened and I was no where near the top. The faster I climbed, the more clothes I peeled off. I eventually made it to the top with my legs on fire to catch the last few glimpses of light. Looking down from the highest peak of the mountain, I thought to myself, “So this is what tall feels like.”

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Putuoshan, China: Buddhist Island on The East China Sea

Cab. Train. Boat. That’s what it takes to get from Shanghai to Putuoshan, one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains on an island in the East China Sea.


Giant bronze statue of Guan Yin on #Putuoshan, a Buddhist island on The East #China Sea.

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Putuoshan, one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains on an island in the East China Sea, is a place of enlightenment for the Bodhisattva Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. The island has an amazing seascape of oceans and beaches, which is a rarity in China. I discovered a door with an incredible view of the water but it’s hard to take in the view when there is no such thing as personal space in China. Your space is my space and everyone else’s space.

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The Missing Heads of The Longmen Grottoes

Longmen Grottoes is another city in China that suffered at the hands of the Japanese soldiers.


Hundreds of Buddhas & stone statutes carved by hand in The Longmen Grottoes. #Luoyang #China #travel

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The Longmen Grottoes is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located near Luoyang. It is populated from top to bottom in carvings, engravings and sculptures of Buddha and his disciples. In a single sentence on a board by the entrance gate to the Longmen Grottoes, it states that Japanese soldiers chopped off the heads of the stone statues of religious idols. These pieces are probably sitting in some museum in Japan right now.

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