Over…National Day? Yea I think it was National Day…we went to 九华山 Jiuhuashan, which is one of the most famous Buddhist mountains in China. It was a omgoodness fast trip but totally worth it!
Day one we woke up early from Shanghai and rode some 6 or 7 hours to the mountain…which admittadly wasn’t the most fun ever, but the ride started in the best and worst way possible. First, we got on the bus and realized that two other people had the same seat booked as we did and nearly had a heart attack until we found out they had mislabled them and there still were two open seats. Second, Bella got talking to the girl she was sitting next to and found out that she was one of three women heading to the mountain to study at their Buddhist master’s temple and offered us accomodation on the mountain for the night!
So the trip started in the kind spirit of Buddhism and after walking around the so so so awesome little town nestled away halfway up the mountain (seriously can I please live in a mountain town?) we went to sleep at the monastary.
Woke up at the crack of dawn both to catch breakfast at the monastary’s canteen (for anyone interested in staying in a monastary, make sure and eat every grain of rice in your bowl!) as well as to thank the women’s master and get a start on the holiday crowds.
It’s been a few weeks now but I think the hike was maybe 4 hours? Not super strenuous but we took the cable cars down because we wanted to make sure we caught the last bus back to Shanghai that afternoon.
I don’t think I’ve ever been dissapointed in a mountain ‘cause I just seriously can’t get over mountains ever. Also, we went to this mountain instead of Huangshan (the more famous travel mountain in the area) because Bella and Ashley have already been there and I’m going at the end of the year. So I can’t compare it to Huangshan yet…but I can compare it to 峨眉山 Emeishan and 泰山 Taishan:
Emei was definitely the best of the three overall…not only did it have the cool element of climbing it in the snow, but the view at the top was just unparalleled.
Taishan was my favorite “experience” I’ve had with a mountain just because we did the climb at night…so that was awesome regardless of the top (which also was pretty stunning, albeit slightly less so than Emei).
Jiuhuashan had the bonus of being the most spiritual and friendly…also the mountain village was just too too cool…but the top was, perhaps, the least resplendant.