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Our Return To Wutai Mountain

We spend two nights on the mountain.

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11 April 2012

We got up early and checked out of the hotel by 0700 and took our pre-arranged cars to the airport at 0730. We left Xian airport at around 1100, arriving to the Taiyuan airport at around noon. Before we even got out of the airport we were accosted by tour touts who told us that there were no buses going from Taiyuan to Wutai Mountain and we should take them up on their offer. We heard exactly the same thing outside from the many touts hanging around. Paying no attention, we boarded the city bus for the trip to downtown (15 Yuan) where we finally got some taxis to the bus station. We caught the NO BUS TO WUTAI SHAN at 1350 for the three or four hour to to the sacred mountain. At least four different tour guides at the airport informed us that there were no buses and all the taxis told us the same, yet here we were riding on a bus to Wutai Mountain. It simply cannot get any worse/better than this in China!

It was a bit strange on the way to Wutai as the driver asked for 6 Yuan extra from the passengers so he could take the new expressway to the Mountain. Instead of four hours, we could make it in two hours. Not enough passengers were interested so we traveled the four hour way.

We arrived to the entrance of Wutai Mountain at around 1800 and to our hotel about thirty minutes later, paying 100 Yuan for two nights. It was late so we found a place to have dinner and turned in for the night. It was raining as we shut off the lights.

12 April 2012

Got up early this morning (0700) and had a leisure, very Chinese breakfast. We caught the bus to Taihua Temple and spent all day visiting the various temples in the area. We then went back to our hotel and had a shower and relaxed. At around 1700 we got a taxi to go to the Ming Ye temple, Guanyin Cave Temple and the Loong Quan Temple. We then returned to the area of the hotel and walked around for a while and had jaodz for dinner and then visited some small temples before calling it an evening at around 2100. We were both very tired and had no trouble sleeping in our comfortable hotel. The photographs speak for themselves.

A view near Taihua Temple, the main Wutai Mountain temple

A view near Taihua Temple, the main Wutai Mountain temple

Busy day today at all the temples

Busy day today at all the temples

Giant brass bell at Taihua Temple

Giant brass bell at Taihua Temple

Prayers for the camera

Prayers for the camera

An HDR composition

An HDR composition

Tibetan visitors

Tibetan visitors

Small Chinese gazebo on the mountain side

Small Chinese gazebo on the mountain side

Taihua Temple Entrance

Taihua Temple Entrance

Small building sat up above the other temples

Small building sat up above the other temples

The world famous stupa of Taihua Temple

The world famous stupa of Taihua Temple

Tibetan tourists photo ops

Tibetan tourists photo ops

An old but interesting door-locked

An old but interesting door-locked

A friendly ticket taking monk

A friendly ticket taking monk

Only in case of fire

Only in case of fire

Portico of Chinese lanterns

Portico of Chinese lanterns

Golden face image next to the giant prayer wheels

Golden face image next to the giant prayer wheels

Lots and lots of monks

Lots and lots of monks

High hanging Buddha image

High hanging Buddha image

Praying Tibetans

Praying Tibetans

A dangerous kungfu Nun?

A dangerous kungfu Nun?

More high hanging Buddha images

More high hanging Buddha images

Break time

Break time

Our group of tourists

Our group of tourists

An old guardian

An old guardian

The large Taihua Temple complex from the back

The large Taihua Temple complex from the back

View of the snow on the northern mountain

View of the snow on the northern mountain

Impressive small red temple

Impressive small red temple

Our quick lunch - egg roti

Our quick lunch - egg roti

Huge green bell to the east of Taihua Temple

Huge green bell to the east of Taihua Temple

A new temple entrance

A new temple entrance

Small temple among the hills and mountains of Wutaishan

Small temple among the hills and mountains of Wutaishan

A closer look at the small tempe

A closer look at the small tempe

Great view with the snow on the mountains

Great view with the snow on the mountains

Nice view of the white pagoda north of Taihua Temple

Nice view of the white pagoda north of Taihua Temple

A commercial enterprise, maybe

A commercial enterprise, maybe

Fantastic view of temple complex in the valley

Fantastic view of temple complex in the valley

White pagoda complex

White pagoda complex

Guardian General

Guardian General

Fairly new stone carving

Fairly new stone carving

On a small cliff sits another temple

On a small cliff sits another temple

Temple roofing tiles

Temple roofing tiles

Dressed for the cold

Dressed for the cold

A unique door knocker

A unique door knocker

Monk crematorium

Monk crematorium

A more distant view

A more distant view

A monk's rucksack

A monk's rucksack

Waiting for the free bus to another temple

Waiting for the free bus to another temple

An ornate small temple near the Taihua Complex

An ornate small temple near the Taihua Complex

A local laborer

A local laborer

Commercial enterprises in China mean bargaining

Commercial enterprises in China mean bargaining

Enter yet another compound

Enter yet another compound

Tibetan tourists seeking photos

Tibetan tourists seeking photos

The Goldman, a nice place for a break

The Goldman, a nice place for a break

A look down on the Taihua Complex

A look down on the Taihua Complex

Close up of Mr. Goldman

Close up of Mr. Goldman

Too much time on my hands - photoshopping

Too much time on my hands - photoshopping

A closer look at the green bell

A closer look at the green bell

Shopping anyone?

Shopping anyone?

A porcelain Buddha from - can't remember!

A porcelain Buddha from - can't remember!

An older image fronting some paintings

An older image fronting some paintings

Buddhist wall paintings

Buddhist wall paintings

The long corridor of a temple complex

The long corridor of a temple complex

A local monk

A local monk

Newly found friends

Newly found friends

Incense burner with a view

Incense burner with a view

Outside temple complex wall

Outside temple complex wall

Blessings from a Tibetan monk

Blessings from a Tibetan monk

This temple is not ready for visitors

This temple is not ready for visitors

A finished visit

A finished visit

An opened door

An opened door

Guan Yin Cave Temple

Guan Yin Cave Temple

A good luck sign

A good luck sign

Ancient temple well

Ancient temple well

Fortune telling well

Fortune telling well

Inside the well

Inside the well

A portrait

A portrait

Another portrait

Another portrait

With the local monks

With the local monks

A temple on a distant hill

A temple on a distant hill

Fat bBuddha

Fat bBuddha

Another view of Taihua

Another view of Taihua

The mountains to the west or was that east

The mountains to the west or was that east

Dragon porcelain

Dragon porcelain

A brand new temple recently completed

A brand new temple recently completed

The following photos are of this newly opened temple complex.

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Back to the Taihua Complex one last time. More temples in the area.

Another view of Taihua

Another view of Taihua

Another view of the crematorium

Another view of the crematorium

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The Guanyin Cave Complex

The Guanyin Cave Complex

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Posted by inchinahil 20:09 Archived in China Tagged china shanxi_province buddhist_monasteries wutai_mountain

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