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Managed to do the five peak hike across Wutaishan (the name means “five peak mountain” in Chinese). Its a famous mountain in the north-east of Shanxi. The highest peak is the north peak – 3058 m – which is also the highest in northern China. There are many sacred mountains in China, and Wutaishan is one of the four buddhist sacred mountains (the other three begin Emei shan, Jiuhua shan and Putuo shan). There are also “the five great mountains” and “the four sacred mountains of taoism” plus some other famous mountains such as Laoshan not being included.
We didn’t visit the tourist area down in the valley, but there’s a lot of temples in the valley, probably a hundred different temples.

An little background history about the area (from an online source)

Monasteries and temples were established over 2,000 years ago as Buddhist scholars returned from India bringing with them sacred texts and a yearning to study and mediate in relatively peaceful surroundings.
Because of its relative inaccessibility, Wutai Shan didn’t suffer as badly as other Buddhist areas during the Cultural Revolution so it represents a true picture of ancient Chinese religious architecture. While originally established in the first century AD, most of the buildings date from the Tang Dynasty.

Posted: 11 Jun 2012

Visited Jueweishan again (see “Pagod norr om Taiyuan”) but continued to hike further this time, all the way over to the Fenhe river reservoir.

Posted: 04 Jun 2012

Bilder från Qingdao i april

Posted: 03 Jun 2012