上海 Blog #18
Sunday June 7th, 2015
Local Time: 21:37 Shanghai Time
After spending the night in our relatively fancy hotel in Maoshan, our alarms went off at the unholy hour of 6:30 this morning. Continental breakfast featured hot orange juice, sweet rice cakes, steamed veggies, buns and delicious bacon.
Originally, we were to have the choice of hiking 30 minutes up to the mountain top Daoist monastery or busing there. Unfortunately, due to weather concerns that may have prompted snakes and bugs on the trails, we were all force to drive up instead. Lame.
The monastery itself was beautifully nestled into the mountain’s peak. Our stay there was complete with tea time, a vegetarian lunch, nature viewing, Tai Qi, Meditation, Daoist rituals, traditional music, lectures and perhaps the strangest of all, complimentary acupuncture (in which I did not volunteer to participate).
To be quite honest, what I found to be the most notable element of the experience was sneaking away from the group to simply listen to the quiet music the nuns were playing through the surround sound speakers (these Daoists were high tech) while viewing the natural scenery below and feeling the mountainous wind on my skin. Not every experience abroad should be shared with others and I’m discovering it’s important to maintain alone time even in another country. China’s value does not solely lie in its architecture and people, but also in its natural beauty.
Shout out to my little bro who turns fifteen today! Sorry I’m in China on your birthday.