— More from Wanshi Garden, Xiamen —
see previous installment
June 12, 2010 – I was so taken by the Wanshi
Botanical Garden that I returned the next day to engage in some brutal climbing
with rewarding views. (No pain, no gain... right?)
Huge boulders punctuated the trail as I headed
up Shi Mountain.
The trail was often paved with rough-hewn
Gentle risers were sometimes added to soften the incline.
The effect was still quite natural.
Coarse stone steps were embedded in the steeper
Carved inscriptions could be seen on the surface of many boulders.
Calligraphic works of art
An unexpected resting spot — with panoramic views
Stone benches around a stone table
Another resting spot on the trail
I loved the natural staining on the rocks...
I was intrigued by the deliberate placement of thin vertical
sticks beneath certain boulders,
left there (I think) by other hikers as they passed by.
Such treatment appeared again and again.
This was as high as I climbed.
Xiamen's skyline appears in the distance behind
the Wanshilian Temple complex.
Nearby I spotted a small Buddhist shrine nestled in a crevasse.
It contained incense and statuary.
Off we go, towards the temple.
A feral cat; it didn't stay long.
old weathered alter?
of the gates to the temple
Sculptures flanked the main arch.
Above the gate, looking down
Roof detail, with my husband peeking out behind the hedge below
A view from high above the gate
Now seen from the other side
Colorful rag mops, propped against the wall of an elaborate stone
stairway within the complex
This shallow cave is the site of the original temple; it has been in constant
use for centuries.
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