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Éméi Shan, Holy Mountain (Chengdu)

Likewise to the Moslems and the Christians there are certain tasks for Buddhists to do, on the way to enlightenment. It is hard to judge how long this tradition exists, but walking up the holy mountain of Emei Shan is such a cathartic move. This 3000 meter high rock is covered by clouds and a wild paradise for ugly monkeys and spiritual pilgrims. They take on the uncounted steep steps up to the peak.

Likewise to the Moslems and the Christians there are certain tasks for Buddhists to do, on the way to enlightenment. It is hard to judge how long this tradition exists, but walking up the holy mountain of Emei Shan is such a cathartic move. This 3000 meter high rock is covered by clouds and a wild paradise for ugly monkeys and spiritual pilgrims. They take on the uncounted steep steps up to the peak.

The second levels pilgrims even carry bast shoes, to make the experience even more borderline. I was hiking with two British girls and despite an awful weather and cold temperatures we were ambitious to take the whole distance. This is truly a challenge, hence the steps are very steep and after it rained, they are slippery and dangerous.

If it comes to nutrition the situation is bad as well. There are a few improvised restaurants on the way and they are charging quite the double or triple you are used to. If you are on a budget that hurts, but even more so hurts that the dishes are shit, they don’t taste well. But what can you do. So, let’s go on. There are little temples on the way and even there you can buy a tea for some yuan. The tea is not tasty either, I don’t know if it is the water or the herbs? But you cannot enjoy it. Ok, further up. We wanted to manage the thing in two days. No way! I got a really sore throat and we slept in a monastery. Oh, that was great in general. But my mood wasn’t so well these days as you might have recognized by now. We got in a cold room with broken windows, which is adventurous but in my health-situation it was just very bad. So I shouted at the lady in charge, because she just didn’t understood why I was complaining. She thought the room is perfect.

The shouting is not nice, but effective. Often people in charge don’t understand English and think you are a bit stupid because you don’t speak Chinese. And if you really have a problem you will have to raise your voice. And afterwards you can laugh again with them. We needed three days after all. The weather and monkeys throwing stones at us took some time. But on the way down you can take a taxi and this is about 2 hours ride. How peculiar, isn’t it? But it was the spiritual endeavor one was looking for and I am proud that I have made it.

Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Emei

written by wil6ka

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