Photo Print | Praying Monk on a High

A Chinese monk praying at the Cliff of Self Sacrifice at Mt Emei
A Chinese monk praying at the Cliff of Self Sacrifice at Mt Emei

Where you are is who you are. The further inside you the place moves, the more your identity is intertwined with it. Never casual, the choice of place is the choice of something you crave.

– Frances Mayes

“Praying Monk on a High” is available on different print options (Starting from 4×6) available at SmugMug WHCC Prints.

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China: Emeishan Summit Views

Clouds Rising at Wanfoding Summit

Clouds Rising at Wanfoding Summit

The word Emeishan literally means “Delicate Eyebrow Mountain” describing the quality of its two peaks at the summit. Continuing from where we left, alighting at the Cable Car Station, it is still a few minutes hike at the altitude of around 3000+meters above sea level. At that height, even with the sun already high up in the sky beating down on us, the temperature was still cold, but still bearable enough without a gloves if have high tolerance for the cold.

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China: Climbing Emeishan 峨嵋山

Foggy trail at Emeishan

Foggy trail at Emeishan

Emeishan (Mt Emei, Mt O-mei or Emei Shan 峨嵋山 ) is one of the Four Sacred Mountains of Buddhism in China. Located in Sichuan Province, South West of China, it shares its UNESCO World Heritage Site designation with Leshan’s Giant Buddha. Standing at 3,099m above sea level, it boasts of breath taking views, mysterious natural wonders and historical Buddhist Sites which makes it one of China’s popular tourist destination. And this morning we start our ascent to this sacred mountain.

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China: Emeishan City and Eats

Szechuan Shredded Chicken

Szechuan Shredded Chicken

The drive from Leshan Giant Buddha Park to Emeishan City took at least an hour. I didn’t notice much since I was half asleep during the ride and didn’t see much of the way. I noticed that gasoline prices here are very cheap that’s why most transpo here are cheap as well. They said that the government dictates the prices of their commodity that is why as I remember. When I came to, we were entering a small street with eatery at the side. I was told that we were gonna check out this recommended hotel by our van. So we did out of courtesy.

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Unexpected China Detour

The long and winding road at Mt Tianmanshan

The long and winding road at Tianmenshan

I can’t believe I’m home. I’m just stunned and thinking that in those 11 days I was in Mainland China I can’t believe I’ve been through all those places I’ve been. It’s like a whirlwind of an adventure in the heart of China that’s truly raw. The feeling of travel just really hits you and you want more. It’s a bit tiring but really fulfilling journey. Again, a backpacking adventure that’s really gonna be remembered for a long long time.

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