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A Perfect Circle

The weather was suprisingly good this morning so I skipped my initial plans and took the train to Mount Hua, one of the five mountains in China and infamous for its planked walk section. Got out, jumped into the next cab, got going and the driver tells me the mountain is closed because of the bad weather up there. Ummm …

So I asked him for other beautiful spots in the area and he recommended Xiyue Temple. It was the largest temple area I've been to so far and there were only about six other people visiting. So I made the best of it and enjoyed the intriguing surroundings. On my way back to the train station the sun came out a bit and it got breeding hot in an instant. Phew, that got me a small impression of what it must've been like in Xian last week when they had clear skies all day. 

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The rain didn't even come and I was relieved to finally get some more hours of sweet shunshine. Western Hills Park then turned out to be another huge scenic area, some even dare call it the greatest in Central Yunnan. As I've learned to respect my knees I opted for a bus/cable car combi-ticket. Best choice, even more so when it got really, really warm and the path was several kilometres long and at times very steep. I love me a good cable car ride and this one was the best of my journey so far. It was a old trusty, open, metal bench carriage and took a good 15 minutes through and over densely forested mountains while the whole city was in view half of the time. 2400m a.s.l. I jumped out and took the walk all the way down again. The whole ordeal was nothing short of spectacular. I came by many small pavillions, shrines enclosed in the rock face, an insane abundance of subtropical flora on a winding, narrow path – at times carved directly out of the cliff – leading to awe inspiring vistas connected by tiny grottoes. I don't even …

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Damnit, I had that smudge on my lens all day and didn't bother to check even once :F Great temple, nonetheless. And it's not often you're allowed to take photos of the painted clay statues of the immortals.

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