Today's outing was to the popular recreation area near Fuzhou, called Gushan Mountain. The main part of the mountinous area is sprawling Buddhist monastery complex. We toured a large portion of the historic facility including many of the temple buildings and many of the trails through the hills. (For thouse familiar with the San Jose area, it was very similar to Castle Rock State Park above Saratoga; many steep hillsides with rock outcroppings everywhere.)
Seeing an active monestary was an interesting experience for both of us. It was amazing getting an close-up view of an idol-based religion in it's native environment. There were so many statues, shrines, etc. that our heads were spinning.
On the way back down the mountain, we stopped at the scenic overlook and tried to take pictures of the city below, but the smog was pretty thick. The long, winding drive also made us a bit carsick, but despite the downsides, it was still a fun day getting to see a more natural side of Fuzhou, and we have many memories that we will never forget.
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