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China Trip: Day 7 – Lingyin Temple (Part 2)

June 17, 2007

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Here is the landscaping we saw as we entered onto the official Temple grounds…

And an initial ornate sculpture:

The Lingyin Temple consists of five different halls: The Hall of the Heavenly Kings, The Grand Hall of the Great Sage, Yuayan Hall, The Hall of the Medicine Buddha, & the Hall of the 500 Arhats. We visited three of these. Although we couldn’t take pics inside the buildings, I have a few exterior shots I want to share & some comments on the experience:

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China Trip: Day 7 – Lingyin Temple Scenic Area (Part 1)

June 17, 2007

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After a wonderful lunch, we headed towards the Lingyin Temple Scenic Area.

The front gate had a beautiful textured gold sign

Once inside, we were greeted by a series of statues of important Buddhist prophets & historical figures:

These were followed by the amazing Feilai Feng, or commonly translated as “Flying Peak”. This limestone mountain has dozens of intricate Buddha carvings on its side, complete with dangling vines like something out of an Indiana Jones movie. It was absolutely breathtaking. I felt like I was on ancient hallowed ground. My pictures don’t do them justice…but here are a few that take you through the grounds…

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China Trip Observation – Soft drinks

June 17, 2007

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I always find it interesting to see the labels & names people have for soft drinks around the world. I’m currently a Sprite fan, myself, which is called something like “Shirpa” in Chinese. 🙂 Here’s what the bottle looks like:

Here are some other bottles as seen in a local grocery store:

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China Trip: Day 7 – The Tea Farm (Part 2)

June 17, 2007

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When we walked into the tea farm doors, we were greeted by this larger than life Chinese teapot…

To our left was a spokeswoman for the farm. She was standing next to a worker who was hand-drying tea leaves in a large metal bowl. We soon learned that this man had been drying tea for over 50 years! His fingers were numb to the heat of the metal as he tossed the leaves around & around, constantly keeping them in motion so they would not burn. Occasionally, he would reach towards the white stick of oil and melt a small bit into the bowl, all the while, continuing to move. The muscles & veins in his arms were amazing.

Next, we were ushered into a small room where our guide taught us more about why the Longjing (Dragon Well) green tea here is considered the top in the country (and some say, the world). […]

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China Trip: Day 7 – The Tea Farm (Part 1)

June 17, 2007

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After visiting West Lake, we headed towards a local tea farm. This area of the country actually produces the #1-ranked green tea in the entire nation, Longjing (Dragon Well) Tea. As we drove through the countryside, you could see workers hand-picking the best leaves & working the land. The April/May time frame is actually the best time of the year to purchase fresh green tea from this region. Here are just a few pics taken from the bus of the tea fields. There is some reflection off of the window glass…but this gives you the general idea.

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