Trip Start Apr 17, 2010
80Trip End Jul 02, 2010
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The first temple, Dongye Miao, is primarily a Daoist temple. Founded in 1322, the temple is dedicated to the god Dong Yue, who resides in the sacred mountain of Tai Shan. Dong Yue supervises the 72 halls that ring the main courtyard of the temple. Worshipers present themselves at the hall, which represent different concerns, with offerings of money, incense, and red tokens inscribed with their names.
The second temple, Lama Temple, is a Buddhist temple. There were many people there, burning incense and praying
The last temple, The Temple of Confucius, honors the famous teacher, Confucius. His moral teachings were important to the emperors over the years. His sayings are still valued today. It was recently renovated.
We had lunch in a home in the Hutong (from the Mongolian word for "well") District, made up of winding narrow alley streets of shops and homes. The gracious Liu family offered us a delicious meal, the best we've had! Mr. Liu is part of four generations of Kung Fu masters. He is very proud of his son, who teaches at a gymnastics academy in Houston! We took pictures and promised to send them to his son.
Our hutong guide, Michael (he is a big fan of Michael Jackson and President Obama), led us quickly to the Drum and Bell Towers nearby. More steep steps faced us (69 steps at a 60-70 degree angle). The drum-beating ceremony had begun, so we climbed the Drum Tower as fast as we could to the top (less than a minute) and saw the last part of the drumming
Once we got back down, Michael led us to a bicycle-driven rickshaw, and we took a ride through the hutong district. It was amazing how bicycles, cars and trucks, and pedestrians were able to safely share the narrow (7-10 meters) alleys.
We had the remainder of the day for ourselves to rest and begin packing for our flight Friday to Yibin and finally, to our sister school city of Nanxi.