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Tai Weekend

September 20, 2009 by admin

On Saturday, Ken and I decided to hire a guide to take us hiking in the mountains.  We went to the “East Mountains” just outside of Suzhou City, about a two hour drive from our house.  The mountains overlook a lake called Taihu Lake, (Tai meaning “bigger than big” and you know I’m going to be using THAT word a lot) and according to our guide Max, this is the third largest lake in China.  It was a pretty warm day and the first 45 minutes were uphill so Mama was sweating bigtime.  You start the hike through a small village which was really interesting to see except for the composting smells.  Combine that with the heat and humidity and a weaker soul would have passed out.  oh my.

Base of the village

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Here’s Ken and Bernie on the way up, passing an empty resort house. Our tour guide Max is at the right.

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We’re halfway up in this next pic and came up to a small temple.  Bernie was really hot so he went inside for a rest with a stranger.

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It’s hard to see because of the marine layer, but below is a cemetery.  Our guide explained that there are no cemeteries in Shanghai because of a lack of land so people have to be buried out further in the country.

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We made it!  At the top of this mountain there is a larger temple where a few monks live.

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If you look beyond my sandwich you can just the see the lake and a small island in the background.  We gave the tourguide a sandwich and he said he really loved our american sandwich, especially the cheese.  The chinese don’t eat cheese.   However, I do eat cheese, and that would explain my Taibutt.

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Rare Wild Chinese Mountain Goat  (I picked a good harness color for this country)

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