Well big question..what else is there to do in Tai’an, besides climbing Tai’shan?
Do be honest not much…
I actually enjoyed the time to do nothing for a change, but write and take some courses I really wanted to take (thumbs up for open university).
While sitting in my crappy Hostel I organized my first Kung Fu School visit and where to go from here. Which trains to take and which Hostel to go to.
My bed is hard, there are things in the wall that sound an awfully lot like mice and the way to the bathroom is unlit and creepy as fuck. Ohh and they serve the world worst coffee, EVER.
But still I feel so relaxed and in peace right now. The Journey started, no turning back and I finally get new stuff to write about.
Because there is actually one thing you can do besides climbing Tai’Shan.
You can visit Dai Temple.
By which I mean you really should visit the Dai Temple.
Entry: 30Rmb, 15Rmb for students.
Hear me out. I know what you are thinking. “Not another temple, they are all the same”.
Well maybe not. While there is definitely a temple, with lots of Gods I have
no clue what they are for, there is also a great Bonsai Garden, many statues and different scenic areas. Some from which you can overlook the city a bit. Some where you just stare at loads of fish swimming in a cute ponds.
Big open areas, lots of huge old trees and the best part of the whole area is that you can climb and walk on that freaking wall surrounding the whole temple.
Ok maybe I just loved it so much because I was nearly alone.
(Travel in China during Wintertime is amazing, instead of the usual crowds there are just a few other crazy people traveling…nice experience for a change)
After a strange encounter with a Chinese Man, who threw the couple of English words at me he know, telling me welcome to China and that I am pretty(gosh sometimes China is amazing for once ego), I walked away a bit faster and left
the city temple (which is free to enter and before the Dai Temple). He just seemed a bit weird. Maybe I am judging to fast.
I got my ticket went into the Dai Temple and was first skeptical. They were doing loads of repairs and I was worried about how much I would have of reconstructions inside. But that fear was absolutely unnecessary.
I was kinda blown away. It felt like I was walking into history. I could imagine myself walking these courts 1000 of years ago.
These moments make travel worthwhile.
I literally had the urge to just run and jump around at the temple.
By the way don’t miss the absolute gem which is the Prayer Hall.
You will have to put plastic bags on your shoes and when you enter there you are standing in front of original paintings. Usually everything gets over renovated in China. So I was super happy that they left this gem in its original state.
Well but instead of telling you all of this I want to show you. Sadly my video cutting program is not working, which means I have to use the editor from YouTube. Usually no problem, but right now I need a VPN to do so.
So bear with me I am working on it and the Video will come soon =) But here are some more pictures =D
Have a lovely Day ^^