Music and Mountain Day – Chengdu Style
We started the day with a lesson on traditional Chinese instruments and discovered just how difficult they are to play! The CEFLS students played beautifully and then patiently helped us try to make some music. What we lacked in skill and tone we made up for in enthusiasm.
Late morning found us back on the bus heading to a reconstructed ancient village. Many of the areas around Chengdu were damaged in the 2008 earthquake and they are just now reopening many tourist sites. A wander around the village tasting some of the local cuisine was followed by lunch at a courtyard restaurant before we headed off to Qingcheng Shan. This holy Taoist mountain is home to may temples with the tallest at the very top. Most of us made it up the 1250 meters (just over 4000 feet) and enjoyed spectacular views and the satisfaction of a long climb on a very hot day. A group of five opted for a shady rest at the bottom after walking up to the first temple. The group missed Tim while he spent the day resting with his host family.