Sunday, March 16, 2008

Xi Shan - Western Hills

Western Hills is a large range of mountains and parkland that is visible from all of Kunming and stretches almost the length of Dian Chi lake. From our living room, if we stick our heads out the window and look left, we have a nice view of the Hills! Included in the park are several temples (of course), famous tombs and Dragon Gate - a group of grottoes, sculptures, corridors and pavilions that were hacked from the cliff between 1781 and 1835 by Taoist monks. We spent the day at Dragon Gate with our friends Lew and Chris.

First, a 1.5 km charlift ride up the mountain:

Checking out the view from the top:

The view: Kunming from above

In one of the corridors demonstrating the Chinese salute:

The group basking in the warm sunshine:

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