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Hiking photos - Miaofengshan to Dajuesi, 2011/04/24

We started this walk by hiking up a hillside and on to a ridgeline, which provided us with great views of all of the surrounding valleys. Many of the trees were in bloom here, which made this a pretty hike. From the ridgeline we continued to follow a path along the hillside, heading for the plateau on the ridgeline above Dajue Temple and Vulture Rock. Along the way we had scenic views of many of the peaks in the vicinity of Miaofengshan.

We stopped for a lunch break on the plateau, and then continued over to a lookout point high above Vulture Rock. From there we savored the views before starting a long decent into a quiet forest. The forest eventually led us down into a valley and to the temple, which we visited after taking some time for snacks and a short rest.

Dajuesi is a Buddhist Temple, and sightseeing here gave us the chance to learn about Buddhist beliefs and symbolism while observing the statues and artwork. There were quite a few subtemples to visit in the complex and we made sure to get a good look at all of them before heading back to the city.

Enjoying the scenery, Beijing Hikers Maofengshan to Dajuesi, April 24, 2011

Enjoying the scenery from the top of the first hill.

 Flowers, Beijing Hikers Maofengshan to Dajuesi, April 24, 2011

Blooming flowers.

A hiker, Beijing Hikers Maofengshan to Dajuesi, April 24, 2011

A hiker contemplating the views at a fork in the path.

We took a break, Beijing Hikers Maofengshan to Dajuesi, April 24, 2011

We took a break for snacks near the top of a hillside.

A local dog , Beijing Hikers Maofengshan to Dajuesi, April 24, 2011

A local dog appeared at lunchtime to make friends (and beg for snacks).

, Beijing Hikers Maofengshan to Dajuesi, April 24, 2011

The best views are from the top of the rock!

Spring , Beijing Hikers Maofengshan to Dajuesi, April 24, 2011

Spring had finally come to the area!

The contrast between the pink of the flowers, Beijing Hikers Maofengshan to Dajuesi, April 24, 2011

The contrast between the pink of the flowers in bloom and different shades of green foliage in the background was striking.

The forest, Beijing Hikers Maofengshan to Dajuesi, April 24, 2011

The forest was peaceful and everyone enjoyed the pleasant stroll through it.

What a nice family , Beijing Hikers Maofengshan to Dajuesi, April 24, 2011

The hike was on the same day as Easter, and we met some Easter Bunnies on the way.

Snacks and beverages were provided, Beijing Hikers Maofengshan to Dajuesi, April 24, 2011

Snacks and beverages were provided after the hike before we visited Dajue Temple.

A break after the hike, Beijing Hikers Maofengshan to Dajuesi, April 24, 2011

The Easter Bunny Gang!

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