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Silver Pagodas to De Tomb, 2017/3/25

In Brief: Thirty photos from our hike up to the peak of Silver Mountain and then over the hills to De Tomb.

Silver Pagodas to De Tomb, 2017/3/25

The Silver Pagodas.

After a late fall of snow closed the mountain roads to Shuitou Village, we had to change the plan for the hike.

The new plan was a combination of a few trails, making it the ‘Silver Pagodas Plus’ – half of the Silver Pagodas hike, plus the two big hills between the pagodas and the Ming Tombs area.

We found snow on the trail in shaded valleys, which was a strange sight to see with all the blossoms just starting to show on the trees.

The pagodas - Silver Pagodas to De Tomb, 2017/3/25

The pagodas.

The taller the pagoda, the more important the monk buried below - Silver Pagodas to De Tomb, 2017/3/25

The taller the pagoda, the more important the monk buried below.

The character on the incense burner reads ‘Buddha’ - Silver Pagodas to De Tomb, 2017/3/25

The character on the incense burner reads ‘Buddha’.

The view from the back - Silver Pagodas to De Tomb, 2017/3/25

The view from the back of the pagodas.

Prayer flags and pink blossoms - Silver Pagodas to De Tomb, 2017/3/25

Prayer flags and pink blossoms.

Prayer flags and the big bell - Silver Pagodas to De Tomb, 2017/3/25

Prayer flags and the big bell.

We’d later climb up to the peak - Silver Pagodas to De Tomb, 2017/3/25

We’d later climb up to the peak.

Looking down from the path up to the peak - Silver Pagodas to De Tomb, 2017/3/25

Looking down from the path up to the peak.

Snow in the valley behind the pagodas - Silver Pagodas to De Tomb, 2017/3/25

Snow in the valley behind the pagodas.

The snow was fairly deep - Silver Pagodas to De Tomb, 2017/3/25

The snow was fairly deep.

Pines and rocky outcrops - Silver Pagodas to De Tomb, 2017/3/25

Pines and rocky outcrops.

More snow - Silver Pagodas to De Tomb, 2017/3/25

More snow.

Clumps of snow in the pines - Silver Pagodas to De Tomb, 2017/3/25

Clumps of snow in the pines.

The ‘eye in the rock’ - Silver Pagodas to De Tomb, 2017/3/25

The ‘eye in the rock’.

We detoured into an old mountain quarry to find a sunny spot to sit for lunch - Silver Pagodas to De Tomb, 2017/3/25

We detoured into an old mountain quarry to find a sunny spot to sit for lunch.

Blossoms in the quarry - Silver Pagodas to De Tomb, 2017/3/25

Blossoms in the quarry.

The remains of the quarry - Silver Pagodas to De Tomb, 2017/3/25

The remains of the quarry.

A great spot for a lunch break - Silver Pagodas to De Tomb, 2017/3/25

A great spot for a lunch break.

Looking down from the quarry. The hike would cross the gap in the mountains in the background - Silver Pagodas to De Tomb, 2017/3/25

Looking down from the quarry. The hike would cross the gap in the mountains in the background.

Looking back from the gap in the mountains, with the previous peak seen all the way in the back - Silver Pagodas to De Tomb, 2017/3/25

Looking back from the gap in the mountains, with the previous peak seen all the way in the back.

Colours in the hills above Longevity Village - Silver Pagodas to De Tomb, 2017/3/25

Colours in the hills above Longevity Village.

Some of the blossoms - Silver Pagodas to De Tomb, 2017/3/25

Some of the blossoms.

A potential holiday home in the hills? - Silver Pagodas to De Tomb, 2017/3/25

A potential holiday home in the hills?

On the way to the last hill we spotted a pair of pretty birds - Silver Pagodas to De Tomb, 2017/3/25

On the way to the last hill we spotted a pair of pretty birds.

From the top of the last hill we could look down to De Tomb (left) and Yong Tomb (right) - Silver Pagodas to De Tomb, 2017/3/25

From the top of the last hill we could look down to De Tomb (left) and Yong Tomb (right).

Heading down the last hill - Silver Pagodas to De Tomb, 2017/3/25

Heading down the last hill.

Pink blossoms - Silver Pagodas to De Tomb, 2017/3/25

Pink blossoms.

We hiked out the gate - Silver Pagodas to De Tomb, 2017/3/25

We hiked out the gate.

And finished by De Tomb - Silver Pagodas to De Tomb, 2017/3/25

The hike finished by De Tomb.

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