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Lu Shan: Day 2

About 100 year ago, Lushan was a world renowned resort. Here’s the history in short: A foreign guy manages to buy a bunch of land on top of the mountain and then sub-leases/sells subdivisions to various foreign organizations and governments in order for them to build summer villas. Thus when you start walking through the old town of Kuling, everything has a very European feel too it, from the architecture to the landscaping. And it was built to last. A century old, these buildings from the outside still look as good as new. You’ll find various sized villas, old schools, several churches, the old library, etc… really pretty cool!

And that’s just the point.

Because in the summer time the Yangtze river valley and indeed much of southern China is sweltering in heat and humidity. Once you get halfway up Lushan, the heat and humidity disappears and it feel like a nice spring day in Switzerland. Thus, the popularity of this mountain resort.

Seriously, it’s so nice up there that I myself have contemplated whether I should take a job teaching English in one of the schools. And live in…

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Well, certainly not this villa. This is Chiang Kai-sek’s Villa, MeiLu. It is a little large… certainly, too much to clean and heat.

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Schäfer enjoyed finding all sorts of critters. He didn’t care a lick for the architecture.

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This pagoda is found on one of the many trails you can take on top of the mountain.

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These are wishes written on red scraps of paper. Those tossed higher in the tree means you have a better chance of them being fulfilled.

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The great white hunter is plotting his way across the well trailed mountain. Even the trails have remained over the century! You’ll be wandering through the forest and run across a stone-paved trail leading through the woods.

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The is the Dragonhead precipice. There is a sign nearby that said devout buddhists would throw themselves off of it. Not sure if it is true, but tragic if it is.

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It’s a long drop.

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Lushan peaks.

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Hello Family Kleinert!

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Don’t miss a step.

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Schäfer was a real trooper!

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Purse, Camelbak, and toddler in tow. That’s my wife!

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Schäfer found a fishing pole!

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And several rocks…

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…that he just had to take with us.

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At some point we found ourselves halfway down the mountain…but thankfully there was a gondola to take us up…for a fee of course.

At this point, Sandra and the kids took the bus back to town. Shorel and our guests stayed on Lushan for a couple of more days exploring the mountain and enjoying the cooler temperatures.

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