Saturday, May 17, 2008

Putuoshan - Day 3

On Sunday, we were out of clean clothes for the kids, so we tried to avoid the beach as much as possible! We walked through the "Purple Bamboo Forest" to yet another temple which is built on a jetty into the sea.

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Many temples like this one have some sort of an urn for collecting money.  LEFT: People throw money into the top RIGHT: Squeezing in to lay hands on the lucky dragon.
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Worshippers touching the urn for good luck.  I had to really be aggressive and elbow my way in towards the urn to get this shot as throngs of people vied for position to touch as much of the urn as possible.
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Past the urn, we walked further out on the jetty to explore.  Peter and Jack loved hanging out with Danny and exploring the cracks and crevices.
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The color of (at least this part) of the East China Sea is very brown.  I don't think (and HOPE it's not) pollution, perhaps it's silt, but it's not the blue we're accustomed to!
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Rebecca, saying goodbye to the sea she only just met, as this is our last day in Putuoshan.
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A decorative dragon figure, with worshippers in the background...
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Sophie and Sue enjoying the views.  Sophie loves being anywhere there are wide open spaces.  In China of course there are much less railings and other safety devices so we had to keep a close reign on her at this temple.

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"Ta Daa!"
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A far off view of another temple across the bay, which we visited on Friday.Putuoshan 342

LEFT: Lighting some incense in a firebox, and RIGHT:  The sky started to clear up and it got warm quickly!
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OK now the incense is lit, and time to make way closer to the temple door.
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What a gorgeous building!  These temples have a lot of money coming in, and everything is immaculate.
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LEFT:  Sophie, cheesing for the camera (actually, in China they say 'qieze' or 'eggplant' when they smile for the camera).  RIGHT:  A view across the front of the temple.
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Another immaculate passageway.  I waited a LONG time to get a picture of this without any people in it!  Sophie was so patient with me!
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LEFT: Carrying Sophie one-handed up the walk - GOSH she's getting heavy!  RIGHT:  Some woman thrust her baby into Danny's arms without a word and pointed her camera at him. He was happy to oblige.
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Danny, carrying Sophie, both having a great time as they walk down the street to our hotel to leave for the mainland.

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