the back side of mount qingcheng

whereas the front side of the mountain is known for taoist temples, the back side of the mountain is known for hiking. there are 20 km of pathways up and across the backside of the mountain. scenes from tai an, the old town at the foot of the mountain: there wasn’t much sun on the day i went, but there was a lot of green. apiaries; lots of waterfalls; prayer flags there are food vendors along the paths to cater to the hikers (also selling toys to distract the kids from being dragged up the side of a mountain). one…

the front side of mount qingcheng

mount qingcheng is one of the most important centers of taoism in china. according to myth, it was where the yellow emperor, a legendary ancient chinese ruler studied with ning fengzi, an also legendary taoist teacher. there are temples all the way to the top, 1,260 meters above sea level. first, we have gates: the main gate to the park, the entrance to jianfu palace, and some temple gates. there was a lot of up to get to the good views. the sign next to the monkey reads “hey, kids, your parents keep saying ‘we’re almost at the top,’ but you’ve only…