Mt. Putuo–Day 1, The Beach

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Our best friends, instant noodles, were waiting for us at the bus station shop.

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Goodbye, Shanghai

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Going over the main artery, Huangpu River.

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Our new travel buddies, Bing (the penguin) and Bunbun (the bunny).

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Our bus had to pass by a very long bridge crossing over the ocean.

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At a port, where you see dozens of cranes busy lifting cargos.

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Our boat.

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VIP seating.

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The normal seating.

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Arrived on the Putuo Island.

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Arrival Hall.

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The port

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Our hotel was very tiny, we only found enough space right in between the shower and the door, but there was a sink…

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The hotel owner is a local that owned a lot of units in a normal residential building, he remodeled them and rented them out to tourists.

He gave us directions on where to visit in the island.

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Tired, hungry, and thirsty.

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The washer is free and right outside of our room, the dryer… looks like the TV could help out.

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Our hike up the mountain.

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Food from a nice-looking dessert shop.

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After about half an hour walk, we saw our first temple.

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It is behind a big pond with hundreds of lilies.

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Big stupas sat on either sides of the main temple.

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Walking pass the temple, we could see the Hundred Step Beach.

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Declined to frolic.

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A gazebo hanging over a corner of the cliff, overlooking the beach. It is where you would watch the sunrise.

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You could faintly see the giantic statue of Avalokitesvara (Guanyin) behind the mystic clouds.

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Go Longhorns.

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The Immortal Well.

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Walking into the moongate, you find a path winding down.

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At the very end, there was a pitch black room. You could only see the statues of the gods by lighting up your cell phone.

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In front of the gods, there was a well. Very damp room, lots of mosquitoes. z

Apparently the spring gushed out into the well is natural. The tale has it that a famous alchemist visted here to make his immortality pills.

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After the Immortal Well, we walked up a steep path.

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Do not fall off or it will be a trip of no return.

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There is that gazebo over the cliff above the beach.

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It’s called Sunrise-Watching Gazebo.

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You can also see the gigantic Avalokitesvara (Guanyin) towering above the mountain.

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