Thursday, February 08, 2007
Last Day in Nanning
It's Friday afternoon here. We're so happy to be seeing so many interesting sights while here in Nanning. Yesterday we toured Qing Xiu Mountain. It was such a lovely area. The weather was a little cooler and humid with fog. At the top of the mountain we viewed a temple. It was so strange. There were several large statues. There were large carts with incense burning. Fruits and flowers decorated the altars in front of the statues. We saw one gentleman come in the open temple area, grab a fist full of incense sticks, and wave them 3 times in front of himself with a half bow.
Down a little farther, we stopped at a Thai pagoda. It had beautiful tiles and carvings. It symbolized the good relationship between China and Thailand. The vegetation was just amazing. It's such a neat tropical climate with unusual plants and trees, many of which have chinese characters carved into them.
The next stop was a huge 10 story pagoda. We climbed to the very top up a winding staircase. The kids counted 220 steps. What a workout, but the view was so worthwhile.
Today we spent more time at the park. It is so beautiful and we had many performances to see today. We have been spending a couple of hours each afternoon in the hotel room watching The Waltons dvds while Maimie naps. The kids just love them now, and the only English channel is National Geographic.