This past weekend the fiance and I took a weekend getaway to Wuxi, a small city about three hours outside Shanghai. (Note: small as in five million people. Because, you know, that’s so tiny. They should see small town America.) We went with some friends, and it was seriously beautiful. It was really nice to take some time and explore some of China I haven’t yet seen.
The first day we went, we visited the giant buddha at Lingshan, right outside the city. I love buddhas. I actually carry a little traveling buddha around with me in my purse that I got years ago in Amsterdam. Might be weird…but whatever, he’s cute, and chubby, and he’s carrying a knapsack. Anyway, this buddha is gigantic, hence the name. He would definitely not fit in my purse. To get up to him, you have to walk up over 200 steps (my workout for the day). You’re also supposed to rub his feet, for good luck. At least they don’t smell.
Part of what I love so much about visiting buddhas, temples and churches is seeing people worshiping and praying. I find it so awesome to think that people have been doing just that for centuries all around the world, and when you’re there, you feel like you’re part of something greater than yourself.
We also visited some other temples in the park, as well as seeing a show in one of the palaces, with dancing, chanting, and some sort of long story about the beginning of the world? I couldn’t quite understand above all the booming gongs. Either way, it was impressive.
The next day we went to Turtle’s Head Park, and I have to say, I think this was my favorite part. It was a gorgeous, summer-like day, and after walking around with some just-blooming cherry blossoms, we took a ferry over to Three Hills Isles, just a short distance away. I swear, this was almost the funniest part of the trip. People feed the seagulls off the back of the ferries here, and so they just swarm the boats. Coming from a city well known for its ferries, I’ve never seen anything like it. It was hilarious.
Once on the islands we hiked around, visited more buddhas, waterfalls, and I drank some delicious coconut milk. Amaze. I think this park would make for a really romantic getaway, especially when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. It really was a great trip, and I’m so glad we went. Next – Singapore!