Simply love to discover this things.At this special case it was a small Buddha figure which I have never seen before at this ,,design``It show Buddha in his early years I was told.I think it was not allowed to take a foto but I couldn`t resist.The guardian monk was asleep and I took the oportunity.more
From far you can see the pagoda on top of the mountain.The amazing color of the rocks(reddish brown)It is a holy place for Buddhism and Taoism.But it is no problem to climb up the mountain and visit the Monk Jigong temple and all the caves.Very famous is the Taoist 6th cave.Very interesting place,beautiful view from the top.On top you can visit,see...more
The temple is one of the oldest temples in China.Originally built in 598AD.From here the Tiantai sect of Buddhism spread to Korea and Japan.This temple is for them what Mecca is for the Islam.I have been at least one day a week visiting the temple.(I have been almost 5months in Tiantai)And almost everytime I found new details.It is a charming,magic...more
Plum Blossom is so unique because it always blossom in the early spring when the weather is still cold and other flowers are so weak to blossom. Therefore, Plum blossom is granted to the person with the morality of being noble - with no fear to coldness, with no fear to difficulty. Apparently, I didn't come at the right time to observe its...more
It's one of the temple located in the scenery area of Tiantai Mountain. With a history more than 1500 years(Back to Sui Dynasty), from this place, it established one of the earliest faction of Chinese buddism. There is no reason for not visiting this place.One of the difference of this temple starting from the gate. Most of gates of temples open...more
Unfortunately I lost these fotos too...I would not call this place a restaurant:-)))A kitchen next to the main road.They prepared noodles by them self,means you order a noodlesoup and than you can watch the cook how he makes noodles.Very cheap and very,very good food.Fresh as can be.
Favorite Dish: any soup.
I used to walk a lot around and in Tiantai.But in general it is very easy and cheap to take a taxi.Only difficulty is sometimes the language problem...Collect namecards from different places you have been,especially from your hotel!
the friendlyness of the people,very good sortiment of tea and porcellan.And ,last but not least,the price for the goods.
What to buy: tea and teasets,paintings,woodcrafts.
What to pay: far less than in Europe:-)))
My friend brought me to this very nice teahouse. They not only sell the tea, but also display the tea artwork.
There was no other guests in the shop, so we are very well-treated. This lady, the hostess of tea artwork served us the whole course of drinking tea.
I never found out the name of this village.But it was very peaceful there and for sure there have not been so many foreigners there.Nice hike to go up there and very good view over the city.Unfortunately I lost a lot of fotos from this peaceful place...At the top of the mountain there is the lovely temple and behind this temple leads a small...more
Many people visit Guoqing temple.But there are 2 more very interesting and beautiful temples.There is a street and a walkway behind Guoqing temple which leads up the mountain.I used to hike up (besides,great canyon and interesting spots)and discovered on top of the mountain a very lovely village and a lovely small temple .I spoke with the monks...more
While teaching at the Tiantai experimental primary school in the summer of 2005, I was taken to The Fairy Valley, so called because of it's extream beauty. It begins with a slow accent and climbs to great heights. All the way along you will walk on a stone walk way passing many waterfalls. I find myself at a loss for words . Ask the locals how to...more
It is of course no secret that China has fabolous tea.There are many teahouses,teashops in Tiantai.I wanted to buy tea and went into a shop.Not knowing that even if you buy nothing you get invited to sit down and enjoy several samples of teas.Plus I got a ,,training`` how to prepare chinese tea.I spent 2very nice hours in this teahouse,enjoyed very,very good tea and experienced hospitality.Of course I bought tea and a tea set.
Fondest memory: Guoqing temple,the nature,the architecture,chinese lifestyle and chinese food.