In #microexploration manner, seeking to look closer and learn more, I returned to the Baoning Si Chan Buddhist temple this summer.
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I’m back in China. This being the third time I’ve come to live and work here, it feels like a homecoming – and living in China still comes with its own challenges.
Your mileage may vary, of course, but I think I can point to some usual issues. And provide my perspective, of course.
My plan in going to Hong Kong had been to seek out the route, more or less along Maclehose Trail, that the Fjällräven Classic’s expansion to Hong Kong will take.
I couldn’t even find out the exact route, though. So, I had already planned to only go on a part of Maclehose Trail, and to detour onto the Lion Rock trail.
Now, there was just one more day left until our flight back to Austria. Forecast for that day: Clearing skies.
Hong Kong is a pleasure, but also a pain.
The urban mass of humanity, the heat and humidity make it not exactly comfortable.
The mixture of East and West, the extremely urbanized city in proximity to nature make it fascinating to see.
Tourism is a booming industry, but in terms of the #GetAtHome intention of making oneself really at home in this world, it is a very odd one:
Tourist trips, rushing to see everything, can only ever scratch the surface.
Staying at home tends to breed only boredom and not deeper engagement, though.
In between, there lies the idea of going somewhere to live there like, or at least see it like, a local.
What is China like for a Chinese, nowadays, on vacation but not entirely?
It’s not as if Austria, Europe… everywhere… didn’t have their peculiar parts of nature that sometimes, suddenly, end up spots to see.
Hidden valleys, small waterfalls, forest outlooks, that sort of thing.
And yet, what makes something special enough to not just be there, but be something?
China makes that question particularly noteworthy.
The last thing to expect in Hunan countryside is a Japan connection, yet there it was…
In the eastern part of the Jiuxian Lake Scenic Area in You County, Hunan, just about as deep into the Chinese countryside as you can get without traveling back in time, there are two Buddhist temples.
Climbing Everest would still get you points, ridiculous though it has become (with guides and porters who basically carry not just the gear but even some “climbers” up that veritable Disneyland of a mountain).
But climbing the highest mountain, which isn’t very high, of a rural Chinese county, which is neither big nor home to anything that would give it any claim to fame?
It doesn’t seem very much worth it, in the big picture.