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This is our little party heading up the mountain. The front row from left to right is Ye ye, Mattie, Nai nai, Han yan. The back row is one of Han yan's students whose name I can't recall and Marit. The water fall behind them is a manmade facade.


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As with most mountains in China, this one has religious significance to many, in this case Buddhists. There are several shrines and temples on the mountain. This one is down on the lower portion of the mountain. The two monks in front of it were from Tibet and on a pilgrimage to the mountain.


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Emei Shan is a mountiain with a long history and amazing beauty. This gate is about 1/3 of the way up the mountain and we got there via bus. You can spend a month or so hiking around the mountain to see everything. We didn't have time for that so we took the lazy route to this point and then walked the 4 km to the macaque habitat and back. We saw much but missed so much more.


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Bamboo is just one of the things that says "China" to me.


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This is a view down one of the many valleys on the mountain.


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This pond is just one of many on the mountain. It is manmade like most of the others. The water supplies those further down the mountain via gravity.


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This is another little water impoundment a little further up the mountain.


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Not all dams have to be ugly.


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There are two streams that merge beneath the pavilion and each is spanned by an arch bridge.


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Just above the twin bridges there is another temple and like just about all of them, this one had an incense burner out front.


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I'm not sure what the story is behind this carving but that doesn't make it any less impressive. It sits adjacent to a very beautiful natural waterfall.


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We took our shoes off and waded around in this beautiful mountain stream for a short while.


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As you follow the stream up the mountain you are on a walkway that cantilevers out over the stream from the face of the rock walls. This bridge connects the walks on opposite sides of the stream.


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The same stream further up the mountain. The walk is limited to just one side of the stream at this point.


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Wynter had a face to face encounter with this young macaque. About two seconds after this photo was taken it jumped on to Wynter's shoulder for a second and then to the other railing.


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Ye ye carried Mattie around for the better part of our three days in Leshan. Both seemed to enjoy it and any time I was carrying her it didn't take long for Ye ye to ask me if I was tired yet.


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Mattie was a tired little girl at the end of the day.


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Marit was pretty tired too and Wynter backpacked her for awhile.


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This would not be China if someone wasn't around to sell you something. I think they did it right here in that all the folks selling things were confined to stalls in these pavilions and you could easily avoid them by walking on the opposite side of the walkway.


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There were endless views on the mountain and this album could be 100 photos long and you would still not get to see more than just a small portion of the mountain we saw. It is truly an amazing place that I hope we can visit again someday.