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Here are some chinese clichés, the lantern, the concave roofs, the roof-figurines, the red walls, etc. There is also a little bell hanging rom the roof. This picture is from one of the larger temples/monasteries in the central town in the holy mountain range wu tai shan (five plateau mountain).

The wu tai shan area is the largest lamaist pilgrimage site outside Tibet with around 50 temples and monasteries. Most of them located in the valley but also on each one of the five 3000 meter mountain tops that have given the area its name. And there are a few scattered on the mountainsides and the smaller peaks.

This is a place well worth a visit - ca 9 hours by train to Taiyuan from Beijing and then 6 hours by bus - accomodation is cheap 30-40 yuan for a bed in a double room, and the air is refreshingly clean. The weather was perfect when I was there - 20-25 degrees celsius and an almost cloudless blue sky. After a few weeks in Beijing, this is exactly what you need. Tourism makes the main village sort of busy, but just an hours walk or so is required to reach some of the more desolate temples where you can just sit and relax.

A technical note, this picture made me realize how much information there is even in really cheap 200 ASA slide film like this. Under the lantern there is a green ring, on the full size version you can see that there's some almost readable writing on it, I have posted a close-up as a workshop and maybe someone more literate in chinese can say what it reads.

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