Sunday, October 3, 2010
Silver Mountain Pagodas
A gloriously sunny day spent 60km north of Beijing to see some pagodas, picnic and hike a bit in the lee of Silver Mountain. It was a school trip for both parents and children. Nice idea. The pagodas, five of them, beautifully laid out, date back to 1145 when the area was a major centre of Buddhist practise. The front three have 13 tiers, the back two 7, always odd numbers. But the foundations are octagonal or hexagonal, always even numbers. Yin and yang. We walked almost to the top of the 'mountain', through fragrant pine forest and alongside a gushing stream. Great to get out of the city.