The Second International Conference on the I-Ching

Dawn at Alishan

We were all up early in the morning, amid many complaints about the cold (come to Edinburgh, and you'll know cold), and after a short walk and a train journey, we arrived at the top of the mountain, at 2500 metres, to wait for the sun...

A Walk in the Forest

After dawn on the mountain, it was back down to the hotel for breakfast, and then a walk through the forest park, by some amazing trees, including some reckoned to be over 2000 years old, and some a lot younger. The forest park covers 1400 hectares...

            

...and hides a number of delightful surprises.  Coming upon Elder Sister Pond, so still - two sisters who both loved the same man drowned themselves, each in their own pond, rather than break the others heart...

...and then a beautifully laid, paved path winding down through the trees...

Tse Yun Temple

...and there, Tse Yun Temple, I'd been filled with such expectations of a typically fabulous building with such wonderful carved and painted exterior details - dragons and gods and sages and children...

Wow! The attention to detail in these temples is fantastic. I took loads of photos, these are just a few. The cast iron incense burner at the front of the temple with its dragons and bats, filled the air outside with a rich fragrance, leading you down to the basket ball pitch that the temple stands before.

          

Inside, a second burner added to the heavy smoke, making auto focus difficult for my poor little camera!

I could have spent all day in the forest, but all too soon, it was time to move on...