The other day trip from Zhengzhou was one of the highlights of our trip. We hired a guide, Timothy Zhao, because this hike was not one that was well-documented in my pre-trip research, but I had seen just enough of it to know that this was a landscape we had to explore!! We hiked the Sanhuangzhai section of Song Shan Mountain, one of the five sacred Chinese mountains. First, we went to Shaolin Temple, where kung fu originated, and took a new Swiss cable car up to the start of the trail. A hot bowl of noodles, a warm beer, and we were off!!
Tom was mobbed on this trail. We were the only westerners, and the college age kids who were hiking thought he was an NBA star, I think. Many photo breaks.
This was a Buddhist temple, at the end of the trail. Restoration was only finished about 1 1/2 years ago.
Peace to you, Grasshopper....