by Confucius - Jun 11, 2003
Strange Pine Trees
Huangshan is China's best mountain scenery by far
The beautiful scenery of Huangshan is composed of wind swept pines and unusual rocks as well as seas of clouds and tourist locks. The mountains just seem to blend in with these peripheral pleasures; inspiring art, poetry, and romance.
Wherever one encounters spectacular scenery in China that involves large stones, there always seems to be calligraphy graffiti left by famous artists and noble officials.
Often it's just a short poetic phrase capturing the moment's first impression. Sometimes it also can be of religious significance or perhaps the calligrapher just thinks the Chinese character for "Buddhism" looks good tattooed on the side of a huge rock.
Tourists Leaving Loving Locks
It has become a Chinese tradition to leave an engraved lock at the most romantic tourist destinations in China. This is good business for local lock sales since almost everybody does not buy one until after they get to the end of the trail.
Most people usually dispose of the key but I've seen some astute girlfriends slip it into their purse while their man is looking at other women.