Hi! from Hangzhou: Wushan & Chenghuang Pavilion

Chenghuang pavilion initially caught my eye because, well because it’s huge and sits at the mountain right above my hostel, but also because it bears an uncanny resemblance to Yubaba’s bathhouse from Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away.

Unfortunately, once I got up there I found it to be rather devoid of character, as are many temples in China, completely gutted of anything authentic – but at least no one was selling paperweights. Inside the temple you’ll find only a restaurant and, on the first floor, some history of the area along with dioramas and pictures, but the views afforded outside the place are “where it’s at.”

In the temple courtyard.

A detail from one of the exterior walls of the pavilion.

Elsewhere on Wushan I found this shrine and one other like it. The mountain is really big and, as I’m hoping you can tell from the pictures, very pretty. It’s worth a couple hours bopping around, although it’s easy to get turned around up there and spend twenty minutes trying to find your way back down.


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