Last Sunday we went back to Hua Shan with a group from our church. They wanted to show us the sights, and our friend Isabelle organized a huge group to come with us. We were a little worried that we would go to the exact same place we had been to on the previous day’s hike. But we were wrong.
Instead of stopping at the bottom and taking the neverending staircase, we drove much higher up the mountain. There was a pretty heavy flow of cars and scooters driving up the mountain, but eventually they all stopped at the different scenic spots to take pictures. Not us, we drove, and drove….and drove. It took forever and was a little scary, but finally we made it to where our group leader was bringing us. It was a much smaller road, barely big enough for 1 car to drive down. Lucky for us, we were the only ones on it. This was not the usual place people go when they visit Hua Shan.
When we got out of the car, I expected it to feel warm and sticky like our previous day, but it was nice and cool. Still humid, but very pleasant. The view below us was hidden beneath a layer of fog, so we didn’t get any really good views of the ground. But this trip made up for that in so many ways!
Our guide grew up in the mountains, but now lives in Huwei. He was very knowledgable about different plants, and had a sharp eye for spotting different bugs. He showed us edible berries, many different spiders, plants that can sting you if you touch their leaves, and a bunch of bugs.
After walking for a little while we came upon a mountain tea farm. A little old lady was sitting on a low stone wall out front, while her husband was out in the field watering the tea trees. This was actually where the road was leading us, we couldn’t go any farther so we sat down to have a snack and take it all in.
It was an awesome weekend up in the mountains, we had a great time. The two days could not have been more different, and they were both amazing! We are so thankful for these wonderful Taiwanese people that really enjoy showing us their beautiful country!