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Xiàmén zhíwùyuán (Botanical Garden) 2

厦门植物园

On this visit to the Botanical Garden I decided to go in the morning so that I could have more time to explore the expansive gardens.

It was a gloriously sunny day for January, and it was like I had never been before because it was, quite literally, seen in a different light.

This time I was able to visit one of the temples inside the garden.
It has a handy stone-carved map at the entrance.

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This opens up to a spacious courtyard with a refreshing view of the city in the distance.

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There are cable cars going up to Wanshi peak but I chose to walk.

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And what a walk it was! I did not think it was possible to have another brand new adventure, that there could be such endless expanses in such a small island.
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I had the special privilege to be able to stare at this beautiful tree for as long as I wanted.

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The higher courtyard in the temple is complete with the wafting scent of incense,

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intricate carvings,

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potted trees,

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lotus flower tiles on the floor...

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and a hushed atmosphere.

The Wanshi peak is right behind this temple, and the climbing path offers a more beautiful view at every turn.

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The peak itself is an abruptly noisy and crowded place, with a cafe to serve all the people coming up on the cable cars.

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The path leads on from the peak and broadens into a wider road overhung with vines.

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After this there is a cactus garden with a very large but very cosy greenhouse.

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And finally a the familiar walk back past the lilly-pond stage, radiant in the brilliant sunshine.

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My very first sight of spring blossoms in China, a first glimpse of what I am sure will be the most beautiful season of the year in China.

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Posted by Melimei 06:11 Archived in China

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