Asia | China | Sichuan Province | Chengdu | Azure City Mountains – Azure City Mountains
Qingcheng Shan, or Azure City Mountains, one of the holy places where Taoism flourished, has always been a summer hideout for the Chengdu residents who can’t handle the heat and humidity. Crowned as ‘the most serene’ mountain in China, the back hills of Qingcheng is espiecally verdant and refreshing, and just the right restart to life on the road after my hibernation in Leshan.
A couple transfers and some asking around got me to Chengdu’s long distance bus staion. My travel muscles were just warming up. The road trip took a lot longer than I expected, but I was entertained enough by the drivers to make the time pass by faster.
Qingcheng had plenty of wooden bridges and pagodas with moss-covered roofs highlighting the creeks and waterfalls on the way. The scenery on the back hills made me think of ‘pretty’ pronounced with an up-ity accent. Having been a vacation destination for centuries, the trails were maintained in excellent shape, making the climb up very easy.
Commercialism had seeped through every crack. Inn keepers were soliciting from the bottom of the hill, forcing me to speed up. But my resistance finally gave in, as they surrounded me from all sides when I passed throuhg BaiYun village near the top.
Revival style hotels still under construction were scattered all over the village, but I settled for a simple dorm bed with only 2 beds and a chair in the room to save money. The inn does have a nice balcony that looks out into the hill, so I watched the azure mist permeate through the peaks until a bright crescent moon rose up with the night chill.