Friday, May 01, 2015

On to the snow-covered Wongsaan hills

Mount Huangshan, often described as the “loveliest mountain of China”, has played an important role in the history of art and literature in China since the Tang Dynasty around the 8th century, when a legend dated from the year 747 described the mountain as the place of discovery of the long-sought elixir of immortality.  This legend gave Mount Huangshan its name and assured its place in Chinese history.  Mount Huangshan became a magnet for hermits, poets and landscape artists, fascinated by its dramatic mountainous landscape consisting of numerous granitic peaks, many over 1,000 m high, emerging through a perpetual  sea of clouds.  

During our five day pilgrimage to Huangshan, the enticing mountains were indeed a destination. It was Robert Frost who said,  

"Whose woods these are I think I know.   
His house is in the village though;   
He will not see me stopping here !  
To watch his woods fill up with snow". 

Oh yes, feelings and experiences were similar! On to the mountains, you are all on your own, no matter how big a multitude surround you and probably none is bothered of you! True! When you walk up to Him on the mountain, it is no one but just you!!  

But then, I have to finish it with the words of Frost himself: 

                                      "Woods are lovely, dark and deep
                                        But I have miles to go before I sleep"....

The clip is a bit long, enjoy the music and the visuals when you have some time! 

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