Playing in the water on Tiantai MountainPosted: September 18, 2011
The mountains in the Sichuan Province of China are completely different from our Rocky Mountains back home. The last mountain I wrote a blog about had monkeys and a giant Buddha carved out of the mountain but Tiantai Mountain has some beautiful waterfalls and an obstacle course through water.
As the legend goes, Mount Tiantai used to be carried by a giant turtle, swimming in the ocean until a goddess cut off the turtle’s legs in order to use them to support the falling sky and she moved the mountain to the dry land of Southwest China so that it would not sink in the ocean.
Our plan was to drive to the top of the mountain and hike our way down the mountain but by the time we reached the top we didn’t have much time to do all the hiking trails. The kids usually whine a little when we mention the word “hike” but this hiking trail was too much fun to complain. First you need to cross over the river…
Plan on getting wet because most of the trail is wet.
By the time we made it through the obstacle course it was time to head home so we didn’t get to see the famous waterfall and natural bridge over it but that is one more reason to come back another weekend.