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Apr 7, 2008 - A Crossing

A good twenty hours of traveling by train and bus brought me from the arid Yellow River down into the Yangtze basin. Here rises the northernmost of Anhui's great peaks, Jiuhua Shan (Nine Lotus Mountain), the earthly residence of Dizang, the Buddhist protector of the deceased and guide to the beyond. I arrived at the foot of the mountain late at night in the pouring rain, and was immediately crammed into a small minivan with ten other travelers. As we wound our way up the steep road, the price for the fare mysteriously began to increase. It...

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