This morning we started back to Chengdu. After a short while we stopped at a Tibetan Buddhist temple. We gave donations and in return received white scarves which they put on us. This is a very old Tibetan tradition: scarves are given as a blessing.
We also got to see the Living Buddha there. He blessed us: we kneeled down before him and he chanted and touched our heads. I always think this type of religious chanting sounds cool.
The Tibetans use prayer flags. I am not sure exactly what function these flags play. They were all over the hillscape.
Just a short while ago, we left a store were we tried Yak meat. The taste is similar to beef. Several of the group bought some. [U.S. Customs confiscated some people's.]
We went to another park, Huang Long, at 1:00 PM. Huang Long has many interesting water-pool "step" formations. Not as pretty as Jiu Zhai Gou, but wonderful in its own right. Here we took a 3.8km walk up to a temple, final elevation also 3.8km. I was the second person up and back, making the trip in about 1 hour each way. First was Erica. Everyone else lagged WAY behind. I was happy to have been so fit. On the way up I took only one five-minute break.
Our hotel here has a couple of problems. First, the bathroom door can only be opened from the outside. This is because there is no doorknob on the inside. Also, the switch for a light fell into the casing.