|J & K in Moganshan|
So, what now? Well, one piece of GOOD NEWS: yesterday marked the end of the 40 day Fu, the hottest part of summer according to the chinese lunar calendar. Winds from the Tai Feng (typhoon) in Taiwan have cooled us a bit.
|Missionary house from the 1920's|
What did we do to-escape-Shanghai-heat? Besides AC and drinking lots of water, we traveled to two places in China that are supposed getaways from the scorching Shanghai heat.
First, Moganshan. Moganshan became a resort for missionaries and a retreat for Shanghai gangsters and politicians. (Mao Zedong and Chiang Kai Shek.) Go figure!
|Gavin and May|
|The wildest river rafting ever... sort of like|
Disneyland's bumper cars, but in the water.
River guides stand at the side and
pull you into rapid chutes.
|Moganshan, 2.5 hour drive west of Shanghai, in Zhejiang Province|
|Ahh...tranquil bamboo forest hiking|
It's hard to find any paths in China
without hordes of people
|One really can hire workers to carry you on a hike!|
|Ken decides to reverse the roles|
|Ken enjoys Weird Rock,|
that's what it's called on the map!
|Jeanie and May on a hike overlooking temple|
|Vats of what else? Tsingtao beer|
Take-away plastic bags of beer are sold around town.
|Yep, it's really called Beer Street|
|Former German governor's residence, 1903|
Qingdao even hosted the Olympic sailing event in 2008.
|Protestant Church, 1908|
|Jeanie tries to stay cool|
|Everyone is at the beach,|
even multiple brides-to-be
|#2 Bathing beach, bring your own umbrella|
|Beach head volleyball|
We enjoyed Qingdao. The ocean breezes were cool enough, but honestly, it was still hot. It's hard to find anywhere in China that can escape-the-Shanghai-Heat-of-2013.
Even with the extreme heat, we are grateful that God gives us strength, and we in turn can provide shade for others.
See, a King will reign in righteousness... each one will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm, like streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land.
Isaiah 32: 1-2
Next Time: September Visitors