Xingfu means happy and blessed in Chinese. Even though 2014, the year I started this blog, was a busy and, at times, difficult year that is the word I thought of for this space. Mama not because I have many children but because I seem to fall into a caregiving role. Sometimes I feel like Mama to the world.
The name XingfuMama means Happy Mama with undertones of being blessed.
I didn’t walk up all 7000, or however many, stairs there are going up Taishan. It took me so long to get to the halfway point that we decided to take the cable way to the top. But I didn’t feel deprived: there were plenty more stairs once you got to the top!
I have to commend my son’s excellent “parenting” skills: he let me figure out for myself that the cable way was the path of wisdom. Only later did he confess that he had been figuring that he could wear my backpack on his front going up the steepest part and was, even at that, trying to figure out how to prevent me from falling. He had been up before and the steepest part was yet to come and much steeper than the stretches that had challenged me.
Dai Miao is an important temple for the Chinese people and the temple that was the starting out point for the emperor’s trips up Taishan, which were for religious purposes. The Bixi (stone tortoises) carry on their backs the documentation for those visits. The ones at Dai Miao are of dramatically varying ages and some are quite ancient and worn.
More lines, horizontal this time from Mount Tai (Taishan)’s stairs. This flight is smooth and regular.
Taishan, a.k.a. Mount Tai, a.k.a. Mount Taishan (this is redundant since shan means mountain, but some websites use it, including UNESCO) is a mountain that has important historic, cultural and religious significance for Chinese people. Taishan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here is a Wikipedia article about it.