There was something so mystifying about Tianmu Shan, or Tianmu Mountain. Literally it means Heaven’s Eyes Mountain, or perhaps The Eyes to Heaven Mountain. Apart from the fact that I went there in early spring when fog graciously hanging over the trees, it truly was a wonderful sight. Tianmu Shan located in Lin’an County, Zhejiang Province. Only one and a half hour from my school there. Along the way up to the mountain, we passed quaint villages with endless rice fields. It was drizzling, but it added the natural beauty the mountain possessed.
I dare say it was my Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon or House of Flying Daggers moments when I walked down the wooden steps or the stone pavements, surrounded by giant cedar trees that for some reason grew twisted like corkscrews. Sadly we did not trek that high and deep until the waterfalls and the nunneries. The nunneries were off limit to visitors, in which I fully understood. We also were not allowed to go to the protected area where clouded leopards roamed free. Ah, the downside of being mere students. But what I saw was enough to make me imagined myself in traditional Chinese robe floating gracefully from tree top to tree top.