Kongtong Shan: sacred Daoist mountain in southeastern Gansu province.
More or less the middle of nowhere, socio-economically speaking, but
some lovely surroundings. The nearest town is depressingly pre-1991
Soviet zone as concerns architecture and air pollution, but mercifully
the people are that delightful contemporary Chinese mix of open and
curious and nosy and fun and many other things mixed in.
Having already climbed more than a thousand steps (I stopped counting
and the steps kept going for a VERY long time), I took a moment to
capture this temple, seemingly lost in the clouds high above me. In
the next set of shots after this, you’ll see both this temple from
closer up (pay attention to the foot bridge at the bottom of the shot,
which perilously spans a terrifyingly steep and deep gorge), and a
view of the path itself as seen from above – look for the white line
winding through the trees.