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I haven’t told you the craziest thing that happened while we were in China.  Before our flight from Shenzhen to Chengdu took off, these two women got into a fight.  One of them had a baby and she hadn’t bought a ticket for the baby.  So she tried to put the baby in the seat next to her, which was already reserved for the second woman.  The women starting arguing, and then one slapped the other one.  That caused them to really get into it with fists flying.  The flight attendants had to pull them apart.  Then they started punching again.  This went on for 10 minutes!  And they let the women fly; they just separated them and police detained them after we arrived in Chengdu.

 

We were traveling with a colleague from Shenzhen and she made sure to emphasize that the women were speaking in a Chengdu dialect.  I.e., she wanted to make sure we knew that these women weren’t from her region, which still makes me laugh.  I would do exactly the same thing.

 

I mention this now because in Chengdu I visited a Buddhist Monastery for women.  My guide mentioned that China doesn’t have a good support system for treating mental illnesses.  As a result, this monastery was actually a place where they put troubled women until they improve enough to reenter society.  It’s such a beautiful monastery.  There was a woman in one of the rooms chanting.  It was a very soothing chant.

 

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Do you see the dog in the picture?  He was so incredibly regal.  That was his monastery.

 

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You can actually stay in the monastery, but they only have squat toilets.  Sadly I can’t use squat toilets.  Otherwise it would have been so amazing to stay there.

 

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They also have domestic chickens.  You better watch out for those chickens, they’re very dangerous.  They hide in the bamboo and wait for you to be at your weakest moment.

 

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4 Responses to “Buddhist Monastery on Mount Emei”

  1. cindy says:

    Great story! Love the dangerous chickens…

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks. I’m really happy with the chicken picture.

  3. Tiffany says:

    Dangerous chicken is cool – crazy fighting ladies, not so much! Very beautiful there, but I’d become unglued at squat toilets lol.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Yeah, I really don’t get the squat toilets. They get, um, backed up very easily so they’re pretty gross.