There are at least eight different trails up into the Neihu mountains. We have hiked up most of them, and many are among my local favorite hikes.
On this hiking outing with Harmony, we started out by hiking up the fish trail.
They have done a really nice job of restoring many of the miniature displays alongside of this trail.
My favorite model is the miniature of the Great Wall of China. It is the only miniature of a structure that is in mainland China and not Taiwan. I am impressed by the amount of time that was required to build such a long wall, even on a miniature scale!
When we got to the top of the fish trail, we were going to hike up to the temple. But Harmony had never seen the statue of Chiang Kai-Shek on top of Zhongyongshan, so we changed direction.
The trail up to the top of the mountain to where the statue of Chiang Kai-Shek is located is a ordinary trail, with no miniature models alongside of it.
When we got to the top of Zhongyongshan, Chiang Kai-Shek was still there.
There were also lots of hula hoops on a tree by the plaza where the Chiang Kai-Shek statue is located at the top of Zhongyongshan. They are there for visitors to use and get some fun exercise. Harmony and Jeff amused me by trying to use the hula hoops. Harmony was pretty good, but Jeff had more difficulty.
We took a different trail back down the mountain.
Near the bottom of this trail were two temples that I had not seen before.
According to Jeff, this first temple is meant to be a place for women to come and pray to ask for favors. Zhongyongshan mountain is the peak on the left behind the temple in this photo.
It had a very unusual incense holder in front of the entrance. The carved statues on this incense holder looked like dancing leprechauns.
The next temple, a bit further down the trail from the mountain, was clearly a Buddhist temple.
It looked well kept, and like it was very well supported financially.
As we explored the temple grounds, the reason it was so well maintained became obvious. Next to the temple was a very large, three story building, which was a mausoleum.
As this was the last day of the three day Qing Ming holiday, there were many people at the mausoleum to pay their respects to their ancestors.
The landscaping around these temple buildings was very nice.
I was surprised that we had never heard about such a large Buddhist temple so close to where we live in Neihu! Even when I go hiking on a familiar trail near our apartment, I can discover something new and interesting!