We recently did a post on the Shilaoren Sightseeing Garden that we visited a couple of weeks ago. If you missed that post, be sure to check it out here: Shilaroen Sightseeing Garden. The garden is beautifully set out, and we loved exploring the various paths and areas. Since winter is approaching there were not many people around the gardens, so we got to enjoy a crowd-free Sunday. That doesn’t happen often in China! We could see a pagoda on the top of the mountain that lay above the paths we were walking, but we were not sure how we would get to it. As usual, we had no idea where we are going, but we ventured on, knowing that we would find something interesting along the way. After walking up a steep road, we found a large open area with a huge white statute, a couple of Chinese signs directing us upwards, and a line of stores selling souvenirs and refreshments. It was not hard to tell that we had reached the starting area for the hike.
We met a little Chinese baby dressed in a warm bear sit on the way up. As you can see in above left picture, a lady reached right into the Ergo to touch Elijah’s face while we tried to take a picture. Many Chinese people feel nothing to wake up a sleeping baby. I have no idea why they would do that, especially with someone else’s child, but they try to do it frequently. We often have to quickly slap a hand that is reaching into Eli’s stroller. We figure that this must be one of the reasons that Chinese people always ask us if we are tired (since becoming parents) – yeah, we would be tired if we randomly woke our kid up, but we don’t, we let him sleep. For as long as possible!
Here we are, reaching the highest point of the pagoda. The final path is just one single staircase, and the view is amazing. After this point, you can climb higher via the rocks. That is what we did, and we saw a few other people doing the same. It was very peaceful on this mountain.
Sitting on top of the mountain – checking out the view – in his hiking backpack.
Little man was tired when we got to the top of the mountain, so I fed him and he fell asleep. There were a few people coming and going, so we found a little secluded spot on some rocks. As you can see, our view was amazing. Not a bad place to take a nap! We wrapped him in a blanket and Justin’s spare hoodie (legs in the arm parts) and put him into the Ergo. We love our hiking backpack, but the only problem we have with it is that Elijah doesn’t (can’t) fall asleep in it. He sits in an upright position and therefore can’t doze off. For that reason, we always carry the Ergo at the bottom of my backpack, just in case he wants to take a nap. It was quite quite chilly up there… Look at that cute little red nose (and those long lashes!!)
We admired the view for a little bit, and then started to make our way back down. This hike is not strenuous at all, and it only took an hour or two, so we will be back another day to explore the gardens and hike here again.
Another great day spent with the family! We love activities like this, but sadly the weather is changing and soon we won’t be able to do as much of this as we would like to. We will have to find warmer ways to spend quality time together since the wind in Qingdao is often way too cold for hiking with a toddler.