Day 5: The Bike Ride
Today Mr. Tafel took the guys and me (plus Ivy) on a two hour long bike ride that took us all the way to lake Erhai. Our first stop was at the Bamu temple, a Benzhu temple just off the shore of lake Erhai. The temple was chock full of depictions of deities from Buddhism, Taoism, Daoism, and even some local deities that are unique to just that temple. These were all brought to life in hand-made statues, paintings, and wood carvings. It was fascinating to see all of these different religions just sort of mixed and mashed together to form a one of a kind blend of religions. Once we left the temple, we headed over to the tongue of lake Erhai, where Mr. Tafel met an old man named Mr. Zhang who was Hui Muslim. Mr. Tafel helped translate for me as I talked Mr. Zhang and asked him questions about his religion. We talked for around 10-15 minutes or so and he gave us the location of two nearby mosques: Wuliqiao and Kelizhuang. Now that I where two mosques are, I am really looking forward to paying a visit to both of them and learning something new.