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Monday, July 25, 2011

Naked Retreat

Maybe it's the hot sticky summer weather, but I've been feeling a little uber-urban lately. All this glass & concrete & noise & hustle has me on edge. For the last few weeks, I've been taking little day trips away from the city in an effort to regroup.

Last weekend, a local wellness group organized a trip to Naked Retreats in Moganshan, a village about three hours by bus from Shanghai. Moganshan has long been a weekend retreat for expats living in Shanghai. Many of the buildings were built by Europeans in the late 1800s, & you can see the Western influence in the architecture there. The mountain used to be covered in pine trees until the local farmers discovered that bamboo was much more profitable. These days you can see green bamboo & tea fields for miles & miles.

We spent the weekend hiking, swimming, yoga-ing, eating wholesome food, & generally enjoying the surrounding green-ness there. We saw frogs & birds & butterflies - & stars. Stars! In the sky! It was absolutely delightful. It was so nice to get out of the city - away from the daily mad dash that is Shanghai - & breathe.

Naked Retreats Lodge
Wholesome feast
The view from the top
Swimming hole

1 comment:

Scott said...

Wow, awesome pictures Nancy! Where have you been? Catchy title for this post. I was wondering what to expect... :-)