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Video: The Cave of Toads, Putuoshan

Early morning at Chaoyang Cave

I expected many things from my visit to Putuoshan last month. I expected temples, I expected the heat, I even expected the crowds that I found. What I didn’t expect, was that this, one of the most sacred sites of Buddhism in China, would also double as some kind of sanctuary for the entire population of the country’s toads.

This is the first of several videos I made during my trip. It was early morning, and very humid, but it was worth the early rise for what I found. There are plenty more videos to come, so stick around. Oh, to have had a smartphone for the past four years. Enjoy!

Note: This video is hosted on Vimeo. If you can’t see it in China, get yourself a VPN. I recommend PandaPow.

Related posts: To see what happened later that night, take a look at my post The Avenue of Toads, Putuoshan.

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