"People thought it absurd to go in the opposite direction.""I like the life of a hermit, living on a mountain.
I came here for inner peace and to escape the noise of the city," she said, wearing a puffy pink coat and fiddling with a smartphone as an off-road vehicle carried her down a muddy path to civilisation.
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THE FOREST TRAIL THAT BEGINS at the highest point on Virginia’s Skyline Drive and drops quickly away from civilization seems an unlikely site for a double murder.
As it descends into the backcountry of Shenandoah National Park, the gentle slope grows more pronounced and the rocky surface provides a tenuous foothold.
Hundreds of small huts dot the jagged peaks of the remote Zhongnan mountains in central China, where followers of Buddhism and local Taoist traditions have for centuries sought to live far from the madding crowds.Verify your photos to show you're real and make your profile discreet to keep things private.Your email address and personal identifiable information are never revealed.Taoism -- loosely based on the writings of a mythical figure named Laozi who lived some 2,500 years ago -- calls for an adherence to "the way", which practitioners have long interpreted as a return to the natural world.Anti-religious campaigns reached fever pitch during the decade of upheaval beginning in 1966 known as the Cultural Revolution, when many of the temples and shrines in the Zhongnan mountains were destroyed and their denizens dispersed."In the 1980s no one paid the hermits any attention, because everyone had a chance to make a buck and improve their lives materially," said the shaggy-bearded author.The only witness to the crime appeared to be Winans’ golden retriever, Taj.