Yuzi Paradise Travel Tips

On August 31, 2011, in China Attractions, Cool Places, Guilin, Modern Architecture, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Since 1997, the Yuzi Paradise in Guilin has held eight international sculpture camps. 114 famous sculptors from 25 countries have created 115 sculptures of their own distinctive styles and features. For the project composition section of the Yuzi Paradise, the internationally renowned sculptor Zhu Ming from Taiwan, Artistic Director of the Yuzi Paradise Xiao Changzheng, […]

Since 1997, the Yuzi Paradise in Guilin has held eight international sculpture camps. 114 famous sculptors from 25 countries have created 115 sculptures of their own distinctive styles and features. For the project composition section of the Yuzi Paradise, the internationally renowned sculptor Zhu Ming from Taiwan, Artistic Director of the Yuzi Paradise Xiao Changzheng, Xiao Li from Beijing, Li Xiuqin from Hangzhou, Robert Pirrestiger from French and Eberhard Eckerle from Germany have contributed a series of exquisite works of art.

Best Seasons to Visit the Yuzi Paradise

The best seasons to visit the Yuzi Paradise are from April to October. This period of time also includes the Labor Day golden week and the National Day golden week when there is an influx of tourists in Guilin and the prices of hotels and transportation rise correspondingly. So you may choose to avoid these two periods in order to enjoy the beauty of the Yuzi Paradise at easy.

Yuzi Paradise Best Routes: (none available)

Yuzi Paradise Ticket:

Adults: RMB 80 per person

Children: RMB 30 per person (free of charge for children under 1.1 m)

Opening hours: 8:30-18:30

How to get to Yuzi Paradise

Distances from Yuzi Paradise to key locations:

32 km from the City of Guilin;

30 km from the train station and the bus station;

60 km from Liangjiang International Airport

30 km from Shuoyang (the reputed town which represents the beauty of Guilin’s sceneries)

From Guilin to Yuzi Paradise:

By car: drive for 30 km along the Guiyang Highway;

By special-line bus: 6:40-18:40 (A bus departs every 20 minutes. The bus station is in Guilin train station and the fare is around RMB 5 per person.)

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Yuzi Paradise

Yuzi Paradise is situated in the Dabu Village of the Yanshan District in Guilin. It is a large-scale landscape art park established in 1998 by Cao Rizhang, an entrepreneur from Taiwan. The park includes 533 hectares of enchanting mountain and lake scenery dotted with marvelous artworks featuring sculptures and cave-carving works. Exhibitions, contests, and seminars […]

Yuzi Paradise is situated in the Dabu Village of the Yanshan District in Guilin. It is a large-scale landscape art park established in 1998 by Cao Rizhang, an entrepreneur from Taiwan. The park includes 533 hectares of enchanting mountain and lake scenery dotted with marvelous artworks featuring sculptures and cave-carving works. Exhibitions, contests, and seminars on art creations are frequently held in the park, making it a world-leading creation base and holiday resort with a combination of natural beauty and rich artistic atmosphere. In 2003, Yuzi Paradise was rated “the National 4A Scenic Area”, and in 2004 it was conferred the title of “National Cultural Industry Model Base” by the Ministry of Culture.

During its construction, Mr. Cao intended it as an art museum alive with imaginative artworks set against Guilin’s picturesque landscape. He hoped that the Yuzi Paradise would be one of the most outstanding art museums. In pursuit of this goal, he chose “Protect nature and promote art” as the theme of the park that presents a harmonious picture of the typical Guilin scenery and human culture. In the Yuzi Paradise, you can appreciate the gorgeous sculptures and cave-carvings while enjoying the beautiful scenery around.

The owner of the Yuzi Paradise will continue with his effort to promote open-mindedness in artistic creation through hosting various kinds of artistic contests and active cooperation with relevant enterprises and industries. Thanks to the Yuzi Paradise, Guilin is on its way to become a notable center of modern art and culture on the international stage.

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Yushan Park Travel Tips

On August 31, 2011, in Guilin, Parks & Gardens, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Yushan Park is located near Beiji Park and Yushan Bridge in the northern part of downtown in Guilin, Guangxi province. The park got this name because Yushan Mountain is in it. It is a recommendation to start the trip around Guilin from this place, as it is a source of the city’s history. Best Time […]

Yushan Park is located near Beiji Park and Yushan Bridge in the northern part of downtown in Guilin, Guangxi province. The park got this name because Yushan Mountain is in it. It is a recommendation to start the trip around Guilin from this place, as it is a source of the city’s history.

Best Time to Visit Yushan Park

April to October is the best time to visit the park. The golden week in May and October attracts many visitors, as the weather is particularly agreeable. If travelling at that time, remember to book your transport and accommodation in advance and be prepared for higher prices. During the slack season, however, you will have a better chance to experience the beautiful scenery of the park.

Yushan Park Best Route

Yudi Temple – Yiqin Garden – Sanjue Monument – Wufu Tower – Wenshao Building –- Shaoyin Cave – Jiuchongtian – Meiquan Palace

Yushan Park Ticket

Price: 32 Yuan

Opening time: from 7:30 to 18:00

How to get to Yushan Park  

By bus: you can take buses No.1, No.2, No.15, No.18, No.99, No.58, and No.100. And No.58 bus (from 8:30 to 16:30) is free; the air-conditioned No.99 bus, it drives from the north to the south across the city, the price is 2 Yuan; the rest buses only cost 1 Yuan.

By taxi: there are many taxis in Guilin, most of them are Jetta and Santana. In daytime and at night the fee standard of taxi is different. In daytime (from 6:30 to 23:00), price starts at 7 Yuan (including the 2km); after 2km and less than 4km, it is 1.6 Yuan per kilometer; after 4km, it is 2 Yuan per kilometer. At night (from 23:00 to 6:30), price starts at 7.80 Yuan; from 2km to 4km, it is 1.80 Yuan per kilometer; after 4km, it is 2.40 Yuan per kilometers.

By bike: it is a good idea to rent bike to travel around the downtown. It is very convenient to rent bike as every hotel and main streets has bike rental outlets. The rent fee is charged by hour or by day. For instance, in the International Youth Hotel in Guilin, rent bike costs 15 Yuan per day.

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The attractions in Yushan Park

On August 31, 2011, in Guilin, Nature Scenery, Parks & Gardens, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

Yu Mountain Yu Mountain is situated in the Yushan Park, to the east from the North Pole Square and the west bank of Li River.  It is an isolated peak, where the tomb of imperial concubine “Hai” is situated. According to historical records, the Yudi Temple standing on the Mountain was constructed in Tang dynasty.  […]

Yu Mountain

Yu Mountain is situated in the Yushan Park, to the east from the North Pole Square and the west bank of Li River.  It is an isolated peak, where the tomb of imperial concubine “Hai” is situated. According to historical records, the Yudi Temple standing on the Mountain was constructed in Tang dynasty.  On the eastern side of the temple, a pavilion called “Nan xun” from Song dynasty was built.  The “Nanxun” Cave, an old buried channel in ancient times, connects southern and northern foot of the mountain.  There are many famous works on the cliff of Yu Mountain, such as the article of Han Yunqing from Tang dynasty, Zhuxi’s(Song dynasty) stone inscription “the Stele of Yudi Temple” and more.  Moreover, Zhangshi’s “the Record of Shaoyin Cave” and Fang xinru’s “Old Love Song” were carved inside the cave.

The Relic of Shun Temple

The relic of ShunTemple is located on the southern side of Yu Mountain, one of the most famous mountains in Guilin.  The mountain was named after the Emperor Yu’s visit to South China.  To honor his visit to the mountain, the Shun Temple was built. The ministers from Tang dynasty, Han yunqing, Han xiushi and Li yangbing, carved their common inscription, ”The Preface of Yu Temple” which is the earliest stone carving in Yu Mountain. This preface recorded the construction of Shun Temple.  Since Southern Song dynasty, the temple, serving as a monastery, has been reconstructed many times.  The relic of ShunTemple is one of the Yushan Park’s attractions at present.

Shaoyin Cave

Shaoyin Cave is situated at the west foot of Yushan. It used to be a watercourse flowing from north to south. Nowadays, it is 2~3 meters high, 5.5 meters wide and 105 meters deep. Its total area is 720 square meters. In front of the north entrance, the sound of flowing water and the sound of wind blowing through pines mixed together, resembling the Shao music practiced by Emperor Shun. It is the reason why the cave was called “Shaoyin”. In Ming Dynasty, the name was inscribed by Zhou Jinlong on the wall of cave. Yu Hui in Qing Dynasty inscribed two Chinese characters “Xun Xian”. Those two inscriptions express the unique feature of Shaoyin cave.

Nanxun Pavilion

Nanxun Pavilion is situated on of the southern slope of Yushan. It was built by Zhangshi in the second year of reign of the Chunxin Emperor in the Song Dynasty (1175) and was refurbished many times. To the east from the pavilion you can see the Lijiang River; in the south there is pine forest; in the north those two sceneries combine. The pavilion was destroyed during the Anti-Japanese War and still hasn’t been fully reconstructed. In the past, people used to have banquets here. Nowadays, the newly built Yushan Bridge connects the east and west of Lijiang River, which will enable more visitors to see the pavilion.

Yushan Park

Yushan Park

On August 31, 2011, in Guilin, Historical Relics, Parks & Gardens, Temples, by Jack Li

YushanPark is situated in the south of the North Pole Square in Guilin, next to the Yushan Bridge.  The park got its name because Yu Mountain located inside the park.  It is a popular starting point for tours around Guilin.  The park is designed in grand detail, combining traditional and modern styles and the glamour […]

YushanPark is situated in the south of the North Pole Square in Guilin, next to the Yushan Bridge.  The park got its name because Yu Mountain located inside the park.  It is a popular starting point for tours around Guilin.  The park is designed in grand detail, combining traditional and modern styles and the glamour of the East and West.  The whole park can be divided into two parts.  The northern part is a typical modern park with springs and waterfalls, surrounded by picturesque scenery. During the night, the park’s beauty is enhanced by colorful illuminations. In the southern part of the park, a reconstruction of YudiTemple and magnificent “Wufu Tower” (symbolizing peace, long life, wealth, safety, morality and good ending) with a bell are particularly worth mentioning.   There are many other unique constructions in the southern part of the park, such as the marble “Jiu chongtian” (meaning ‘nine spheres of Heaven’) and “Jiya Garden” with a great collection of rare treasures, handicrafts and more.

Yushan Park Attractions

Yu Mountain

Shaoyin Cave

Nanxun Pavilion

The Relic of Shun Temple

Yushan Park Story

1. Yudi Temple and Chess

The mountain is named after Emperor Yu, who passed the mountain during his journey to the South. To memorize the emperor’s visit, the Yudi Temple was built in the Qin dynasty.  The Temple has a history of over two thousand years.  At the entrance to the temple, there is a bronze statue of Emperor Yu’s little brother Xiang, the inventor of Chinese Chess (called ‘xiangqi’ in Chinese). According to the legend, Xiang was known as a cheeky boy, having no respect for his older brother’s orders.  He mended his ways after Yu’s death. Xiang guarded the temple’s doors to keep the monsters from disturbing his older brother at rest.  Xiang became so intelligent, that all his hair fell down and he became bald. That is how the Chinese idiom”Cong Ming Jue Ding” (signifying a person of unusually high IQ) came to life. His invention is a good example of his intelligence. It is said that if one wants to be clever or succeed in gambling, he or she should touch Xiang’s head.

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Yonghegong Lama Temple Travel Tips

On August 31, 2011, in Beijing, More Places of Interest, Temples, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Walking past Guozijian East Gate, you will see a simple and classical temple. This is Lama Temple, the largest and most well-preserved Lama temple in Beijing. Lama Temple was officially open to public since 1981 as a place for religious activities. Everyday numerous people come to the temple and offer incense, and you may smell […]

Walking past Guozijian East Gate, you will see a simple and classical temple. This is Lama Temple, the largest and most well-preserved Lama temple in Beijing. Lama Temple was officially open to public since 1981 as a place for religious activities. Everyday numerous people come to the temple and offer incense, and you may smell the fragrance of the incense outside of the temple yard.

Best Seasons to Visit Yonghegong Lama Temple

Spring and autumn are the best seasons for travelling in Beijing, especially in autumn when the weather is cool and pleasant. So you may come for a visit anytime in April, May, September or October.

Yonghegong Lama Temple Best Routes

Usually the visit should start along the main axis of the major temples from the front to the back. Then go clockwise around the axis to visit the rest of the temple. Situated on the main axis are the Mountain Gate, Tianwang Hall, Lama Temple Main Hall, Yongyou Hall, Falun Hall, Wanfuge Hall. On the east and the west are the Side Halls and the Four Lecture Halls (the Scripture Hall, the Vajrayana Hall, the Mathematics Hall and the Medicine Lord Hall).

Yonghegong Lama Temple Ticket

Entrance ticket: RMB 25

Opening hours: 9:00-17:00

How to get to Yonghegong Lama Temple

By subway: Take Line 2 or Line 5 and get off at Yonghegong Lama Temple Station. Get out of the station by Exit C. Walk 150 metres to the west and you will come to the Lama Temple.

By bus: Take bus 62, 13, 116, 44 or Te-2 and get off at Yonghegong Station. Or take bus 13, 116, 684 and get off at Guozijian Station.

The Wanfu Hall

On August 31, 2011, in Beijing, Historical Relics, More Places of Interest, Temples, by Jack Li

The Wanfu Hall (literally “the hall of ten thousand buddhas”) is situated behind the Falun Hall in the Lama Temple. It is the most magnificent hall in the temple, consisting of three seperated parts linked by corridors. The middle part of Wanfu Hall is a three floor main hall, with the two floor Yansui Hall […]

The Wanfu Hall (literally “the hall of ten thousand buddhas”) is situated behind the Falun Hall in the Lama Temple. It is the most magnificent hall in the temple, consisting of three seperated parts linked by corridors. The middle part of Wanfu Hall is a three floor main hall, with the two floor Yansui Hall to its left, and the two floor Yongkang Hall to its right. The three halls seem to blend into each other, and form a harmonious building. The elegant paintings on the walls and eaves somewhat represent the architectural style of the Liao (AD907-AD1125) and the Jin (AD1115-AD1234) Dynasty.

The building is named “wanfu” because there are about ten thousand small statues of buddha placed inside the walls of the hall. However, the most attracting thing in the hall is not the walls of ten thousand buddhas, but a huge statue of Maitreya. You can see the famous statue once you enter the Wanfu Hall. It is a 26 meter high statue made by one single piece of white sandalwood. The precious timber was a gift from the sixth Dalai Lama of Tibet to Emepror Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty. To carve the timber, the emperor spent over 80 thousand silver dollars in total. The wooden Maitreya looks tall and strong, with gildings all over his body, on which dotted various beautiful gemstones. The cassock he wears is made of yellow satin that worth 5 thousand silver dollars.   It is one of the three treasures of the Lama Temple.

In addition, there is a wooden niche made of Jinsi Nanmu, a very precious timber in the eastern side hall of the main hall. Skilled carpenter carved 99 vivid cloud-dragons over it. The wonderful niche is another treasure of the Lama Temple. The third treasures is the 500-Buddhist-arhats hill in the Falun Hall.

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The Yongyou Hall

On August 31, 2011, in Beijing, Historical Relics, More Places of Interest, Temples, by Jack Li

The Yongyou Hall is situated right behind the Lama Temple Main Hall. From the outside, you can easily identify that the hall is seperated into 5 rooms. There used to be 10 rooms inside the halls. During renovations, each of the two adjoining rooms were united as one. When Emperor Yongzheng moved into the Forbidden […]

The Yongyou Hall is situated right behind the Lama Temple Main Hall. From the outside, you can easily identify that the hall is seperated into 5 rooms. There used to be 10 rooms inside the halls. During renovations, each of the two adjoining rooms were united as one. When Emperor Yongzheng moved into the Forbidden City, he lived in the Lama Temple, and used the Yongyou Hall as his study and bedroom. Later after he died, his coffin was temporarily placed in the hall for condolence. Because of this event, the Yongyou Hall became a place where memorial ceromonies of the royal family were often held in the Qing Dynasty. The name of the Hall, “Yongyou”, literally means blessing all the emperors that has passed away.

In the centre of the Yongyou Hall, there are three lotus-like seats. The statues of the Medicine Buddha, the Amitabha, and the Shihou Buddha are placed from left to right in a row, sitting quietly on the seats, with an average height of 2.35 meters. All of the three statues are made of sanders. On the eastern wall of the hall hangs a beautiful portrait of the White Tara, and on the western wall, an exquisite tapestry of the Green Tara. Rumor has it that the tapestry used to be destroyed for careless protection. It is Emperor Qianlong’s mother and her maids who renovated it according to the remains. The precious tapestry has a history of more than 290 years now.

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The Lama Temple Main Hall

On August 31, 2011, in Beijing, More Places of Interest, Temples, by Jack Li

The Lama Temple Main Hall was the place where Yongqinwang, later Emperor Yongzheng, received the officials and the generals. In the north of the Hall there are three bronze statues of the Three Buddhas¡: Sakyamuni in the middle, Dipamkara on its left and Maitreya on its right, each of almost two metres high. There are […]

The Lama Temple Main Hall was the place where Yongqinwang, later Emperor Yongzheng, received the officials and the generals. In the north of the Hall there are three bronze statues of the Three Buddhas¡: Sakyamuni in the middle, Dipamkara on its left and Maitreya on its right, each of almost two metres high. There are two sets of Three Buddhas in Buddhism. One is Sakyamuni with Medicine Master Buddha of the Eastern World on its left and Amitabha Buddha of the Western World on its right. These are the Three Buddhas of Space, meaning that Buddha is everywhere. However, the statues in the Lama Temple are the Three Buddhas of Time. Sakyamuni represents the present, Dipamkara the past, and Maitreya the future. The three of them together symbolize that Buddha exists at all times. On the northwest corner of the Main Hall there is the bronze standing statue of the Goddess of Mercy, and on the northwest corner the bronze standing statue of Maitreya. On the holy seat in front of the two mountain walls sits the statues of the Eighteen Arhats. Facing the Main Hall in the front yard are the Four Lecture Halls.

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The Falun Hall

On August 31, 2011, in Beijing, More Places of Interest, Temples, by Jack Li

The Falun Hall is one of the largest halls in the Lama Temple. It used to be the place where grand rites and ceremonies were held, and where the monks chanted sutras. The architectural style of the hall represents a perfect combination of Han Culture and Tibetan Culture. The plane of the hall has a […]

The Falun Hall is one of the largest halls in the Lama Temple. It used to be the place where grand rites and ceremonies were held, and where the monks chanted sutras. The architectural style of the hall represents a perfect combination of Han Culture and Tibetan Culture. The plane of the hall has a shape of cross. On the roof of it, there are 5 Tibetan golden pagodas. A huge lotus-shaped seat is placed at the centre of the hall, upon which sits a 6.1 meters high coppery statue of master Tsongkhapa, who was the founder of Shamanism, a branch of Tibetan Buddhism. He greets the tourists with his gracious smile. Built in 1924, it took 2 years for the skilled craftsmen to finish the statue, costing for more than 200 thousand silver dollars in total. Behind the statue, there is an wood carving, 500-Buddhist-arhats hill. The narra hill-like wood carving is about 5 meters wide, 3.5 meters long, and 0.3 meters thick. On the hill, you can see vivid arhats made of gold, silver, copper, iron, and tin. Each of them is only 0.1 meters high, dotted among the wooden hill. The exquisite 500-Buddhist-arhats hill is one of the three treasures in the Lama Temple. In front of master TsongKhapa’s statue, there is a basin made of Jinsi Nanmu (a valuable timber). It is said that Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty bathed in the basin three days after he was born.

Besides the statue and the wood carvings, the hall is also famous for the colorful drawings on the wall and the Buddhist scriptures stored inside. On the eastern and western walls, there are elegant frescos telling interesting stories about master Sakyamuni. It shows that how he was born form his mother’s armpit, how he acquired profound knowledges, and how he became a buddha eventually. Famous Buddhist scriptures, for example, the Tripitaka, are stored on the shelves in front of the eastern and western walls. The Falun Hall is filled with Buddhist relics and treasures, you would gain a better understanding of Buddhism if you visit there.

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