The Fairy Lake

On September 6, 2011, in Activities, Caves & Canyons, Islands, Sichuan, by Jack Li

The Fairy Lake is one of the most famous attractions in the Shunan Bamboo Sea. It is located on the top of the hill where Xianyu Cave is. The Fairy Lake, the Xianyu Cave, and the Tianbao Village together make up a very good round tour route. The fairy lake occupies an area of more […]

The Fairy Lake is one of the most famous attractions in the Shunan Bamboo Sea. It is located on the top of the hill where Xianyu Cave is. The Fairy Lake, the Xianyu Cave, and the Tianbao Village together make up a very good round tour route.

The fairy lake occupies an area of more than 2 hectares. The water is very clear and limpid. When it comes to the dawn or the sunset, the whole lake is shrouded by the golden sunlight and looks like a golden basin. The reflections of the green hills and the verdant bamboos around the water make the surface of the water an exquisite watercolor painting. During the summer and the autumn, the frogs live beside the lake croak a lot. The croaking sounds like the music from a peptachord. This background music make the Fairy Lake appear to be much more elegant.

There are several pavilions and galleries made of bamboos beside the lake for tourists to enjoy the beautiful lake. If you want to see the lake much closer, you can rent a bamboo rafts and go boating on the lake. It is definitely a wonderful experience. Enjoying the limpid water, the emerald green bamboos, and the cool winds passing by every now and then on the lake is quite comfortable.

The Shunan Bamboo Sea

Tianbao Village

On September 6, 2011, in Adventure Trip, Chinese Towns & Villages, Mountain Areas, Sichuan, by Jack Li

It is said that Tianbao Village was built in 1862 by the Qing government as a fortress to prevent the armies of Shi Dakai, a rebel general, to march into Sichuan. It was built along the edge of cliffs. It may seem dangerous if you look down; but as the saying goes, “It is safer […]

It is said that Tianbao Village was built in 1862 by the Qing government as a fortress to prevent the armies of Shi Dakai, a rebel general, to march into Sichuan. It was built along the edge of cliffs. It may seem dangerous if you look down; but as the saying goes, “It is safer to be in the eye of the storm”, the formidable terrain makes it easy to defend and hard to attack. The village measures 1,500 m long, 20 m high and 10 m wide. Not only is the roof made of hard rocks, but also inside there are thirteen solid stone village gates that you have to get through one by one before you can enter the village. This makes it a much stronger fortress.

The scenery around is as impressive as the village itself. When it is sunny the red sand stones of the cave glitter. Green bamboos surround the cave and serve as a natural screen that blocks it from sight. If you walk around the village, you will see rare giant mushroom stones shaped like an umbrella more than 10 metres high. Legend has it that it used to be the umbrella of the head master of Xianyu Cave. He put it here and it became the yellow stone. So the local people call it “the yellow umbrella stone”.

During the early years of the Republic of China, theft was prevalent and the local lords moved to Tianbao Village seeking safety and peace. The place provided a save haven for them. Such a peculiar choice of site for a village really protects it from any disturbance.

The Shunan Bamboo Sea

The Colorful Waterfall

On September 6, 2011, in Nature Scenery, Sichuan, Tombs, Waterfalls & Pools, by Jack Li

The Colorful Waterfall, otherwise known as the Luohun Terrace Waterfall, is the most breathtaking waterfall in the Shunan Bamboo Sea. It is located in the Calabash Valley between the Stone Drum Hill and the Stone Gong Hill. The Shuiliao Stream flows down from the cliff beside the valley and form a splendid 4-level waterfall below […]

The Colorful Waterfall, otherwise known as the Luohun Terrace Waterfall, is the most breathtaking waterfall in the Shunan Bamboo Sea. It is located in the Calabash Valley between the Stone Drum Hill and the Stone Gong Hill. The Shuiliao Stream flows down from the cliff beside the valley and form a splendid 4-level waterfall below the Huilong Bridge. The total drop of the waterfall is around 200 meters.

The first level of the Colorful Waterfall starts from right below the Huilong Bridge. It is 5 meters wide, and drops for 30 meters. The second level of it is 3 meters wide, and drops for 15 meters. The third level lasts for 50 meters with a width of 4 meters, and the 5 meter wide forth level lasts for 74 meters. The last two level of the waterfall nearly join together into one level. The falling water hit the rocks in the pool at the bottom of the waterfall and splashes. In sunny days, if you look down to the pool from the bridge, you might see elegant rainbows. It is important to enjoy the waterfall from good angles, or you can only hear the sound, but cannot see it.

The Stone Drum Hill and the Stone Gong Hill are situated beside the waterfall. They are named like that because during the night, when tourists leave the waterfall and the Calabash Valley becomes quiet, sound of drums and gongs are likely to appear in the sound of the waterfall. There are several relatively small attractions on the hills, such as the Tomb of Menghuo and the Ancient Drill Ground. The Colorful Waterfall and its gorgeous surroundings welcome a great many visitors every day.

The Shunan Bamboo Sea

Longyin Cave

On September 6, 2011, in Caves & Canyons, Mountain Areas, Sichuan, Temples, by Jack Li

Longyin Cave is situated on Jiulong Mountain about 980 m above sea level. Around it there are undulating mountains covered in bamboo forests. When wind blows the woods give off a low rustling sound. It reminds people of the roaring of a dragon, so the cave is called “Longyin”, meaning the roaring of the dragon. […]

Longyin Cave is situated on Jiulong Mountain about 980 m above sea level. Around it there are undulating mountains covered in bamboo forests. When wind blows the woods give off a low rustling sound. It reminds people of the roaring of a dragon, so the cave is called “Longyin”, meaning the roaring of the dragon.

Longyin Cave is three kilometers to the northeast of Feicui Corridor. Built in the Ming Dynasty, it covers an area of 450 square metres. It used to have a main hall, a back hall and a side hall. It was renovated in the Qing Dynasty by a monk named Zhanghui, but was torn down in 1959. Now all that is left is the foundation stone, the stair and the stone gate-frame.

In the cave there are 41 Buddhist statues left. In the main hall, three huge statues of Buddhas sit upon the lotus-shaped throne. Unlike the kind and serene Buddhas in other temples, their looks are solemn, serious and mighty. The Arhats lining on the sides are in various postures with different countenances: sitting, standing, smiling, meditating…In the front and the back halls you can find the statues of Maitreya, Goddess of Mercy, Weituo, and Linggong. The statues demonstrate great sculpture skills.

There is another interesting thing about Longyin Cave. On the mountainside out of the back gate of the temple there is a cave called “the Reclining Buddha Cave”. A stone statue of a Buddha lies inside. It is a mystery as to when it was sculpted and why it was put there. However, it is considered propitious because the place is blessed with his presence.

The Shunan Bamboo Sea

Shuangqiao (Two Bridges) Ditch

On September 5, 2011, in Mountain Areas, Nature Scenery, Popular Provinces, Sichuan, by Jack Li

The Four Girls Mountains are composed of three attractions, including Shuangqiao Ditch, Changping Ditch and Haizi Ditch.  Meanwhile, having an elevation of 3840m, Shuangqiao Ditch is the most intensive and attractive one.  The ditch gets its name because two bridges which intend to facilitate local people’s egress are constructed inside the scene spot.  One of […]

The Four Girls Mountains are composed of three attractions, including Shuangqiao Ditch, Changping Ditch and Haizi Ditch.  Meanwhile, having an elevation of 3840m, Shuangqiao Ditch is the most intensive and attractive one.  The ditch gets its name because two bridges which intend to facilitate local people’s egress are constructed inside the scene spot.  One of the two bridges is made of poplar and willow.  So it is known as Poplar and Willow Bridge.  Another bridge is made of larch and commonly known as Bian Bridge.  The whole spot is an international exhibition of peaks and a pavilion of ravines.  The cable car helps you finish the whole journey conveniently, comfortably and quickly.  According to initial search, there are 54 attractions in this scene spot.  Here is an altogether different world inside the ditch.  Baojing (Precious Mirror) Mountain, Wuse (Five Colors) Mountain and Lieren (Hunter) Peak are well—spaced; ginseng ground, bonsai beach and larch forest enhance the spot’s beauty and make visitors linger for them.  Relying among mountains, rivers, trees, grass, cloud and mist, the Shuangqiao Ditch is as fantastic as a wonderland.

Four Girls Mountains

Changping Ditch

On September 5, 2011, in Mountain Areas, Nature Scenery, Popular Provinces, Sichuan, by Jack Li

The Fourth Girl Mountain consists of three ditches and one mountain. The Shuangqiao Ditch is the only ditch you can tour it by car. The Shuangqiao Ditch is famous for sightseeing tour; the Haizi Ditch is famous for adventure tours; the Fourth Girl Mountain is famous for climbing; the Changping Ditch is famous for ecotourism. […]

The Fourth Girl Mountain consists of three ditches and one mountain. The Shuangqiao Ditch is the only ditch you can tour it by car. The Shuangqiao Ditch is famous for sightseeing tour; the Haizi Ditch is famous for adventure tours; the Fourth Girl Mountain is famous for climbing; the Changping Ditch is famous for ecotourism. The Changping Ditch is 29 kilometers long. Its total area is about 100 square kilometers. Along the ditch, there are 21 view spots in total. There are various kinds of primitive plants, which grow very well. The primitive forest is so dense that the sunray can hardly penetrate it. A stream quietly flows through the forest, which is really a beautiful picture.

The Changping Ditch is also a paradise for climbers. It is an ideal place for rock climbing and ice climbing. And it is also an important base to climb the Third Girl Mountain and The Fourth Girl Mountain. In ancient time, Changping Ditch is a battlefield. The Qing Army had fought against Jinchuan there during the reign of Emperor Qianlong in Qing Dynasty. Lama Temple is at the end of the ditch.  Through the ditch you would be arrive at Bipeng Ditch in Li County.

Four Girls Mountains

Haizi Ditch

On September 5, 2011, in Lakes, Mountain Areas, Popular Provinces, Sichuan, by Jack Li

The Haizi Ditch is 19.2 kilometers long. Its total area is 126.48 square kilometers. In the ditch have over ten lakes. The lakes are so clean that you can see the bottoms of the lakes. The lakes reflect the beautiful colors of the blue sky, white clouds and green mountains. The fishes in the lakes […]

The Haizi Ditch is 19.2 kilometers long. Its total area is 126.48 square kilometers. In the ditch have over ten lakes. The lakes are so clean that you can see the bottoms of the lakes. The lakes reflect the beautiful colors of the blue sky, white clouds and green mountains. The fishes in the lakes have no scales, because the fishes belong to ancient species which have not evolved completely. The fishes are ‘living fossil’ to realize the history of this land. Stand beside the lakes, watch yellow ducks flying, listen to the beautiful singing of birds, you would forget all your worries and enjoy the beauty of nature.

The Haizi Ditch is the most beautiful ditch among the three ditches in the Fourth Girl Mountain. Its sceneries are totally different from other ditches. The first half part mostly is mountains and meadows. The first half part is the best spot to enjoy the sceneries of the Fourth Girls Mountain. And every year, the local people hold solemn ceremony to worship the Fourth Girl Mountain. The after half part mostly is lakes. Because the distance is too long and the height is too high, a few people could arrive there. But the sceneries in the after half part are amazing, you should not miss it.

Four Girls Mountains

The First Girl Mountain

On September 5, 2011, in Activities, Adventure Trip, Mountain Areas, Sichuan, by Jack Li

Located in the Four Girls Mountains Scene spot in Xiaojin county of Sichuan province, the First Girl Mountain is one of the four sisters.   It has an altitude of 5355m.  Lower than 4000m, bush forest, wild flowers, yaks and horses can be found everywhere.  If you areluck enough, you will find the fresh wild mushrooms […]

Located in the Four Girls Mountains Scene spot in Xiaojin county of Sichuan province, the First Girl Mountain is one of the four sisters.   It has an altitude of 5355m.  Lower than 4000m, bush forest, wild flowers, yaks and horses can be found everywhere.  If you areluck enough, you will find the fresh wild mushrooms which are as big as a bowl and wonderful ingredient for soup.  However, there is not even a blade of grass growing on the beyond 4,000m high place.  In the mountain, it snows from October to April of next year.   Accumulated snow can come up to knee—height and still do not melt in summer.  The picturesque scenery is more beautiful than summer’s.  But the tourist difficulty is also much more than other seasons.  Appreciating the Four Girls Mountain on the top in sunny days, the scenery will be a feast for your eyes.  It is said that the four mountains are transfigured by four young girls of Zang nationality.  It is ranked as one of the ten famous mountains for mountain—climbing.  Because nobody has climbed on the top of the third and forth mountain, they are called as virgin peaks.  Depending on its moderate difficulty, the First Girl Mountain is known as the first love of many avid mountaineers.

Four Girls Mountains

Lao Tse Halln and Natural Picture Pavilion

On September 5, 2011, in Historical Relics, Mountain Areas, Popular Provinces, Sichuan, by Jack Li

Lao Tse Hall Lao Tse Hall is located on the summit of Qingcheng Mountain towering over 1600m into the sky. The Hall has six floors covering 400m2. The base of the building is square and the top is round suggesting the traditional idea “heaven is round and the earth square”. Every floor has eight protruding […]

Lao Tse Hall

Lao Tse Hall is located on the summit of Qingcheng Mountain towering over 1600m into the sky. The Hall has six floors covering 400m2. The base of the building is square and the top is round suggesting the traditional idea “heaven is round and the earth square”. Every floor has eight protruding angles symbolizes the Eight Diagram in Taoism. The statue of Lao Tse is based on Xu Beihong’s painting, a well-known modern Chinese painter, “Lao Tse Strolling on an Ox”. Lao Tse measures 13.6m and the whole statue with the ox measures 16m. The Hall was built in 1992 adding a delicate touch to the birthplace of Taoism.

Natural Picture Pavilion

The Natural Picture Pavilion is located in the hillside of the Longju Mountain behind the Archway. It is a multiple-eave pavilion built during 1875-1909 to the dimensions of 8.35m x 2.8m x 6.3m. The scenery here is tranquil and delicate like a natural picture. The Pavilion situates between Jianfu Hall and Tianshi Temple with a height of 893m. Visitors can see buildings blended into the natural landscape and the cutting cliffs soaring into the sky, which are connected by “Gods’ Bridge” for legends hold that gods often come here for gatherings. Being in the natural picture of the Qingcheng Mountain, you can have a good rest before go on and appreciate the breath-taking beauty of Qingcheng.

Qingcheng Mountain

Tianshi Temple

On September 5, 2011, in Historical Relics, Popular Provinces, Sichuan, Temples, by Jack Li

Tianshi Temple (Taoist Master’s Temple), also known as Changdao Taoism Temple, is the major temple complex in Qingcheng Mountain. Legend holds that Zhang Daoling, the founder of Tianshi Daoism, practiced Daoism doctrines and cultivated himself here, which gives to the name Tianshi. Sanqing Hall is the main building of the Temple. It was a multi-eave […]

Tianshi Temple (Taoist Master’s Temple), also known as Changdao Taoism Temple, is the major temple complex in Qingcheng Mountain. Legend holds that Zhang Daoling, the founder of Tianshi Daoism, practiced Daoism doctrines and cultivated himself here, which gives to the name Tianshi.

Sanqing Hall is the main building of the Temple. It was a multi-eave pavilion-like house on the top of a hill, built in 1923. There are nine steps leading up to it with six marble pillars in the front yard. The horizontal inscribed board over the front door inscribed “crimson platform and emerald cave” by the Qing Emperor Kangxi. The couplets along the door says, “One gives birth to two, two gives birth to three, and three gives birth to everything” and “human follow land, land follow sky, sky follow Taoism, Taoism follow nature” on each side, which are central concepts of Taoism. The Hall houses for three supreme gods of Taoism: Primus the emperor of heaven, Lingbao God and Moral God. Taoists believes the three are creators of the universe. Another major building is the Sanhuang Hall housing for the god Fuxi, the agricultural god and Yellow Emperor. The statues are seated statues measuring 1m tall carved in 723. Taoism considers Yellow Emperor and Lao Tse as chief masters. Legends hold that the Yellow Emperor had been learning Taoism after Ningzifeng who later assisted him to win the battle against Chuiyou. The Yellow Emperor went up into heaven after he finished learning and practicing Taoism principles. That’s why the statue of Yellow Emperor was housed in the Hall and there is also a Yellow Emperor Hall built in remembrance of him. The landscape in around Tianshi Temple is quiet and delicate. There stand three chunks of rocks in the east inscribed “eliminate evils”. Given to the legend that Zhang was stopped by a vast chunk of rock on his way to fight against evils. He then chopped it into three smaller ones.

Qingcheng Mountain

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