In the Presence of a Giant at Leshan

On July 26, 2012, in Historical Relics, Must-sees, Sichuan, by Jack Li

When planning your itinerary for traveling to China, the Sichuan Province holds many cultural, architectural, and historical treasures. One of its most well known is the Leshan Giant Buddha. Within every detail of its form, the Giant Buddha makes a profound impression carved into the side of a cliff, overseeing its three surrounding rivers. When […]

When planning your itinerary for traveling to China, the Sichuan Province holds many cultural, architectural, and historical treasures. One of its most well known is the Leshan Giant Buddha. Within every detail of its form, the Giant Buddha makes a profound impression carved into the side of a cliff, overseeing its three surrounding rivers. When I went to visit, I could not help but draw a comparison between this structure and one that is famous in my home country, Mount Rushmore. The main differences between these sites however, besides location, is that the Leshan Giant Buddha far surpasses Mount Rushmore in age and close-up viewing access to the public. The Buddha reaches an immense height of 233 ft. and is one of the world’s largest stone statues of the beloved deity. Construction of the Leshan Buddha dates back to the Tang Dynasty  in 713 AD and took nearly ninety years to complete. The location of this grand statue was defined by the convergence of the three neighboring rivers, the Min, Dadu and Qingyi.

Throughout China’s history, the strong currents of these rivers took many lives of those who worked in this watery locale. Due to these losses, the idea was formed to create a Buddha near the waters in hopes of taming their ferocity. Remarkably enough, however, a complex drainage system was also constructed to redirect water away from the Buddha to preserve its form. To see the Buddha, visitors board tour boats that deliver you to just the right locations in order to get close as well as far away views. You also have the option of viewing the great Buddha by entering the park and scaling up the cliff side. This is the best way to get very up close photographs of the Buddha’s features, but you have to put in the work of the ascending and descending climbs in order to get to these perfect observation points. The Leshan Giant Buddha gazes out to the horizon which spans over the meeting of three rivers in the Sichuan Province. Leshan is a must-see China tour for all travelers.

Shunan Bamboo Sea Travel Tips

On September 6, 2011, in Lakes, Popular Provinces, Sichuan, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Shunan Bamboo Sea is 600 to 1,000 metres above sea level and its annual temperature is between 0 to 30 degrees. The winter is not too cold and the summer is not too hot. You can come at any time of the year. Best season to visit Shunan Bamboo Sea: The climate of the Bamboo […]

Shunan Bamboo Sea is 600 to 1,000 metres above sea level and its annual temperature is between 0 to 30 degrees. The winter is not too cold and the summer is not too hot. You can come at any time of the year.

Best season to visit Shunan Bamboo Sea:

The climate of the Bamboo Sea is mild and humid with four distinct seasons. In August, the hottest month, the temperature only averages 27.4 degrees Celsius, and in January, the coldest month, the temperature is not lower than 8 degrees Celsius. Air humidity is above 83% most of the year. So come any time you want.

Shunan Bamboo Sea Route: (none available)

Shunan Bamboo Sea Ticket:

1. RMB 85 per person (RMB 90 if you need insurance)

You can get a discount price of RMB 77 at travel agencies.

2. Free of charge for children under 1.1 metres

How to get to Shunan Bamboo Sea:

By air: There are direct flights from Yibin Airport to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Kunming.

By railroad: It takes six to seven hours from Chengdu to Yibin. It costs RMB 25. There are buses going straight from Yibin to Bamboo Sea and it costs RMB 20. From Chengdu, Kunming, Guiyang, Neijiang and Xunchang there are trains 2003, 2004, 5601, 5604, 5602, 5603, 505, 5606, 8635, 8636, N863, N866, N864, N865 directly to or passing by Yinbin.

By highway: It takes you three hours and RMB 80~90 to travel from Chongqing to Yibin by car. In the city of Yibin there is a convenient highway network. IT is only 50 km from Yibin Southshore Coach Station to Bamboo Sea via Changning, and the coach departs every 15 minutes. All the main roads in the Bamboo Sea scenic zone are concrete roads so it is very convenient.

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.

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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

The Shunan Bamboo Sea

On September 6, 2011, in Lakes, Nature Scenery, Sichuan, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

The Shunan Bamboo Sea is located in Yibing, a city in the southern part of Sichuan Province. The scenic region covers an area of 120 hectares, with a major scenic region of 44 hectares. Dotted with 134 fascinating attractions, the whole bamboo sea scenic region consists of 2 preview areas and 8 scenic zones. There […]

The Shunan Bamboo Sea is located in Yibing, a city in the southern part of Sichuan Province. The scenic region covers an area of 120 hectares, with a major scenic region of 44 hectares. Dotted with 134 fascinating attractions, the whole bamboo sea scenic region consists of 2 preview areas and 8 scenic zones. There are 427 kinds of different bamboos in the scenic region, ranging from ordinary varieties like the Shui Bamboo, the Nan Bomboo to the rare ones, for example, the Julong Bamboo (the largest bamboo in the world). Thanks to the high vegetation coverage there, the Shunan Bamboo Sea has become a natural oxygen bar.

The Shunan Bamboo Sea is a place filled with extraordinary natural beauty. The land there fluctuates a lot and forms more than 500 hills. They are all decorated with verdant bamboos thickly, making them look like giant bonsais. The whole region is covered by a green carpet, with bamboos everywhere. It does live up to its name, “the Shunan Bamboo Sea”.

Apart from the beautiful bamboos, there are also many gorgeous natural attractions in the Bamboo Sea. It is very comfortable for you to spend your leisure time enjoying the splendid waterfall, boating on the elegant lakes, exploring the mysterious caves. If you are tired of the natural scenes, you can visit the museums and the ancient villages nearby, and experience the rich local culture.

Visitors can enjoy some special snacks in the Bamboo Sea, too. For example, the Bamboo Cake and Feast for Panda. The Bamboo Cake is wrapped with Bamboo leaves and served. You can feel the scent of bamboo when you put it into your mouth. As for the Feast for Panda, all the dishes in the feast were made by bamboos or mushrooms grown on bamboos. It is highly advisable to taste them because they are only served in the Shunan Bamboo Sea.

The Shunan Bamboo Sea attractions

The Longyin Temple

The Tianbao Village

The Colorful Waterfall

The Fairy Lake 

The Shunan Bamboo Sea Story

The Origin of the Shunan Bamboo Sea

It is said that the region where the Shunan Bamboo Sea is located now used to be a barren land consisting of giant red stones. There was no plant there at all, even grasses.

One day, a fairy lived in the Heavenly Palace called Jinluan saw the barren land. She wanted to knit a green carpet for the land so much that she sneaked out the palace and descended to the area. Unfortunately, her deed was soon discovered by the Emperor of Heaven. He was so angry that he sent his soldiers to catch her and put her into prison. Another fairy named Yaoqing was ordered to watch out her beside the prison. She is a very kind hearted fairy. When she found out why Jinlun was put into prison, she was very sympathetic about her, and she decided to release Jinluan secretly. After Jinluan was released, the two fairies had a short discussion, and then made up their mind to go to the barren land to finish knitting the green carpet together. However, they were caught and thrown into prison again. Many gods in heaven heard about their stories and were deeply touched by their kindness. So they appealed to the Emperor and pleaded him to show some mercy. Finally, the Emperor agreed. He released the two fairies and ordered them to stay in the mundane world and finish the green carpet. They were not allowed to come back to the Heavenly Palace unless they complete the job. Jinluan and Yaojing were very thankful to those gods who had helped them. They said goodbye to them and then descended to the earth happily.

Year after year, the two fairies kept knitting the carpet, and the barren land became more and more green. When the day the carpet was finished, the land had become a green paradise, that is, the Shunan Bamboo Sea.

Four Girls Mountains Travel Tips

On September 5, 2011, in Mountain Areas, Sichuan, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

The three main attractions in Four Girls Mountains are Changping Ditch, Shuangqiao Ditch and Haizi Ditch.  Meanwhile, Changping Ditch has been developed as an attraction for many years.  It contains forests, gorges and Snow Mountain.  Horses are the main transportation in the scene spot.  Compared with general appreciation, visitors prefer the involved trip in Changping […]

The three main attractions in Four Girls Mountains are Changping Ditch, Shuangqiao Ditch and Haizi Ditch.  Meanwhile, Changping Ditch has been developed as an attraction for many years.  It contains forests, gorges and Snow Mountain.  Horses are the main transportation in the scene spot.  Compared with general appreciation, visitors prefer the involved trip in Changping Ditch.  The feeling of passing through the original forest, streams and Snow Mountain by horse and going forward according to your own willing is really cool.  Of course, the expenses of horses will increase as the journey lengthens.

Best time to visit Four Girls Mountains

The best time to visit Four Girls Mountains is from July to October.  When the spring is coming, the whole mountains which are full of wild flowers are quite attractive.  In autumn, the picturesque of Four Girls Mountains is as beautiful as a cup of good wine.

Four Girls Mountains Tickets

Entrance ticket in boom season: Changping Ditch, 70RMB/person; Shuangqiao Ditch, 80RMB/person; Haizi Ditch, 60RMB/person.

Entrance ticket in slack season: ChangpingDitch, 50RMB/person; Shuangqiao Ditch, 50RMB/person; Haizi Ditch, 40RMB/person.

Sightseeing ticket in boom season: Changping Ditch, 20RMB/person; Shuangqiao Ditch, 80RMB/person.

Sightseeing ticket in slack season: Changping Ditch, 20RMB/person; Shuangqiao Ditch, 60RMB/person.

(Note: boom season is from April to November; slack season is from December to March)

Four Girls Mountain Traffic

There are buses departing to Four Girls Mountain everyday from Chadianzi Passenger Transport Center of Chengdu.  The Departure time is 6:30am, 7:30am and 12:00.  It will take you about 5 hours to get there.  And the ticket is 64RMB/person.

Traffic inside the mountains:

1.  By bus: To protect the environment, the non polluted sightseeing buses in this scene spot use natural gas as fuel.  However, because of the road’s condition, the buses yare just available in Shuangqiao Ditch.  The ticket is 80RMB/person.  You can get on or get off the bus wherever you want.

2.  By horse: Visitors can enjoy riding horses in Changping and Haizi Ditch.  If you don’t have any experience of riding a horse, hiring a groom is recommended.

On foot: if you want to savor the beautiful and magnificence natural scenery, the best choice is on foot.

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

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