16 Oct 2010 – Day 4 of Shantou Trip

After the over night 12 hours train ride, we arrived at Nanchang at about 6 am in the morning.

After meeting our guide,we hopped onto our coach for a 2 minutes ride to this restaurant for our breakfast.  This was where most of the tourists had their breakfast and it was smart of our guide to rush us here ahead of the crowd.

Breakfast is buffet style, but I wasn’t impressed with the spread.  Above is what I had for breakfast.

This was the coach for the next 3 days of our journey.

After about 2.5 hours, we arrived at Longhu Mountain 江西鹰潭龙虎山风景区 which is located at about 20km south-west of 鹰潭市.  For more information on Longhu Mountain, please visit this site http://www.longhushan.com.cn/

Upon entering, we hopped onto this buggy that took us to the 1st attraction.

 

1st attraction is 正一观祖师殿.  Above is a tower near the entrance to the village named 上清古镇 .

A woman chopping firewood.  Firewood is still commonly used in villages.

A wishing tree at the entrance to the village.

Heading into the village, we saw lots of construction going on.  Guess the villagers also caught the upgrading bugs.

We came past this village clinic and noticed that all kids seeking treatment were put on the drip.

A grand arch at the entrance to 天师府.

天师殿

Offerings of big red joss sticks from worshippers.

No idea why padlocks were secured onto a chain round this tree.  The guide did explain but I was busy shooting at the back of the group most of the time.

Leaving the village, took another shot of the tower from a different angle.

Besides the buggies that we took earlier, there are buses and trams too.  However, each of these mode of transport ply different routes within Longhu Mountain.  We took the bus and then transferred onto the tram for our journey to the next attraction.

Alighting from the tram, we had to take a walk on this broadwalk.

Finally, we arrived at Longhu Mountain’s main attraction, 龙虎山仙水岩.

Looking across the river is a cliff known as 碧水丹山 with many caves on its face filled with ancient coffins believed to date back about 2600 years.  Sky was hazy that day affecting most of the shots.

Another shot of the magnificent cliff.

A closer view of the monastery.

A zoomed in view of the coffins on the cliff.

More coffins littered all over the cliff wall.

Visitors to the park waiting aniously on the river bank in anticipation for the performance to begin.

Some took to the boats, prefering a closer view of the performance.

Repelling stunts.

Demonstration on hoisting of the coffin.

After the performance, we waited for boats like this to take us over to the other side of the river where there were shops and restaurants for our lunch.

Our group boarding the boat to cross the river.

This is a bamboo raft that vistors used to cruise down the river, taking in the magnificent view of the many hills and cliffs.  We were supposed to take this raft curise in the morning, but being behind schedule and not wanting to miss the stunt performance, our guide suggested we took a different boat curise after lunch instead.

This is the type of boats that we used to cruised both upstream and then back downstream.  Notice the bamboo poles?  3 persons were needed to push the boat upstream.  But going downstream, only the person at the stern is needed to control the rudder and an oar.

Another look at the boat going downstream.

A bridge connecting 2 cliffs.  No idea if it is accessible to visitors, or anyone keen to venture up to that height.

A bamboo raft, after offloading its load of guests, being pushed upstream for another trip.

One last attraction before calling it a day at Longhu Mountain, the Elephant Task Hill 象鼻山.

A look at 象鼻山from ground level.  Does it look like the head of an elephant and its task?

A more levelled view from the top of another hill.

Leaving Longhu Mountain, we travelled about 2 hours to Yushan 玉山 where we stayed for the night.

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~ by grbenji on 24/10/2010.

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