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My Beautiful Baiyun Shan Adventure

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya, Oh what a life hey! It's kind of like walking around with ones head in the clouds! Or so it was today as I spent my day walking in what are known as the White Cloud Hills. So many people describe Guangzhou City as being fast, noisy and smelly along with many other words to give another the views of an ugly city. I have met several foreigners who all had been given the same impression but after a day or two of being here none of us can seem to find the overcrowded and noisy areas. Sure the malls and pedestrian streets have a mass of frustratingly slow moving people and these areas could be described as being noisy but...I don't know, sometimes I think people write things just because they sound cool. Where is the Guangzhou the other people told me about? Anyhow, no matter how crowded or not so crowded a city is it is always good to simply get away from crowds of people, cars, buses and buildings everywhere you look. So as I now knew how to get to Buiyun Shan (Bus 24 from Zhongshan Lu at the Gongyuanqian Metro Station) it was time to rise and shine early and spend the day 'walking in the clouds'. Or so the Cantonese will tell you. Situated north east of downtown Guangzhou (about half an hours bus ride or 15 kms) you will find Baiyun Shan (White Cloud Hills) which are apart of the Dayu Ranges that the city of Guangzhou has been built in and around. There are about thirty peaks and most of them once had either, a temple, a monastery or a pagoda built upon them. The mountain has been given then title 'Most Beautiful Mountain in Guangzhou' since ancient times and Moxing Ling (Star Touching Peak), is the highest peak and stands at three hundred and eighty two meters above sea level. I won't bother using any more of my own words to describe Baiyun Shan, I'll allow the Chinese to do that for me. The following I got from two notice boards on the mountain. There were many more but I think just a short run down on the mountain itself, the temple and their history is enough. <u>The Baiyun Shan Adventure</u>[/i]</b> [/i] Baiyun Mountain has been well known long before[/i].[/i][/i] [/i] During the Warring States Period many celebrities visited the mountain. In the Jin Dynasty (AD265 to 420) the mountain presented a lot of attractive landscapes. In the Tang Dynasty (AD618 to 907) it was a famous scenic spot . Several scenes of Baiyun Mountain have been put in the list ''The eight famous scenic attractions of Guangzhou' since the Song Dynasty (AD960 to 1279). Guangzhou people always like going to this mountain for sight seeing. [/i] [/i] Many celebrities in history and at the present time once visited it. [/i] [/i] Since the reform and opening up policy was carried out, some new fascinating scenic spots such as; the Mingechungu Natural Birdcage, Guangzhou Steles, Nengren Temple, Yuntai Garden, Sculpture Park and Peach Blossom Brooklet have been put up. They shape up a colourful gallery of landscapes along with previous Moxing Summit, Baiyun Dusk View spot and Tiannan Diyifeng. [/i] [/i] All of them are optimal destinations of tourists who go to Guangzhou. [/i] [/i] <u>Nengren</u>[/i]<u> Temple</u></b>[/i]</b><u></u>[/i]</b> [/i] This temple was built in the year 1851. [/i] At a place named Yuhong Cave was a little hut alone in the year AD960. [/i] [/i] A stream flows by the place and all around are mountains and deep valleys, Where ever you see beautiful scenes catch the eyes. It was recorded in history that Sun Yet Sen and his wife Song Qing Ling visited here in 1924. The construction of the original temple lasted several decades until it became a powerful one. Unfortunately, due to natural calamaties and wars all the buildings were broken, the path that led to the original temple was covered by long grass and few people reached the place. [/i] [/i] After liberation in 1949 this relic was renoticed. [/i] A tea house was soon opened and more and more people came to visit.[/i] [/i] Under concerns of the Peoples Government of Guangzhou, reconstruction of the temple had been progressed in the Autumn of 1993. More than one year later a magnificent building had been finished and was opened to the public on May Day 1995. The temple occupies more land than 10,000 square meters and has a construction of over 1000 square meters. The buildings are Daxiongbao Palace, Ciyun Palace, Tianwang Palace, Dicang Palace, Liuzu Palace, a Bell Tower and a Drum Tower. [/i] [/i] Visitors can still enjoy the view of the temple in the old days. [/i] Now how cute are they, they make you want to grab the writer and give them a big hug just for trying. They were two of the better and more understandable notice boards I've come across in China. In fact those wanting to visit China but have the big fear of travelling to a country where under half its population can speak its own national language let alone English, Guangzhou is the place for you. Like Shanghai most people you come across can understand you and converse with you. I had a wonderful adventure on Baiyun Shan today and will return to hopefully walk around the entire base of the mountain where the little electric cars silently speed along and scare the absolute hell out of you when they come into your peripheral vision. As I was leaving I was told that each section takes about two hours to walk or you can take an electric car for eight to ten Yuan for each section. I think the mountain is broken into three or four sections. Why? I have no idea as I didn't notice until I was leaving so I didn't have time to ask, I began my day by walking up the stairs from the bottom of the mountain to the Nengren Temple. Though the current buildings are not ancient the fact that it stands on ground where a little hut stood long before them is rather cool along with the fact that there really was an another ancient temple there prior to human neglect and wars took it from the world. The temple is peaceful and in some parts would offer some great views but my sky was grey and overcast. Too see all the sites you simply continue climbing the stairs at the back of the temple and when you reach the Shangding Square (I think it's called that anyhow) where the cable car ends continue following the road upwards. Each site is Five Yuan to enter but if you are lucky like me, most of the ticket people are either asleep or will wave you through with a big happy smile on their face. I found everything worth seeing especially the small Art Gallery where I found some beautiful works of art! Unlike most art galleries they actually asked me if I would like to take some pictures. I of course took many, so I've added just a few to this page. At the Hill Top Park (or Moxing Summit) you are welcomed by stunning views all around you of the city and countryside. I really am amazed at how green Guangzhou really is. I spent an hour or more going between the two hill top view stations before deciding which way to descend. I chose to exit in a westerly direction and to deal with where I ended up when I got there. I took the Morlay (?) Track down and it was a beautiful and quiet walk. It should take about an hour or so but I stopped and chatted to the few surprised people who saw a foreigner coming the other way. Why are you here? They would ask. I am walking! I would answer. Where are you from? I'm from Xian! That answer always leaves people confused. Many of those I met were elderly locals all heading up the mountain for their daily exercise and I must say that after being here for four years the Chinese elderly certainly put our elderly to shame when it comes to physical fitness and health. In every town or city you will always find a hill where hundreds of them head to for their daily exercise. And that hill, like Baiyun Shan is not a tiny thing as most of the time it even leaves me a little buggered. When I reached the bottom I found myself at the Western Ticket Gate and from here I was hoping to catch an electric car all the way back around to the Yantai Gardens/Cable Car/Bus 24 Gate. Here I found that the mountain was broken into different sections and that the electric car in the middle section wasn't running. I tried to find out if there were cars usually running but the girls English wasn't enough and neither was my Chinese (Mandarin) or for that matter, Cantonese (Guangdong Hwa). I love listening to Guangdong Hwa. I seriously sounds nothing at all like Mandarin. Where Mandarin can sound sharp and harsh Guangdong Hwa sounds much more joyful and fun. It's full of ups and downs and stops and starts and in some ways reminds me more if Indian than Mandarin. Not that it does sound anything like Indian but it just seems to remind me more of Indian than Chinese. Anyhow enough of that, if anyone ever finds themselves at the end of the Morlay Track (Western Gate) and needs to get back to the front gate (south gate/cable car etc) you need to cross the road and head left until you come across a bus stop and crossing this road can take anything up to ten minutes. There just never seems to be a break in the traffic long enough to cross safely! Here I was told you can catch either Bus No: 127 or Bus No: 332. I caught 127 so I can guarantee it will get you there. Whether 332 will, I have no idea One thing I didn't do today was check out the huge natural birdcage. I will be here for another few weeks so I think I have plenty of time to figure it out. I want to move on as soon as I get my new passport but on the other hand I want to stay here for the Chinese New Year festivals. I have no idea what it will be like here in Guangzhou but I have a feeling maybe they will be much quieter than my past five as I haven't come across a singe fireworks stall or store. This could be a good thing or it could be a bad thing! Beers N Noodles toya.....shane _____________________________________________________________________ The soundtrack to this entry was by one of the greatest song writers of all time...Fish The album was 'Vigil in a Wilderness Of Mirrors' ______________________________________________________________________

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