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The Lingshan Mountain Adventure

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya,

Another perfect day!

Yesterday American Travis and Alice and I thought that it was time to take an hour long bus adventure, look up towards the heavens and begin to climb. After Alice had tried to explain that it was 'only a small’ mountain I expected fields and ferns upon which to play, but what an unexpectedly amazing day it turned out to be. We stepped off the bus at half past ten in the morning and stepped back on at half past five in the afternoon.

Yes, another perfect day!

Located around twenty five kilometers north of Shangrao County are the erosive and mountainous landforms known as the Lingshan Mountains. It has an area of around one hundred and sixty square kilometers, sixty of which are open to tourists and its main peak is nearly one thousand three meters high. Influenced by the maritime climate, its average temperature is approximately fifteen degrees, there are eight mountain streams and more than one hundred springs throughout the area. Found upon the mountain are two hundred and four species of trees, twelve varieties of bamboo, two hundred and twenty kinds of Chinese herbs and more than twenty species of birds and animals.

The rice terraces not only produce quality rice for the locals and surrounding areas but they also make a brilliant landscape. Sadly though I visited near the end of autumn but will no doubt return next term to see them in their lush green splendor. Many painters, photographers and poets have used them as a theme and have created an abundant of art work centered on its backdrop and I can only imagine its beauty during the wet season.

Astronomical geography enthusiasts after studying satellite maps now believe that the Lingshan area is actually an ancient meteorite crater that has a diameter of over twelve kilometers with its western area destroyed but its outline, especially to the east remaining perfectly ring like.

Lingshan is not without the usual ‘Strange Names & Stories’ that are found at all tourist areas throughout China. For example; Pure Girl Lake is found next to Penetrated Rock which is then found beneath Lover Peak which then leads to Maternal Navel Cliff. Is it just me or is there a sequence and story there? There are others such as Dragons Bead, Jade Rabbit, Angry Rabbit, Celestial Monkey, Hero Mountain and Mountain with Peculiar Shapes.

<u>Lingshan Tea, Food & Accommodation</u>

The locals began to plant tea at the beginning of the Song Dynasty (960-1279) and it was (and still is) known for its high quality which was once a tribute to the Imperial Court in Beijing. Also known as the Oil House of northeast Jiangxi, there are camellia forests almost everywhere in the Lingshan area and more than five million kilos of quality tea oil is produced each year.

For those wanting to spend several peaceful days in the area the Crystal Hotel can be found just above Lingshan Village. For those who catch a taxi or bus to the mountain this is where you will be dropped off as the mountain climb begins right beside the hotel. As far as I know there is no caf&eacute; or small store so you need to bring any food for the climb with you.

A well prepared pricey lunch or dinner can be found at the hotel but those who desire a more local dish to satisfy their after climb hunger then several of the village homes will cook up a feast of village dishes for a small price, simply just locate one of the modern signs and knock on the door.

<u>Buddhism and Taoism.</u>

Lingshan Mountain is also holy place for both Buddhism and Taoism and the Temple Spring on the top of the mountain has supposedly never been dry. The quality of the spring water from both Ling and Guanjing Springs are filled with healthy minerals and the water is not only sweet but is also used to treat heatstroke, inflammation and eye disease. If you have none of the latter, then you can simply feed the rare fish that can be found breeding throughout the area.

Beers N Noodles toya…..shane ___________________________________________________________

The soundtrack to this entry was by The Cure The album was &#8216;Staring At The Sea The Singles’ ____________________________________________________________

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Posted by eddakath 17:00 Archived in China

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