Monday, November 3, 2008
On October 25th, I was invited to accompany one of my classes of Juniors to Qing Yun Shan. This is a gorgeous nature reserve located about 2 hours South West of Fuzhou. The area has a number of beautiful waterfalls and is known as an "oxygen bar" because of the fresh mountain air.
One of the really impressive things about China is the importance placed on family! It is lovely to see family members of all ages sharing weekends and special times together. Here is a cute picture of a young girl who was out with her family. Also included is this photo of some elderly gentlemen relaxing over a game in a shady section of the park.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
One of the main attractions is Seven Star Cave. The mountains around Guilin are mostly limestone. As a result, caves and underground streams are very common. Seven Star Cave is a huge cave that was discovered many years ago. They have a well developed path through the cave. Coloured lights are used to illuminate many of the unique formations. Names have been given to many of the formations. A lot of imagination is needed to see some of the shapes. I have included pictures of some of the easier to interpret shapes.
The final day of my vacation was spent in Guilin. Not far from my hotel was one of the "must see" attractions in Guilin - Seven Star Scenic Area. Seven-Star Scenic Area is a large park set not far from the centre of the city. To enter the park I walked across The Liberation Bridge and then across the Flower Bridge. The park has many attractions and has been beautifully laid out with lots of nice paths to stroll along, and many different attractions for both the old and the young to enjoy.