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A great day out

I negotiated 100 yuan one way from Jiangyou by taxi. You pay at the entrance (half price with proof... read more

Reviewed June 14, 2013
Ian W
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Kettering, United Kingdom
What a great way to spend the day with my new Chinese family

I'm going to write a bit of a blog review, with highlights and lowlights as there are no english... read more

Reviewed April 4, 2013
LeeVella
,
Gold Coast, Australia
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

I negotiated 100 yuan one way from Jiangyou by taxi. You pay at the entrance (half price with proof you are over 60), , but then there is a 20 minute uphill walk to the car park, so if you do as I did, make sure the taxi takes you the last bit. The chair lift is at the end of the carpark with several shops selling snacks, tat, bottles of cold drinks etc.All at double the normal price.. Lots of birds, butterflies and wild life here.
Take the chair lift unleess you fancy a rather rigorous climb, it's included in the ticket.
You walk round the site on well constructed paths and steps, clearly signposted in English. The paths are shaded by trees and there are numerous viewing points. No need to take the electric, overpriced cart, it only runs about 150 metres, one way 30 yuan.
The site has sheer cliffs made up of devonian rubble and hence unstable, as was proved when the 2008 earthquke hit. All that remains of 1 temple is the roof. It's a bit touristy. Yes there are monks, but the chants are prerecorded and tannoyed. You can pay extra to have your fortune told, burn incense, light a candle or write a wish on a red ribbon to hang with all the other red ribbons . yes there is a reclining buddha, nice statues, calm temples, streams and woodland and great views, especially from the top. Watch out for the haze.
Watch out for the mausoleums in a little group by the path. Each one contains 3 statues. The first is your judge. He has a copy of "This is your life", because you are dead. On either side of him are the good guy and the ogre, who will hand out your treatment depending on how you led your life..
Eat at the signposted nearby hotel, surprisingly cheap with good food.
My BIG TIP is to get there early. As you leave, you see all the crowds arriving, and you know you will get a seat on the bus from the carpark all the way back to Jiangyou, and you didn't have to queue anywhere

Date of experience: June 2013
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Reviewed April 4, 2013 via mobile

I'm going to write a bit of a blog review, with highlights and lowlights as there are no english reviews here yet. Also, it's best if you go with somebody that can translate for you.
We started at the bus station with my Chinese relatives haggling to get a private taxi to take 6 of us to the mountain. We got a small minivan for 80CNY one way. Dropped off at the bottom car park, 67CNY each adult ticket, then a 20 minute walk up to the next car park.
Had some lunch at a little local restaurant, 110CNY to feed us all, which the relatives said was abit expensive, i thought it was cheap. We then walked up 847 steps straight up, then another couple of hundred which I didn't count.
This is where the fun and education started. Without my lovely translators, I would not have known what was going on. Walk towards the gold symbols with your eyes closed, if you touch the wall and touch the gold symbol you will have long life or many riches, a lot of fun anyway. Then you move up the hill, past statues, temples, 1000 year old bells, kung fu exhibition, gorgeous views, amusement park, hotel, flying fox ride, sled ride and the usual food & touristy joints.
If you decide to go into a temple with "monks" to light some incense and pray, be prepared to "donate" 100CNY or more to hear about your future... Doh! No English, so you pay and hear nothing. After a lot of discussion, my Chinese relatives decided that this was a bit dodgy.
Past numerous other interesting sites (I won't give everything away) to the top where we paid 10CNY each adult to watch the tight rope act. The highlight at the top of the mountain.
Then back down the mountain to catch the bus back to JiangYou, 11CNY each.
In conclusion it was a fantastic day out, very educational, a lot of fun, great exercise, awesome photo opportunities and a great way to get to know my new Chinese relatives. Today we're off to LaiBai...

Date of experience: April 2013
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