Sunday, February 12, 2017

Journey to the West~

If you guys love to watch journey to the west, then you must be familiar with the most lovable character of the stories, which is Sun Wu Kong, the Monkey King. The next place we visit in Guizhou Province, to be exact located in Anshun, is Huangguoshu National Park. Okay, so what is the connection between the national park and the monkey king series?

Since in this national park, there's quite a few site attractions you can see, the first thing you'll get to visit is Luo Si Tan waterfall, which located in the national park. In the entrance to the first waterfall, you will be able to notice these statues.
Those are the main characters from Journey to The West~! You have Sun Wu Kong, Zhu Ba Jie, the Monk and Wu Jing. Well, the reason is to give a memorial statue, since it is said that they take a lot of scene in this area.
Especially, nearby the area above, which is also our first destination of the national park, the famous Luo Sitan Waterfall. ^^ Beside the waterfall, there's a little road which is named "Journey to the West" path, where they made every important scene statue in the area, so you can more or less get what "Journey to the West" story is about.
Next destination is the famous Aquatic Stone Forest, though this place doesn't have anything to do with "Journey to The West", the origin of this place is quite unique itself.
So it is said that a long, long time ago, this place is actually an ocean. A one big ocean itself, but one day the ocean dried up (the guide didn't tell us what the reason is so I dunno as well), and what's left are these gigantic stones, forming like a forest stone. So, every single stone you see here is those can be found deep down the ocean.
Another cute thing about this place is that they have dates on their stone. So you basically just need to follow the stone dated 1st January up to 31st December to get out of the place. And in the end of the place you'll get to see the house below, which is said another shooting place of Journey to the West, which shoot the scene of the Zhu Ba Jie trying to marry some girl here.
Once you walk past down the stream and taking another bus (the bus which takes you from one attraction place to another attraction place in the national park) to the next destination. You'll get to see the main attraction of this national park.
So as to why this last attraction site has a direct connection with the monkey king character is because if you remember what the monkey king has always been saying about himself is, "I'm Sun Wu Kong, from Huaguo Mountain, Shuilian Cave!" And so here it is~! Where the monkey king lives~!
To get to this spot, you have two alternatives, whether to walk or to get down by a very long escalator. If you choose to take the escalator then you'll have to pay RMB 50 for a trip down, and another RMB 50 for a trip up, so it'll cost you RMB 100 in total. The most expensive escalator you'll get to take in the world (?).
What so special about this place is that behind the waterfall curtain, there's a cave, which is called Suilian Cave. You can get into the cave to see how it looks like inside, but it's said the place is super narrow and kind of slippery, so if you're not a fan of hiking or doing any outdoor activities, you might want to refrain yourself to go through the cave and just see it from faraway. It will take you around 30 minutes from this spot to the cave.
I don't get to see what's inside, but my dad went to take a look and he said that it's not that narrow and not that slippery as what has been told by the guide. And I kinda regret that I didn't go to see what's inside~ T-T

@ Seoucial / Inggrid Ng

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