Peak Flown From Afar

Peak Flown From Afar

Peak Flown From Afar

Peak Flown From Afar, located near the Lingyin Temple, is the rare ancient grottoes art treasures in Jiangnan area, which can be comparable to the Dazu grottoes in Sichuan province. It has attracted numerous travelers from home and abroad to have a visit there, among which including the famous poet Sudongpo who had described the beautiful Peak Flown From Afar in his poems.

Peak Flown From Afar belongs to the limestone in terms of geologic structure and it is different from the surrounding mountains because of its odd rocks, ancient trees and secluded caves. Traveling there, you will find fantastic rock peaks of cragginess, lush trees, and cave gully from here and there with a total number of 72. There is cold spring set off in the deep of the tree shade in the west side of the Peak Flown From Afar, whose spring water is sparkling and crystal-clear as the jade, and there is a blast of underground springs spurt out in the bright and clean pool surface, as big as a bowl. Regardless of the stream fluctuation, it keeps spewing and the water drops beautifully with its sound like playing the music.

Peak Flown From Afar

Peak Flown From Afar

There is a ligong Tower in the cave of the Longhong Cave of the Peak Flown From Afar, which is the only one Ming Dynasty Tower existing nowadays. It is featuring six sides and six floors, simplicity in structure and unique style and it is made of stone. There is also a CuiWei Pavilion in the middle hillside of the Peak Flown From Afar, small and exquisite, with the mountain path winding around. It looks simple but elegant among the pines of old-growth trees, and it is built to memorize Yufei, a hero in South Song Dynasty. In the cliff of the caves and the creeks of the Peak Flown From Afar, you will also find various Stone Carvings from the Five Dynasties to the Song Dynasty and Yuan Dynasty with a total number of more than 470 (among which 335 is well preserved). It will be a great place for you to visit if you are a Buddhists.

Just make your plan to have a visit there; it will be fantastic for you to walk in the deep Buddhist atmosphere to search for and to appreciate the charm of Buddhist art, and you can also experience the lingering charm of the rich history and culture hid between the mountain and water of the West Lake.

My Father Is an ALS Person—Ma Ziyi

Ma Ziyi’s father Ma Yalai and mother Chen Qingchun is university classmate and they live in west Shili Village, Yunshan Street, Qinzhou City Shandong Province. The eight-year-old XiaoZi originally has a happy family, however, this happy life broken in one spring day in 2009 because of ALS happened on her father who is only 38 years old. From then on, all the happiness and hope of this family have also been completely frozen.

 The family was happy and sweet before.

 Since the father of the little Ziyi got sick, her mother has sought treatment for her husband for one year but ended up with failure. At the same time spent all home savings. Now the family can only live in a confined space in ruins.

 As there is no central heating in the ruin house, the whole family can only do live in the cold in winter and the water in water vat will be frozen then.

 But her mother uses both hands every two seconds to dad on the chest of her husband lying on the bed for totally three years in order to extend the father’s life. The mother said, she insisted on her husband instead of abandoning him, this is because of love, daughter and her husband here then their home is here. She doesn’t hope her daughter cannot see her dad when she is pushing the door after school.

Though the father is staying on the bed, but as long as he is here, there is a sweet, a love, a kind of company. Maybe accompanying in the dad’s side is the most happiness thing to the little Ziyi.

Not well-off family conditions cannot offer Ziyi good living environment and can only live a simple life and look for fun by her and treats the big yellow dog in the home as her playmate.

 Many peole came to see and help them when their story spreading on the internet.

Their story has moved by tens of thousands of Internet users and their readers. The micro film “The Youth of Malaiya” is a story based on the special family produced by famous poet Haixiao. In the photo, Haixiao visit this family and donated to them on behalf of this micro film team.

Meijiawu Tea Plantation

Meijiawu Tea Plantation, located in the western hinterland of West Lake Scenic Area in Hangzhou city and south of the MeiLing tunnel, is along the Meiling road on both sides with the depth of more than ten kilometers, it is also called “Ten Kilometers Mei Wu.” Meijiawu is an ancient village featuring a history of more than 600 years, and there are more than 500 rural households there with the permanent agricultural population of about 1262 people and 502 inhabitants.

Meijiawu Tea Plantation

Meijiawu Tea Plantation

Characterized by green mountain, spectacular appearance, docks, clear water, tea and profound culture, the Meijiawu Tea culture village is the first level conservation area of the West Lake Longjing Tea and one of the leading producers, and also the farm natural villages and tea culture leisure sightseeing tourist area in Hangzhou suburb that featuring strong tea characteristics. The Meijiawu Tea culture village has been honored as “Hangzhou Landscape Green Village”, “Civilization Villiage”, “Patriotism Education Base of Zhejiang Province”, “Hangzhou Top 10 Agricultural Demonstration Park”, “The Comprehensive Well-off Construction Demonstration Village”, “Zhejiang Province Farmhouse Characteristic Model”, and “National Agricultural Tourism Model” and so on.

Meijiawu Tea Plantation

Meijiawu Tea Plantation

Meijiawu Village has been a sightseeing area open to foreign guests since the fifty and sixty years in last century. It has hosted hundreds of international celebrity and head of state in recent decades, among which including the Chinese leaders such as Premier Zhouenlai, President Jiangzeming, Vice President Zeng qinghong and also some other international heads of state and government of Russia, America, Vietnam, Romania, Cambodia and friendly personnel from all over the world.

Meijiawu Tea Plantation

Meijiawu Tea Plantation

Setting in the northern foot of Langchang Hill, the Meijiawu Tea Plantation is surrounded by green mountains for four sides. Just like the Longjing and Lion Mountain, the Meijiwu Village produces the Longjing tea characterized by green color, strong fragrance, tasty flavor, beautiful shape, which won great praise in home and abroad.

When traveling there and through the Meiling tunnel, you will see green tea everywhere on mountain and farmland. Roadside tea houses attach to each other and the houses under the decoration of the green mountains there look beautiful as a painting.

Lingyin Temple

Lingyin Temple

Lingyin Temple

Lingyin Temple, located in the northwest side of the West Lake, is also called the “ Yunlin Temple” and it is a famous Buddhist temple in China. It belongs to the West Lake scenic area and also one of the famous ancient temple in Jiangnan area.

Lingyin Temple is firstly built in Dongjin period ( AD 326 years), and it has a long history of about 1,700 years. It is the earliest ancient temple in Hangzhou and also one of the top ten ancient temples of the Zen Buddhism in China. Located in the west of the Lingyin mountain of the West Lake, with its back is BeiGaoFeng and faces the Peak Flown From Afar and both two peaks carrying sceneries to decorate the green forest and trees, deep mountains, ancient temple and various cloud. The Lingyin Temple nowadays are rebuilt on the basis of the reconstruction in the late Qing dynasty. Its distribution are similar with the jiangnan temple pattern, which divided into three main halls on the central axis of the temple, in turn, for the great hall, Ursa major, YaoShiDian three main halls: the Tianwang Hall, the Daxiong Hall and the Yaoshi Hall.

Lingyin Temple

Lingyin Temple

The Lingyin Temple is a great attraction featuring tranquil environment and beautiful scenery, it is worthy your visit there.

Tips for travel there: 1) Opening time: 7:30 a.m.-17:00 p.m. 2) Ticket price: 45 RMB/ adult for Peak Flown From Afar and 30 RMB/ adult for the Lingyin Temple and you should enter the Peak Flown From Afar scenic spot area first before entering into the Lingyin Temple. 3 RMB/ adult for each wick sweet in the temple. 3) Best time to visit: Spring time as it is the beautiful time when hundreds of flowers in bloom. 4) Suggestion duration: 2 hours. 5) Ways to go there: Take the Y2 city public bus from the railway station to the Lingyin stop with the ticket price of 3 RMB; or take the No. 7, 807, 1, 2, 4 public buses in city center; you can also take the J17, J18, K837, K7, K807, Y1 and Y2.

Ancient Village Wuzhen

Wuzhen, being an AAAAA level attraction in China, is one of the six ancient towns in Jiangnan area with a history of more than six thousand years. It is a typical water ancient town enjoying the reputation of “ Land of fish and rice, the mansion of silk.”It has been listed as the historical ans cultural famous town in Zhejiang province in 1991 and this ancient town started its protection and tourism development project in 1999.

Ancient Village Wuzhen

Ancient Village Wuzhen

Featuring more than 2,000 years vicissitudes, the Wuzhen ancient town still maintains its original style and pattern intactly, whose woodcarving and stone carving craft of the girder, pillar, door and window are exquisite. The local residents still live in the old house there. The whole town makes its street by the river as the bridges and streets connect with each other and the houses are built along the river. If you have a visit there, you can view the bridge, the running water and local residence, stone road, antique wooden house, the smell of clear water, which is a kind of fantastic temperament and interest and a beauty atmosphere.

Ancient Village Wuzhen

Ancient Village Wuzhen

Wuzhen ancient town is a great place worthy your visit as it has enjoyed so many reputations: AAAAA level scenic spot; one of the six water ancient towns in Jiangnan area; Outstanding achievement award of the Asia-pacific region protection in 2003; China’s top ten ancient town; China’s one of the ten most beautiful towns and villages; China’s top ten historical and cultural town; European tourists favorite Chinese scenic spots; Top ten leisure tourism scenic area in Jiaxing city; The first PATA gold prize in mainland China; CCTV China’s top ten charming famous town in 2005; Zhejiang province intangible cultural heritage tourism classic scenic spot.

Ancient Village Wuzhen

Ancient Village Wuzhen

Travel information: 1) Opening time: 8:00 a.m. -17:30 p.m. in summer time and 8:00 a.m. -17:00 p.m. in winter time; 2) Ticket price: 150 RMB/ adult ( one day tour including the Wuzhen ancient town and Leifeng Pagod); 3) Duration suggestion: 2 days; 4) Best time to visit: Spring time and autumn time; 5) There are free bus in both Dong Zha and Xi Zha during 8:00 a.m. to 16:30 p.m. 6) Outdoor Movies in the Xi Zha is free for visitors to see.

Six Harmonies Pagoda

Six Harmonies Pagoda

Six Harmonies Pagoda

The Six Harmonies Pagoda is the best place to view the tide and it is built to deal with the Qiantang tide by Wuyue emperor in the North Song Dynasty. The Six Harmonies Pagoda features seven sides and eight floors with the height of 59.89 meters. It looks so magnificent and grand and you can have a birds’ eyes view of the Qiantang scenery when overlooking from the Six Harmonies Pagoda. There is a new Chinese pagoda garden near the Six Harmonies Pagoda. Entering into it, you will see more than one hundred ancient pagodas there from every dynasty and every region, concentratedly showing the essence of the Chinese pagoda culture.

Six Harmonies Pagoda

Six Harmonies Pagoda

The appearance of the Six Harmonies Pagoda looks generous and promising and it has been described as admiral by many people. You can view the spectacular Qiantang River Bridge, the steaming sails, verdant hills and the wide river surface of the Qiantang River from the Six Harmonies Pagoda, which feast your eyes on all of them. When visiting its third floor, you will see a lot of various graphic patterns graved inside it, including birds, animals, flowers and immortals, which are characterized by meticulous sculpture, exquisite conception, marvelous structure, and it is the masterpiece of the ancient architectural art in China. It has also been listed as the national key relics protection unit in the year of 1961. It is a wonderful place for you to have a visit and a place worthy your visit during your Hangzhou tour.

Travel tips: 1) Opening time: 06:30 a.m.-17:30 p.m. 2) Ways to go there: take the No. 2, K4, 308, 504, and 5 to the Six Harmonies Pagoda stop; 3) Ticket price: 20 RMB/adult; 4) Duration suggestion: 2 hours; 5) Attractions nearby: Impression West Lake, Lingshan Cave area of the West Lake, Song Dynasty Town , the Thousand Islets Lakes; 6) Best time to visit: September when you can view one line of the Qian River on the Six Harmonies Pagoda.

Xitang Water Town

Being one of the six ancient water town in Jiangnan area, the Xitang water town is located in the Jiashan County, the junction site of Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang province. With 10 kilometers aways from the Jiashan city center, the Xitang has a population of 86,000 and covers an area of 83.61 square kilometers, of which the ancient town area is 1.04 square kilometers. It is a AAAA scenic spot with a history of about one thousand year and has been listed in the tentative list of the World Historical Cultural Heritage in 2001 by the the United Nations.

Xitang Water Town

Xitang Water Town

With a long history, abundant human resource, beautiful natural scenery, the Xitang ancient town is one of the birthplace of the Wuyuan Culture. It has developed as a prosperous and populous town in the Ming dynasty for the land of rice and fish, and the economic foundation and the convenience of the channel of the silk mansion.

Xitang Water Town

Xitang Water Town

The nine riverways interweaves there to divide the ancient town into eight parts, among which 27 old bridges connect the city with town together. There are also many old house yards there, which are the crystallization of becoming rich for the ancestors at that time. As Xitang water town made the waterway as their main passage then to avoid the external harassment, it remain perfect appearance until now so that the ancestral heritage can continue.

Xitang Water Town

Xitang Water Town

What makes the Xitang greatly different from other water towns is that The biggest diffidence of the streets of the Lin River of the ancient town have corridor sheds, which total near one thousand meter and look like the long corridor of the Summer Palace. Traveling there, you won’t get wet in the rainy days and won’t bask in the sunny days.

Travel tips: 1) Ticket price: 100 RMB/adult; 2) Opening time: 24 hours; 3) Suggestion duration: 2 days; 4) Best time to visit: April when the cuckoo flower is blossoming and the temperature is comfortable; 5) Stay one night there as the biggest characteristic is the morning time and nightfall time and evening time there; 6) Do remember to take the mosquito repel with you in summer and some other sunscreen.

Barra temple

Barra temple is also known as Juehai Temple, Tianhou Temple and Zhongjue Buddhist Temple. It is dedicated to Ma Zu which was a fortune teller in Putian of Fujian Province during the Song Dynasty. Since the Childhood, Ma  Zu showed the talent for the forecasting of Future. When she grew up, she became a nun. But unfortunately, at the age of only 28 years, she died.

Barra Temple

Barra Temple

It is a legend that after the death of Ma ZU, her spirit has helped merchants and fisherman to head off the danger rolling in the sea. That is why, the local fishermaen of Fujian constructed what is now known as Barra Temple in her commemoration. Ma Zu was also granted the honorific of Queen of the Heaven and later she became the Sea Goddess during the Qing Dynasty. The transom of front gate of the Barra Temple is engraved in golden characters the name of this temple-“Barra Temple”. The two side of the gate couplets are respectively “Benefiting all Human beings” and “Boundless Humanity and Generosity”. This temple is composed of the stone hall, audience Hall, Buddhist Pavilion, Hongren Hall in the traditional temple style of Buddhist. The Barra Temple and the history of Macau are very much closely related to each other.
The Barra Temple also enjoys a good status among the Macanese and it is visited by the worshippers from all field every day. On the 23rd March, in the Chinese Lunar calendar, it is believed to be the birthday of Ma ZU and grand celebration as well as a lot of religious activities occurs at that time.

Barra Square

Barra Square

The name of Macao which is known as Macau in Portuguese also comes from the translation of Ma Zu by the Cantonese to Ma Jiao. The Barra Temple is also incorporated in the design of the Macao Dollar which reflects its special status.

 

Macau Maritime Museum

Macau maritime Museum is built on that site where the first group of the Portuguese explorers landed on Macau in the year 1553. It occupies an area of about 800 square meters. It was enlarged in the year 1990 and this museum follows the typical layout of museum of European style. The exhibits explore the major themes on the history of the maritime industry in Macau, Portugal and China.

Macau Maritime Museum

Macau Maritime Museum

The main building of Macau Maritime Museum is three-storey white building which is architecture in the shape of a boat in a full sail. Big windows of glass providing an illusion of the observation tower of a boat. This museum building from a distance appears like a majestic boat which is anchoring at the tranquil port.

This museum has been divided into five sections. There are exhibits on the first floor portraying the techniques and traditions of the fishermen in Macau. These exhibits include the displaying of fishing techniques, fishing boat models and costumes. On the second floor, the exhibits survey the history of the geographical discoveries and Portuguese explorations. While the top floor of this house exhibits the marine transport and technology, navigation and dredging. The exhibits also includes the Guia Lighthouse which was the first lighthouse of China, various types of ropes, three-dimensional model of Macau and the variety of boat models.

Macau Maritime Museum

Macau Maritime Museum

The Aquarium Gallery of this museum has four tanks and each is devoted to a different theme of sub-water world. The first among these represent the fresh water river bed, second one a harbor and the third one a coral reef. The last tank features the sunken boat’s scenes in the deep sea.

There is a square outside this museum which you should not miss. From there you can get the scenery of the river bank as well as that of the busy harbor. Sail boats are also available for you if you wish to sail in the sea.

 

Kun Iam Temple

Kun Iam temple is one of the magnificent and more impressive temples of the Macau and the other two being A-Ma Temple and Lin Fung Temple or Lotus Temple. It has history which takes us back to as early as the year 1632 in the Ming dynasty. It has many similarities with that of the ancient Chinese temples. This temple is also famous as it was the site where the first Sino American Treaty was signed in the year 1844.

Kun Iam Temple

Kun Iam Temple

Kun Iam Temple has mainly three shrines suited one behind the other. It also consists of the Hall of Sakyamuni, one Hall of Buddha of Longevity and Kum Iam hall having many small shrines around these three main halls. The Hall of Sakyamuni faces the gate of the Buddhist monastery and is dedicated with the three gilded statues. The statue of Sakyamuni sits in the middle. There is a bronze bell which is more than 300 years old hanging besides the hall. The Longevity hall is adorned by the Buddha of Longevity. Mild and serene, this statue is the symbol of purpose of Buddha for delivering all living creatures form torment. Kun Iam hall is the significant hall of the temple. Kun Iam is arrayed in embroidered silk and in crown it is flanked by eighteen Buddhas. It is said that one of them is to be carved in the image of Marco Polo who has studied Buddhism in this temple.

Kun Iam Temple

Kun Iam Temple

There are terraced garden at the back of this temple. The first Sino-American treaty Wogn Ha or Wangxia Treaty was signed on one of the stone desks here. In addition to this, there are many calligraphic works here. You can also find some cultural relics which were brought together in this temple. This well decorated and furnished temple is worth a visit.