Friday, 13 February 2009

FuFu Travel - Xiqiao Mountain, Foshan
Tuesday - 30 . December . 2008


The bus fare is RMB 5 to Xiqiao from Foshan downtown.

Besides the Chinese temples and other examples of ancient architecture, the downtown of Foshan has many other sights too. Half an hour of the journey by bus from the downtown, we finally came to the outskirts of the city.


Xiqiao Mountain National Scenic Forest Park.

With stunning natural beauty, 72 queer peaks and 42 serene caves, Xiqiao Mountain (西樵山) is star-studded by lakes, waterfalls, springs, riffles, rocks, cliffs, ponds and terraces, where lush and verdant greens and thick mosses distribute densely and abundant water reserves treasure. It is a national forest park after all, one of the most famous mountains in Guangdong Province and the people loud it as the Pearl of South China .


西樵山 - 國家級風景名勝區.


The useful signboard courtesy by the scenic spot community.


Entrance fee is RMB50 for an adult and RMB25 for kids.

Once we got the ticket, we started hiking up to the mountain. There will be group of motorbike taxi drivers offer to take you up to the attractions at the entrance or even the place you alight from the bus. If you think the price is alright, go ahead and you will be brought to all famous attractions. Or just leisurely hike up at your own pace, breathe the fresh air, hear the birds cry and you would get lots of fun and excitement exploring the nature.


Xiqiao Mountain welcomes you.


The one-hundred-step stairs (百步梯).


The Chinese pavilion.



While hiking around Xiqiao Mountain, you will find many of these beautifully designed small Chinese pavilions called Teng (亭). They are a great place to stop and relax, escape the heat on a sunny day or escape the rain on a stormy day.


The hill-ascending path (上山步道).


The granny is selling sweet potatoes, vegetable, etc from her farm.


More than an hour later, we came to the first attraction.


The Baofeng Temple (寳峰寺).


I was amazed by the engraved stone wall.


Closed-up of the engraved stone wall.


It's just absolutely impressive.

Baofeng Temple (寳峰寺), with over 600 years history is one of the four well-known temples in South China, serves as an ideal tourist destination for praying blessings. Since the introduction of Buddhism, a great number of monks and priests had set temples and preached on Xiqiao Mountain.


Walking up to Baofeng Temple.


Side view of Baofeng Temple.


It's very quite and only few visitors


The Tianwang Palace (天王殿).


Buddha Maitreya and Bodhisattva Weituo.

Tianwang Palace (天王殿), is the first palace of Baofeng Temple. Upon entering the palace, you may see the Buddha statues escorted statuses of the Four Guardian Kings (四大天王) on both sides representing smoothness and safety like other famous temple.


The Puxian Palace (普賢殿).


Dizang Palace (地藏殿).


We kept going up and up.


Gotta take a break first - we all looked tired.


Like this shot! As like taken in Beijing.


I wanna be inside as well, phew.


There are also very old small villages on the hill.

I wished to walk in this village leisurely and experience the lifestyle of local people but unfortunately time didn't allow us to do so.


The main gate to the cultural center of the South Sea Guanyin.

Apart from the gorgeous natural wonders, the primary tourist attraction of Xiqiao Mountain is a gigantic statue of Guan Yin, reminiscent of Hong Kong's famous Lantau Island Big Buddha. Sitting atop one of the highest points of Xiqiao Shan, Big Guanyin is bronze plated and surrounded by a moat.


The lofty and magnificent Guanyin, (大慈大悲觀世音菩薩).

So our next stop was the cultural center of the South Sea Guanyin (南海觀音文化苑), situated on the sublime of Daxian Hill (大仙峰), where it is home to the world's highest and biggest Guanyin statue (观音法相). The Statue itself, is 292m above sea level, it is cast in bronze plate. The Whole Statue is designed to be 61.9m high (the birthday of Guanyin is June, the 19th).


What a humongous Guanyin statue.


Deeply amazed and slowly appreciating the statue.


Tired but it worth everything once i see the Guanyin.


It's real gorgeous and impressive.


The world's largest sitting Guanyin statue.


It's just perfectly built up on Daxian peak of Xiqiao Mountain.


The surrounding was simply awesome, clean and neat.



It's time to camwhore, buddies!


It's very windy.


Heard that Guanyin offers us three wishes each.


'Money', ''Career'', '''Studies''', ''''Family'''', etc.


Amitabha, wish our wishes would come true soon.


Guanyin will really bring us happiness.

The 283 broad and neat stone steps lead directly to the lotus base of the statue, ushering tranquility and solemnness. In resent years, this scenic spot has become the destination for tourists who are interested in culture of the Guanyin from Southeast Asia, Hongkong, Macao and the mainland China, and become a hot tourist destination along the South Sea.


The closed-up of the Guanyin statue.



It felt so good standing on the peak.


The view from the foot of the statue.


It's become very windy.


The wishing tree.

The wishing tree overlaid with red and yellow ribbons in the spot poses another peculiar sight for Xiqiao Mountain. It is said that the wish made under the tree will come true. So, you shall not forget to buy a wishing canister, put your wishes in it and your name on the outside, and hang it on the tree so that your long-cherished wishes would be realized.


Nanhai Guanyin Temple.


The lantern written with Nanhai Guanyin.


We proceeded to another attraction.


The view of Xiqiao Town from Daxian hill.


We had a short break again.


Found this cute bench supported by two turtles.


And these two cutie doggies.


Like the trees and Chinese pavilion.


We were heading to Baiyun Cave Scenery Zone.


Couldn't imagine i could snap this shot in Xiqiao Mountain!


View of the Xiqiao Town from Baiyun cave scenery zone.


Encounter-God Bridge (遇仙橋).


Zizu Temple, (字祖廟).


The hanging spiral joss sticks.


The beautiful man-made pavilion and pond.


The Kuiguang Tower (奎光樓).


Baiyun Ancient Temple (白雲古寺).


Three Lake Academy (三湖書院).


The gate of the exit of Xiqiao Mountain.

The scenery is very agreeable. From the natural dangerous cliff, high ladders, queer stones, waterfalls and spring, the man-made pavilion, courtyard, ancient tower, stone engraving, world's largest Guanyin statue, sacred Baofeng temple are fabulously condensed in the small world surrounded by green trees. Nonetheless, you can better experience the amazing feeling when you visit to Xiqiao Mountain in spring or autumn for flower blossoms season and red leaves.


Had Mc Donald's as we were damn hungry and ran out of time.


We needed to catch the bus to Zhaoqing (肇慶).


Here we put down our stuff.


And went out for dinner.


The restaurant near our hotel.


We had burnt ton of calories on Xiqiao Mountain.


I heard the three empty stomachs drumming out loud.


The restaurant's meat cake rice (禾田肉餅飯).


The curry rice (咖哩飯).


The pork's lung soup (豬肺上湯).


It's time to fill up the empty stomachs.


Jodie was happy with the local beef noodle.


My pork cake rice came very late.


Sum nearly finished his curry rice.


The gate of Seven Star Crags (七星岩) at night.


We walked around the city before going back to the hotel.


We gonna explore the Seven Star Crags the next day.


The mega Star Lake Mall of Zhaoqing.


Motorcycles are the common mode of transport.



Back to the hotel.


We snapped this while Sum was having his long shower.

53 comments:

小雪 said...

走一個小時的梯級!服....
風景是美的 所以不辛苦是看不到的

even said...

唉~大佬富!
睇你既blog究竟係可以望梅止渴?
定係越睇越心癢難搔呢?^^'''''
好想去旅行呀!^^''''

Mei-Wah said...

impressive and magnificent views of china that you shared to us! thank you!

btw, you looked very very different in the last picture. different fufu. lol.

嘉CacinG進 said...

再看下去,在你部落都可以游玩那些地方了~!!

景点很多哦!!!

ah_man said...

很丰富的一餐叻~

khoo88 said...

哗,太多靓照片啦,真羡慕。

咦,你好像有点发福了,记得Keep fit保住你那六块胸肌。哈哈。

Akira 思胜 said...

哇, 我现在要去整理行李跟你一起去旅行, 可以吗?

vialentino said...

hey lcfu...thanks for ur wishes.....really nice china trip pics here

That My Goal said...

那些风景真的很迷人,
在那边的感觉一定很棒呢

靓靓sally =^_^= said...

你几时还要去旅行?
下次记得算我一份,可以吗?哈哈哈。。

i really like Baofeng Temple, especially stone wall, they're all nicely craft!

迷迭香 said...

one-hundred-step stairs... you counted ? :p

wonder why so quiet...
where are all the ppl ?

jolenesiah said...

lots of pictures... v nice

ryn: yeah aedes is bad.. when i heard my cousin's wife telling me her exp... it really freak me out

feline_Jodie said...
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feline_Jodie said...

個日我地猛比d摩托車司機搭訕~
一直同我地講個山咁大邊行到~
竟然都比我地玩左半個山!
好鍾意觀音前的照片!!雖然好好好大風...
好free,又冇人,可以不繼自拍~哈哈
趕車,即日安排行程都好新鮮~
不同的體驗。

yes~ i will apply the parttime course~ let we 2 back to be a hardworking student!

~珊姑娘~ said...

奇怪那里为什么没有人????很美啊,没有观光者了!!!???

lcfu said...

小雪 : 風景震得很美 辛苦也是值得的哦


even : 可以望梅止渴吖 因爲我帶你的眼睛去旅行 吾使心癢癢自己去旅行 哇哈哈哈


mei-wah : look very different? because that was reflected by the mirror =) anyway china indeed has lots of cool places to visit =)

lcfu said...

嘉CacinG進 : 我還有很多很多地方還沒有根大家分享的呢 你們要守住哦


ah man : 麥儅勞吃得很快但是很特別 因爲我們都很餓 覺得很好吃哦 晚餐就真的吃得很開心


khoo88 : 哈 中國的景點太美了
我們一直吃吃吃 不發福才怪呢
但是我體重沒加到叻 奇怪! =)

lcfu said...

Akira 思胜 : 我已經回來了 下一次吧


vialentino : dont mention it!
anyway yeah i enjoyed the trip so much with my friends =)


that my goal : 真的很棒哦
中國真的很值得去的哦 太多美景了

lcfu said...

靓靓sally : 下一次的行程一定告訴你們哦
我怕你們沒有時間跟我去罷了
我也很喜歡那個雕了刻的牆壁 很美咯


迷迭香 : i didnt count! just only there's a plate stated it's a hundred step stairs =)

it's not the peak season to visit the mountain, good to us though as we could enjoy the nature quietly


jolenesiah : hehehe...ton of pictures here, you gotta slowly enjoy them =)

yeah i hate aedes! my worksite has mosquitoes... every morning the workers would spray before we started work

lcfu said...

jodie : 真係好好好大風吖
吹到我地飛頭散髮 lol
我地仲有半個山仲未玩架
下一次一定要取黃飛鴻舘看舞獅哦
我有時都係即日決定我d行程架
因爲人算不如天算 有時吾想想太多
好想再去玩吖 死啦我上癮左添


珊姑娘 : 因爲那時是冬天 很少人會去爬山的
我們去的時候只有一些人 感覺還好啦
不用跟其他人擁擠 可以自由自在的拍照
欣賞大自然! 很舒服很寫意的哦

龍貓 said...

很佩服你
寫了這麼多篇還在寫!!!!
哈哈

3ugene said...

哇。。好多美景。。
神庙其实真的最自然最漂亮了

lcfu said...

龍貓 : 寫了又在寫? 不一樣的旅程好不好
我年尾的旅遊記真的去了很多地方 =)
很多的回憶哦


3ugene : 那些廟真的很古色古香
很有味道的耶 真的很想再去中國玩玩

Serina said...

很大的观音像~ 我的干妈,
点心都是我爱吃的~~ :D

lcfu said...

Serina : 這個是全世界最大的觀音像哦
這一篇有點心嗎?anyway 我也很喜歡吃點心的

silentz_sy said...

超多美景的>.<
你就一直跑跑跑
爽啊~~~~~

Serina said...

哎哟~不好意思啦,是有黄飞鸿的那篇 :P

toto said...

~ 好美、好美!(Baofeng Temple佛像雕塑)。
~啊?又是两张单人床。。。。

pui0219 said...

LEE個日記d地方好靚wo...
好想去呀~

最後果張相,你好靚仔wo~

HansonLi said...

很漂亮的地方~
那些食物
看到我都肚子餓了

summerjune said...
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June said...

scroll 到手酸了...哈哈~

我朋友在facebook看到你的照片說你很帥喔...

你什麼時候再到新加坡呀..

Reddie said...

Thanks for coming around to my blog & your comments! There are so much things to see here at yours, I'll really take quite some time to see all of it. Aren't you adding the Followers function so that I can follow you?

十六夜真人 said...

好大的廟~

我也要存錢去旅行~

三吉 said...

seem every place have a "wishing tree" look like in HongKong drama....

isaiah said...

Deeply amazed and slowly appreciating the statue.-> the pic :) is so not you :)

i like the 'teng' and the pic of the elderly citizen selling vege. Great post. I agree with one of the commentors. The last pic of you looks so different from yr usual pics

~珊姑娘~ said...

给我就冬天去就好!不会流汗!!哈哈哈哈!!!

靓仔,情人节快乐^^

人鱼球球 said...

I always think that China is an impressive country with a unique culture to match and the most diverse scenery of Asia.

Wois said...

很想吃猪肉的汉堡。。哇咔咔!

seazpark said...

so so so so so beautifull~~
wow~~love it~!!

feline_Jodie said...

我們這次旅程去的地方好多時都沒什麼人~
好似我地玩晒咁!哈哈

不過昨天的報紙說西樵山這幾天會有很多人的,因為人人都去找觀音娘娘借庫~
人山人海~又是另一種感受~

lcfu said...

silentz_sy : 一定要趁年輕的時候跑完
不然老後就沒有機會了


serina : okokok 知道了


toto : 對 又是两张单人床 hihihihi
男的兩個人一張床 很窄!!

lcfu said...

pui : 真得很美麗 你應該去哦
最後一張罷了?不是張張都好看嗎? lol


HansonLi : 哈哈哈 風景真的很美
肚子餓了就去吃咯


june : 你朋友在facebook看到我的照片?
你的facebook account裏面看到?
叫她add 我咯 hihihi
我應該會短期呢會去的 在通知你們

lcfu said...

reddie : hahaha its my pleasure to have you as my follower =) hihihihi do come here often ok? see you then


十六夜真人 : 現在就開始哦


三吉 : yeah the wishing tree is slightly look like the one in hk but still another feeling you would get in china =)

爱美丽 said...

这次的旅游终于告一段落了。。
我的眼睛跟着你去旅行,也累了。。嘻嘻

lcfu said...

isaiah : yeah probably from the different angle i look very not FuFu ya =) anyway thats good actually, i can have more faces when it comes to dramashooting, can act many characters ya =D


珊姑娘 : 冬天會很冷的 秋天也不錯 紅葉的風景會很美 春天的櫻花也很迷人 夏天的沙灘很清涼 四季都很好~~~ =) happy belated V day


人鱼球球 : yeah i think china, india, south america, europe and africa are worth to go =)

lcfu said...

wois : 猪肉的汉堡在香港和泰國有得買 =)


seazpark : yeah very beautiful =D


jodie : 冬天多人會比較熱鬧
夏天就不想要那麽多人
西樵山很多人去拜觀音?
那邊的景色一定又另一風味

lcfu said...

爱美丽 : 這次的旅游還沒完哦
還會有幾篇的哦

ernloy said...

fufu!
the post is getting longer and longer!!! :D
hahaha...keep it up!
(i am kinda lazy lately >.<)
i also have one more post on Oslo not written yet...
I LOVE CHINA too!!!

lcfu said...

ernloy : dont be that lazy ya boy!! should be hardworking... okok i know we sometime gotta pamper ourselves =) erm but remember to post out your oslo trip soon ok? i love china too =D

海市蜃樓 said...

山上的觀音菩薩像很慈祥很舒服,但是要走那麽遠,太累了吧!?

lcfu said...

海市蜃樓 : 可以看到那麽壯觀的觀音 走多麽的遠 有多麽的累 都是值得的哦 因爲看到觀音媽之後 我們什麽累都不記得了

Anonymous said...

I really really appreciated your blog where i could bring back loads of sweet memory of my hometown - Foshan.

Hope you enjoyed your trip and had a wonderful time here.

Alison in London