Here is a view from the middle of town looking back towards the direction of Chendgu [east?].
Sunday, May 29, 2005
Sunday, May 22, 2005
Stay tuned for the full account of my recent trip to the Yalong canyon and the beautiful mountain of Maidi Gangga [麦地贡嘎, Muti Konka]. Joseph Rock described it as a "scenic wonder of the world". Nobody has seen it since he went there in 1927. Except me.
Friday, May 20, 2005
About an hour's drive and a 40 minute walk up a bumpy farm track southeast of town, this small temple is built in a cave, half way up a cliff. Local legend has it that the local people knew of the cave and its spring of "holy water" many hundreds of years ago, and visited it to pray for a good harvest. Then one day some primitive statues and simple structures appeared overnight. No one knew who did it, and it was attributed to the "Wild Man" or Yeren - the Chinese term for yeti. Another version I've heard is that the term wild man" was used to describe an unkempt hermit who lived in the cave, meditating for many years and whose personal hygiene and apparel - and perhaps his attitude - were somewhat, well, wild. You can now see the yeti's big footprints and hand [paw?] prints, enshrined in the small temple, reached by a short but steep walk up the cliff path. There is a fancy new temple being built at the foot of the cliff - go past it and look for the track branching off to the left, over a stone bridge.
If you want to make your own way to the temple, take the left fork from the main street just after the public toilets. You can't miss the smell!
Looking back north west towards Jiulong. In the distance on the right is the new temple.
View of the temple from below.
The newly built temple below the old cave shrine on the cliff.
Approaching the Wild man temple from the valley out of Jiulong.
Yeren Miao from in front. The temple is built into a cave in a cliff, and the cave has a holy water spring in it.
The "Yeti Temple".
Saturday, May 14, 2005
Wuxu lake is a pristine alpine lake about a day's ride on a bus south from Kangding. It is surrounded by mountains of about 18-20,000 feet high and there are a few Tibetan herders living around it. It is a beautiful and unspoilt spot, but for how much longer remains to be seen. This is the view from the near shore, a short walk from the rough and ready "visitor centre" with its restaurant and log cabin accomodation.
If you want to find out more, there is my Jiulong travel guide summary hosted at the fabulous Chinabackpacker:
About 5km below Wuxu Hai there is a small Tibetan village known as lower Wuxu. There is a small store here and some holiday cabins being built.
At lower Wuxi village we tried to hitch a lift back to Jiulong but there was no traffic. In the end we paid a couple of local guys to take u s on the back of their motorbikes - one of the scariest and most foolish journeys I've ever taken. It's hard to keep your balance on a motorbike when you have a 15kg backpack on and you're riding over potholes without a helmet.
Looking up at one of the "12 daughters"
About 3km down the hill from Wuxu Hai in the forest by the roadside is a huge rock covered with Buddhist deity paintings and festooned with white scarves and prayer flags. It is circled by devout pilgrims and cheesy looking tourists from Leeds, like the one above.