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This is a beautiful but limited section of the peaks and seemingly one of the most crowded, especially when the trapeze artist appears 260m (853 ft.) above the Lingyan Temple courtyard (10:30am and 3pm on weekdays; 10:30am, 1:30pm, and 4pm on weekends). Surrounding cafes fill rapidly as tour groups converge to see how locals once used their free climbing skills to collect rare traditional herbs for religious and medical practices. These days it is just a bit of abseiling and a tightrope act, but I bet some of the Yangshuo sport climbers would give their back teeth to know about this place.

Up past the Xiaolong (small dragon) waterfall is a concrete elevator shaft built into the cliff side, which takes visitors up about 10 stories to another hanging wire walkway and on to a number of schemes designed to separate tourists from their small change. These include bows and arrows at the Cave of Dragon Nose (Longbidong Cave), pellet guns in the Cave of Clerestory (Tianchuangdong), and wishing pools in the Valley of Double Pearls (Shuangzhugu Valley). There are a few other paths to explore, but with the lift and the show and the carnival booths, you might feel (as I did) the need to get away to quieter parts of the park.

The best aspect of this attraction was the food in the parking lot outside: lightly boiled new potatoes by the pound at ¥1, big egg and chives pancakes at ¥3, and pool ball-size waxberries that were just coming into season.