Guilin's Chuanshan Hill
Trip Start May 26, 2004
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Chuanshan Park located in Guilin is one of many parks showcasing Guilin's fabulous karst landscapes. The hill is very long and has a large cave going all the way through one side of the hill. The hill is not located on the Li River, but on the Pearl River. Chuanshan Park is visible from Guilin's other famous hills and the Li River. There are two hills next to each other. Chuanshan is the larger and has been made into a park. Located across the river from Chuanshan hill is a much smaller hill that has a Ming Dynasty pagoda on the top of it. It iss said that during the Ming Dynasty, Guilin was plagued by a giant centipede demon that devoured the local population. A Buddhist Monk was asked to subdue the monster. He trapped the monster inside the hill by having the pagoda built on top of it.
The park is not in the downtown area and is not as busy as the other parks making it very peaceful and quiet. The hill is pockmarked with caves and covered with bamboos. I like the peacefulness of this park. The park is surrounded on three sides by farms. I am a tea fanatic, and when I have some free time I like to climb Chuanshan Hill with my tea tools and brew tea for myself. Sitting alone on a beautiful mountain, surrounded by bamboo groves and chirping birds is what makes life worth living.
Last time I came to Chuangshan Park I heard a woman singing. She sang so beautifully and as I climbed over the hill her voice would fade and come back repeatedly. It was very magical. I finally found her on my way down the mountain and told her how much I enjoyed her singing and she let me take her photo. It is just oneof those nice surprising memories that happen so often in China.