The First Experience to Yongfu Cave, the Tour Guide for a Happy and Long Life2009-12-03 | Life in Guilin
Yongfu county is one of the newly developed scenic areas in Guilin, we were lucky to be invited to have a short day experience in this place. As the scenic areas is going to be open to public in the coming 1st, Jan, 2010. I guess my colleagues and I were one of the first groups who will have the chance to see here.
Unlike the world famous Guilin counties of Yangshuo and Longsheng, Yongfu has a spectacular sightseeing of karst topography caves like in Guilin. The main sights there are Jin zhong Hill (Golden Bell Hill 金钟山), there are two caves around the Jinzhong Hill, the Yongfu Cave and the Tiankeng ( the Heaven Cave ). In Chinese, Yong means forever, Fu means lucky, while the full name of this place Yongfu, named by the local people to show their wishes that everybody will enjoy a long life and the luck will always with us.
The first place we visit was its restaurant, the Water Restaurant. It is built besides the hills and rivers, with a comfortable environment and a large room capable for 600 people having dinner at the same time; the main hall is of 400 square meters, it is suitable for 40 tables while the balcony（private dining rooms）are well equipped with air-conditioner and the view outside the windows are splendid.
The General's Helmet:
It is said that the people who have seen this rock helmet will be very lucky in their lives and will be protected by the ancient general ancestor.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa:
After a short rest, we continue our tour to the Qianlong Heaven Cave ( Qianlong Tianken 乾隆天坑). Actually the Heaven Cave is on the way to the Yongfu Yan/Jinzhong Hill scenic area, it is only about 5 minutes' drive from Jinzhong Hill area. It is an other karst topography cave in Yongfu.
After taking the elevator down to the bottom of the cave, we finally reached the highlight place of the Qianlong Heaven Cave where it is said the air is more flesh and the oxygen intensity here is much higher. The most famous long life man in Yongfu county died at his 158 years old, his name is Liaofu, the local people are confident here to have longer life as they can enjoy the Qianlong Heaven Cave more easily. And the secrets to enjoy a longer life are also carved into rocks on the back hills of the Heaven Cave, wild goats were everywhere on the hills, perhaps they also love this place very much and hold a firm believe that every man and creature here will have more luck and long life.
The whole Jin zhong shan ( Golden Clock Hill ) areas is a integrated place with a theme of heath and leisure, the well-built golf fields, the place for horse riding, the ATV off-road vehicles prepared for real men, the hot springs and 3 star hotel of Baishou ju and Qianxi ju for visitors, the bars, it has everything. It is no doubt that no matter when you come, you will fall in love with it.
Our tour was finished at about 4:00 pm, we drove back to the office and shared pictures and information to other colleagues we had gained today. December the 2nd, 2009, will always be our memorable day.
--- By Robert (VisitOurChina)