In early summer, the origin of the fresh-rained Wujiang River emerges as a beautiful fairyland shrouded in misty clouds. Beneath the tranquil green mountain, following the stone steps leading up to the Zhijindong Cave, a sudden coolness may refresh you at the entrance. The cave looks serene and peaceful before the visitors pour in. With each step you take, a different scenery comes into view, making you easily lose track of time and space in the magnificent mystery of the unknown. Beyond the masterpiece of God and wisdom of man, this paradise in the cave is so marvellous that some even conclude that the wondrous landform of Zhijindong Cave is incomparable on the Planet.
Occasionally, Miao girls can be seen dancing and playing among the crystalline and splendid stalagmites in the cave.
YanZi, a local girl of Yi Minority, will be your tourist guide in the scenic spot. In her spare time, she likes to listen to the sound made by drops of water dripping from the roof and splattering on the stalagmites. This epic symphony of nature has been lasting for billions of years.
At the source of Wujiang River in the Baili Gallery, appreciating the glamor and splendor of the sheer precipices and overhanging rocks, visitors on the boat often fantasize that they are traveling in a landscape painting reminding them of the Three Gorges and Lijiang River, but only to find the scenery here even better.
On the streets of the ancient Kuanchai county, elderly men are often seen smoking in pleasure with their self-made pipes.
Miao batiks, an ancient textile dyeing craft, constitutes the daily life of old grannies over ninety in the Miao yard. Their blue hands are the symbol of diligence and dedication to this sacred life-long career.
Girls next door frequently come to learn this ancient artistry using copper knife and bees wax as pen and ink. On and on the craft has been passed down orally and personally.
White Miao men dance on cloud nine among gorges over rivers and bridges; playing the lusheng (a reed-pipe wind instrument) skillfully in an attempt to attract the girls they adore.
Down in the valleys flows the mountain stream; up in the sky flys the swallows. The golden afterglow in the setting sun depicts a poetic masterpiece in the watcher’s eye.
When the night descends, local people serve their homemade vintage wine. The hospitable Miao sisters entertain the guests from afar with their incredibly sweet songs flowing like the mountain stream.
Both Yi and Miao minorities enjoy a long history of fire-worshipping, so when dinner is finished, a bonfire carnival is presented.
Guests from near or afar all join in the happy dance and sing harmonious songs with the natives, so does the spirited soul of the blessed plateau. This, may be the ideal life we have been longing for night and day.
At dawn, the hustle and bustle of grocery market breaks the night silence of the Zhijin Ancient City.
In the center of town stands the Mammon Temple rarely seen in China. This place has been a busy center of public worship for hundreds of years, with worshippers visiting day and night in the temple built by black-framed red bricks and green tiles.
The Mammon, the God of Wealth, parades the street from time to time giving blessings to his people.
It usually takes dozens of processing steps to finish a perfect work of art. Every single procedure tells a story about “practice makes perfect”.
Taking a stroll on the streets in the ancient town, one can admire the elegance and charm of the temples, pavilions, towers and terraces with traces left by the passing years.
If you settle here for a couple of days, you will never be disappointed by the spectacular unmatched elsewhere. We will accompany you on this trip to relish the peculiar landscape with karst wonders, feel the generous hospitality of the mountainous villagers, and walk through the ancient city admiring its towers and pavilions in the cool, misty rain.
Touring Routes Recommended:
Zhijindong Cave—Wujiang River fish hot pot—Wujiang River Baili Gallery—Gourmet Miao Feast in Tuoluo, KuanChaiCounty
Zhijin Grand Canyon—Tuoluo Batik Embroidery—Agritainment in Dragon Pool Village, San Jia Street—Zhijin Waterfall—Dictyophora Cultivation Base—Exorcising Dance of the Chuanqing ethnic group—Late night snack time in Zhijin
Ancient Pavilions in Zhijin—Phoenix College—Mammon Temple—Chicken hot pot in folk mountain cottage—Yushan Mountain—Zhijin Casserole—A taste of “eight-bowl dish”, tofu feast, and dictyophora feast in Yuanjun Restaurant (This is definitely a route of local cuisine that no visitor can afford to miss!)
Company Name: Laixi Trip
Contact Person: Jiuxiao Chen