Apr 2017

Films that inspire you to travel to China I.

Last year, I watched Kung Fu Panda 3. Poul’s (Jack Balck) birth father (Bryan Cranston) takes Poul home to his secret Panda village, with its mist shrouded jade hills, shinning temples, and crystal streams and waterfalls, all seem to be a utopian invention, but it’s actually a relatively accurate representation of a real place. The inspiration for the village comes from the UNESCO protected Dujiangyan Irrigation System and Mount Qingcheng the birth place of Taoism.

The Dujiangyan Irrigation System and the Mount Qingcheng became now well-known among the travellers worldwide. In 1987, I first explored the place when I was a student. For people grown up in Shanghai, Sichuan is so far away and full of mysteries. It was summer. I sat for almost 48 hours on a train from Shanghai to Chengdu. There was neither airconditioning nor electronic fans in my compartment. With very little money in my pocket, without making a travel plan, doing any reserach, my independent adventure started.

The Dujiangyan is about 48 km from Chengdu. Today, you can take a quick bullet train to reach there. The ancient Dujiangyan Irrigation System was built to aim at water controlling and field irrigating. The construction began in the 3rd century B.C. It is the only existing water conservancy project with the longest history in the world. The Dujianyan is equal in comparing beauty with the Great Wall, but works still for irrigating the vast expanse of fertile land which benefits the people.

Not far way from the Dujiangyan Irrigation System, lies the Mount Qingcheng. In Chinese history it was the birthplace where in 142 CE the philosopher Zhang Ling founded the doctrine of Chinese Taoism. The mountain resumed its role as the intellectual and spiritual centre of Taoism in the 17th century. The eleven important Taoist temples on the mountain reflect the traditional architecture of western Sichuan.

I could not remember how many temples we visited on the mountain, how beautiful the scenaries were along the road. But only remembered how slippery the road was. Yes, we climbed the mountain in the rain. See how exhousted we were when finished the climbing.

10 years ago, I visited the Dujiangyan Irrigation System and the Mount Qingcheng with my family and friends from UK again. The temples, gates and roads were well polished, renovated and reconstructed. Cable car also installed. It was much easy to reach the top of the mountain than before. Though the trip was less challenging but my family and friends enjoyed the harmony of the place.

Recently a luxury boutique hotel Six Sense Qing Cheng Mountain was opened. Seems like the whole area is going luxury from the Taoist philosophy. Time changes, but one thing remains the same: Harmony between man and nature.

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