Lushan: A Good Place to Enjoy Flowers and Review History
by Liu Qiankun
These cultural relics with a history of more than two thousand years, have weathered much wind and rain. Though immersed in the sea of flowers, they are often kind of forgotten by people. People forget the long history, and tend to live an ordinary life in the nature world. It seems that only in this season will people take the opportunity to see the glorious history of China. Because of the oblivion, the world always misread the art of China. A book on world art even says that there were no artworks in Chinese history, the right answer of which can be found from the Mount Helan rock painting in the Northwest of China, the isolated Jinsha site, the rock-tombs and the coffin paintings in Western Han and Eastern Han Dynasties, and the stone carvings in Anyue. All the works mentioned above are the stunning works of art in the world.
Fortunately, many of these cultural sites are meeting with us one by one and are well protected. We will continue to discover the beauty of the nature and the beauty of history with cars or feet.
Day 1: You will depart from Chengdu on 08:30 in the morning, and arrive at Lushan Hotel on about 11:30. After arranging rooms in the hotel, a 20 minutes’ drive will be conducted to visit Longmen Cave. After having a meal outside the cave, you can enjoy yourself to the beautiful site. You will be back to Lushan County at night, and visit the architecture of Song Dynasty — Ping Xiang Tower (also known as Jiang Qing Tower). After that, you will have dinner in the hotel restaurant — Mansion of Commander-in-Chief, the chief of which is the famous “Xie Yazi” from Ya'an City. Lushan’s barbecue can be taken as a midnight snack, which is very delicious. You will be accommodated in Lushan Hotel for the night.
Day 2: After breakfast, you will depart from the county for the Tongtou Gorge. There, you can view the scenery of both sides of the canyon, enjoy the beautiful sights of the Beacon Hill, experience boating on the river, and visit “Luojia Sandbar” where born many teachers. After eating a delicious local meal in the village, you will return to the county to visit the Lushan Museum, and go back to Chengdu in the afternoon.
If you want to experience the heart-throbbing feeling of drift, you can go for the “Qingyi River Drift” after having lunch on the second day. The drift is divided into elementary, intermediate and advanced levels. The elementary level is the conventional practice, 15 km /1.5 hours, 80 yuan; the intermediate level is the experience practice, 25km /2.5 hours, 100 yuan; the advanced level is the exploration practice, 35 km /3.5 hours, 140 yuan.