Lake and Cave
Zhang Jia Jie Travel Blog› entry 2 of 8 › view all entries
We have been warned that this day is the toughest in our whole trip. After getting a good look at the area around our hotel, we set off to our first destination - Baofeng Lake.
The whole of Zhang Jia Jie is basically a tourist area. There are no other industries and everyone makes a living out of tourism. We stayed in the Wuling Scenic area, and it was a right thing to do as most of the places we went were just minutes away.
Baofeng Lake is supposed to be a lake that is high up on the mountains. It is used as a filming location for one of the version of "The journey to the West", where Wukong lives in his Water Curtain Cave. We had to climb up 200+ stairs in order to reach the lake at the top of the mountain.
We climbed and then took a cruise on the lake. There, a Tujia (one of the major minorities in Hunan) girl guide us around the strange mountain formations, sang us folk songs and basically just be what a guide should be. The stone mountains and the water reminded me of the rafting I did in Taiwan, just that this time round, I am actually in a lake.
Baofeng Lake is very beautiful, but chilling. After the cruise, we alight at another pier and climbed 3oo+ steps down the mountain.
Hunan's cuisine has three important features, which are oily, spicy and salty. There are the three things that we do not like. After having our first meal, we decide that Hunan's cuisine shall be altered slightly. Instead of being heavy on these three items, we opt for less. Nevertheless, it is still a very short bus ride before we reach our next destination-The Dragon King Cave.
My first time entering a tourist cave, was in Yunan.
Anyway, the interesting thing about the cave is the temperature. One would have thought that when you are in an underground cave, the temperature would be much colder. However, it is the opposite for the Dragon King Cave. The moment we went deeper in, the temperature became warmer. It rises about 5degrees from the entrance to the warmest point.
The whole trek is about 3km. But our group decided to stop halfway. Probably, we were all hot and sweaty from the steps-climbing, and that is why we thought the temperature increase.
After a tough day, we had dinner and rested for the night. We stayed in Jin Hua hotel in Zhang Jia Jie. It's an ok hotel. But with all those climbing and walking, we decided that an early rest would be good, as we were going to the main attraction for the tour - Zhang Jia Jie National Park the next day.