Early in the morning we set out from our hotel, heading for Ruqin Lake （如琴湖）. After 5 minutes, we were at its brim. The lake water had been drained out and what was left was the bending bridge running across the dried up lake. What a disappointment! Anyway, we pressed on and walked to the Jinxiu Valley (锦绣谷）. The garden and lake in front of the hut of the famous poet Bai Ju Yi （白居易） is at the head of the valley. The flowers were in full bloom and even the lotus in the small lake were blooming. There were purple and pink ones. A statue of Bai Ju Yi is standing tall at the side of the garden. We took a short cut to go to the "Dangerous Ridge"（险峰）. The narrow space was crowded with tourists. Thousands of "Love locks' with red ribbons were seen locking together on iron chains（金锁关）. We couldn't stand the congested crowd and quickly moved on. We descended and ascended many narrow steps, following closely to one another and sometimes we had to squeeze with those coming from the opposite directions. Anyhow, the weather was a nice 20 degrees C and a breeze was blowing all the time. The different species of pines fringing the flight of steps were beautiful. We came to a pavilion. From here, we could see among the mist the "Dangerous Ridge" that we had visited. The mist came and slowly dispersed. Everything was blur and unreal. Then, we started again, going down to the Xian Ren Dong 仙人洞(The Cave of God". The smoke and smell of burning joss sticks filled the air as we approached. We went in to look at the water dripping from the limestone cave and collected in small pools, There is a big bell in front the temple built in the cave. We took photos with the bell. Mist and smoke mixed here and the scenery was blurred out. We proceeded, passing a built up stage with a few cannon holes, a round temple, a clearing in the pine forest. At last, we came to a hanging bridge(105m long).We walked slowly over it in the mist. Then, we took a 6-minute cable car up a hill and on the cable car we witnessed big rocks resembled "Panda holding a bamboo shoot", "A half hanging coffin", "The head of Lenin" etc. We had lunch at Daba大坝. Then we went down to the Wulong Lake乌龙潭, Huanglong Lake黄龙潭 then hiked up a slope to see the San Bao Su三宝树 (3 old big trees), then climbed a steep flight of steps to the brim of a big dam. We came to the end of the journey. The whole journey took about 5 hours (including lunch). It was just like an adventure in a fantasy world.
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