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“A SPECIAL PLACE FOR SOME BUT NOT ALL PEOPLE” 1 of 5 stars
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Jingzhen Octagonal Pavilion
Jingzhen Hill, 53 km S of Jinghong, Jinghong, China
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Ranked #24 of 50 Attractions in Jinghong
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“A SPECIAL PLACE FOR SOME BUT NOT ALL PEOPLE”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2011

I have been here many times, actually, because my family lives nearby, but I can not advise "tourists" to make an hour journey from Jing Hong to visit it. Very few people do.

But if you are appreciate Tai Lu history, this is one place which survived the Cultural Revolution with only some minor scars. It is not ancient, but nothing made of plastered mud brick walls and wood in this climate survives for very long. The pavilion and the adjacent temple and buildings are in terrible repair, but are quite authentic, not something grand recently built. Although a landmark, the government and the local people (the normal source of funds for such projects) haven't come up with sufficient money and interest to "restore" the place. But, if you visit, you might come when the "temple ladies" are chatting away while they decorate the adjacent temple for a special day. It is an old but living place. You will be your own tour guide unless you are remarkable scholar or find an exceptional tour guide. If you do, what you also learn on the journey there and observation of the surroundings there and en route will be a trip worth remembering. But this is not for the casual tourist on a tight schedule on which this site focuses.

Visited April 2011
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