Spent 3 weeks in the local area within a 50 kilometre radius and ventured out one day on a chinese tourist bus tour to Sanshui, which took us to parts of the Sanshui Forest Park. As it was all in chinese and no english, a lot of the history of the park was missed, but still a beautiful place. the park occupies more than 3366 acres and is only 2 klm from the city centre. One of the big draw cards is the large lying Buddha reputed to be the largest lying buddha inn the world. It is manmade and carved into the hillside beside a small lake, with a beautiful temple and pagoda overlooking the entire scene. Make sure that you go under the temple and see the beautiful carvings on the wall (in marble?) depicting warrior scenes. Just beautiful and simple.
There is also a very sad crocodiile park within the forest, coming from Australia, they were very sad looking individuals, the only thing at that point of interest were the live chicken areas near the crocodiles, kept for fresh food!!!
There are many entrances to the park, and our bus drove us around to several of the entrances.
For me the most beautiful time was one of the temples, still have not been able to find the name of it, as everything obviously in Chinese. a large temple, with large steps leading up the hill, some beautiful ceramic tiled scenes depicting rural china. Just gorgeous. At the temple at the top (name unknown??) there were large carved (wooden??) warriers lining the inside of the temple. They were larger than life size and may even have been emporers, again not able to find out . Just amazing, I could have spent hours looking at them all. Alongside the temple the external buildings housed the teaching rooms,
All in all, hugely worth visiting, I believe that we only saw an extremely small fraction of the park available, as I belive that it also has so much more to offer
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