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Lingshan, the Soul Mountain

 31 Oct 2003: Lingshan @ Wuxi, Jiangsu Province

My trip to Lingshan (无锡灵山) was certainly unplanned. During the week, my boss related to me the highlights of her visit to Lingshan; I remembered lamenting to her on the missed visit. On my last day in Wuxi, the morning meeting ended unexpectedly early. Sandy said to me: “The flight back to Singapore is in the evening. Why don’t you go and visit Lingshan now?” More pleasant surprise to follow: my local colleagues cordially offered their service as local guides! This was working out very well for me.

Located in the Maji Mountain area, the Lingshan Grand Buddha (无锡灵山大佛) is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Wuxi. Standing at more than 80 meter high, the Grand Buddha is a bronze Sakyamuni standing Buddha built in 1996. The left and right hands have hand print with “wish”, meaning to wish the world a happy place while the character on the Buddha’s front chest represents solemnity and virtue. Somehow, it reminded me very much about the Giant Buddha at the Po Lin Monastery in Hong Kong. The Buddha in Hong Kong was seated while Lingshan has a standing Buddha. Climbing up the 217 steps to the Buddha was ceratinly a sheer test of our leg muscles and endurance.

 

Here was a happy Laughing Buddha (“Budai” or 布袋) with a hundred playful Buddha babies climbing all over him.

And a GIANT buddha hand in the park

We were at the courtyard where we spotted many friendly white doves. And the ladies had their share of fun with the birds… 

I was told by Sandy not to miss the “Fountain Show”.  Choreographed to music, this water show was a spectular display of the shower of Buddha (standing on a lotus) by nine dragons. 

Nearby is the historic Xiangfu Temple, a thousand-year old Buddhism temple.

With the nearby Lake Taihu and a beautiful range of hills, the scenery of Lingshan became richer as the day mellowed…

Thank you my friends, for a great day at Lingshan…

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Wuxi

22- 23 Nov 2000: Wuxi, Jiangsu Province

It was not exact recorded how Wuxi (无锡) earns its name as the place “without tin” but according to one legend, the name was given during the Han Dynasty when Emperor Han Wudi (汉武帝, 156 – 87 B.C.) set up Wuxi as a county. Historical records showed that tin was present in this area but was subsequently mined and depleted. This is generally believed to be the origin of the name Wuxi, meaning “no tin”.

Grand Lake

Grand Lake (太湖 or Taihu Lake) splits the old city into halves, Wuxi borders Changzhou to the west and Suzhou to its east. Naturally, the Grand Lake becomes a rich tourism resource. Famous spots include the Islet of Turtlehead (鼋头渚 or Yuantou Zhu) and the Island of the Deities (仙岛湖 or Xianhu Dao).

 Wuxi Movie & TV Base

Touted to be the Oriental Hollywood, the CCTV Wuxi Movie & TV Base (无锡影视基地) is China’s first Movie and TV base for shooting. Since it opened in 1987, over a thousand movies and TV episodes have been filmed and millions of tourists visited it each year. Located in the west of Wuxi, the base are split into 3 main areas: Tang Dynasty City (唐城), Three Kingdoms City (三国城) and Water Margin City (水滸城). 

The Water Margin Town 水滸城

The Three Kingdoms City 三国城

Like last year, we stayed at the Sheraton Wuxi Hotel & Towers (无锡喜来登酒店), the city’s premier international class hotel located right in the heart of the business and shopping district. What impressed me was its sophisticated hotel lift queuing system. You are required to enter your destination floor number into the keypad (by the life) and an elevator will be assigned to your designated floor. Once the lift arrives, you no longer need to key your floor number again.

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