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Seven Star Crags Park

Seven Star Crags Park. This park derives its Chinese name, Qi Xing Shan from the arrangement of the peaks, which resemble the pattern made by the stars of the constellation known as the Great Bear. There are six caves in the hills and many pavilions.

If you have plenty of time a your disposal, you can see all the sights in the park, but if you don’ have much time, you may have to decide between seeing either the Seven Star Cave, or the Crescent Hill with its Dragon Refuge Cave. The former can take as long as two hours to see; the latter is of great historic interest, f you are to visit the Reed Pipa Cave or have already seen it, then you are advised to select the Crescent Hill–Dragon Refuge Cave alternative.

To enter the park you must cross two bridges: the first passes over the Li Rive, the second which leads straight on from the first-crosses the Xiadong River. The second bridge is known as the Flower Bridge (Huaqiao), a recent reconstruction of an elegant Song Dynasty period bridge bedecked with a gallery covered by a glazed-tile roof. The large monolith at the left-hand exit of the bridge is called the Furong Stone.

Turn left after erasing the bridge; ignore the first large pathway to the fight (leading from the two mall hump-backed bridges on the left), but take the second large pathway to the right. This leads to the Gongxing Mountain Gate, the Xuanwu Pavilion, and beyond it to the left entrance to the Seven Star Cave. The Bixu Pavilion stands to the left of the entrance, the, Xixia Pavilion to the right. Depending on how fast you walk, the journey through the caves will take anything from one to two hours. The cave is we provided with pathways from which to view the magnificently stage-lit stalagmites (rising) and stalagtites (hanging). They are not as delicately colored as they once were having been affected by torch smoke of the many visitors who flocked through the cave before it was lit by electricity.

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