Stalagmites and stalactites
Stalagmites are the ones that appear to be rising from the cave floor and stalactites are the ones the are growing from the ceiling as the mineral deposits are dripping down. They sure look cool. The lighting in the caves is a little tacky at times but at least it's possible to see the cool formations.
There are six waterfalls in Gudong National Park and all are suitable for climbing. You don't need any climbing gear just a pair of shoes made from grass will do. It only costs RMB5 per pair and is non-slippery. Along the way, there's a metal chain hanging on all the waterfalls. Use it as a guide and also for support in climbing.
I'm a bit doubtful on the safety of waterfall climbing as I don't see any park personnel standing in guard. The climbers are mostly locals and university students from other parts of China. Climbers roll up their pants and jeans and carry a bag on their shoulders. Perhaps it's not so difficult to climb up all the six waterfalls by pulling up the chain and with all the guided steps on waterfall rocks. You don't need any climbing gear just a pair of shoes made from grass will do. It only costs RMB5 per pair and is non-slippery.
Try the dog...it's on a separate menu...
I walked into the local tourist office to find out a restaurant where at least one employee spoke English, so the agents there informed me of a place right near my hotel. At first when I was walking to it I was distracted by a local Chinese person who was interested in talking to a foreigner, so I bypassed the place completely. After looking at the map I was given, I went to the front and this nice man said "you must be the one looking for English,"...yes, I was.... He gave me the menu, and I ordered some leeks, a bowl of rice, bottled water, and dog. That's right, dog. I asked if the restaurant served it, so the man gave me a different menu, that showed an English description of the way it is prepared. He said it would be more expensive, but I took that to mean less than $5 bucks, so I agreed. It came cooked with a bitter vegetable, I can't remember what, but in any event, the dog tasted "game-y." All in all, a meal well done, and just under 10 bucks. DOG
Seven Star Park - Cool Caves
Within the Wixing Gongyuan ( Seven Star Park) you can find 6 caves that have interesting formations all with pretty cool names like Monkey scratching his butt or Big Dragon breathing fire...well I made those up but the real names are similar to those. One of the Grottoes called Crystal Palace of the Dragon King can hold 1000 people in it. It's a great place to spend a few hours.
It cost 6 FEC (US$1.60) for foreigners to get in and for locals it was .80 Fen (US$.16 cents) not FEC's so being the cheap traveler that I was. I spotted the sign in English that the student rate was the same as the local rate so I put one of my passport photos inside of my health certificate and showed that and it worked for my discount...I know most of you are saying Whoopie!! ahha You just saved $1.44 what a loser. Well as you may have read on some of my other pages I was on a 7 month trip and had to watch how I spent my money or the trip would come to an end!
The bridge pictured here, a stunning architectural achievement, is made almost entirely of glass...! It is located at one end of Rong Hu, and crosses to a tiny island... Fortunately or unfortunately, the glass bridge is forbidden to walk on and the entrance to the bridge is fenced off...