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Published: October 17th 2016
Another adventure for Michel and myself, as normal it started off with a late lunch at FeiRock Cafe but by the time we actually left it was too late to visit the spot we had originally had chosen to see. Which was the Jinhua Shuanglong Castle at the foot of the Jinhua Mountain, so having a backup plan of seeing the Taiping Tiangou Palace and the Shiwangs Residence of the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom. We both knew we were cutting it rather close when we left. When we did finally arrive we arrived at its gates we managed to see briefly on the inside when the guards informed us that they were slowly closing the doors that we didn't have enough time to explore the grounds. That the place was closing in 30 minutes. So sadly we parted thanking them for letting us know. This being the second time since Mike had arrived that we tried to come here to see the place. Each time it was either closed or closing. So we went walking through a familiar area, the Wuzhou Ancient City, snapping some additional photos. After departing this part we crossed the city and started walking on the other side
of the road, knowing full well that further up the road was the Wuzhou Park and we can snap more photos of the areas we didn't see on the first time around. Part way down I noticed a tower that was nestled beside the Ancient City and beside the Tianning Temple of Jinhua. So I went back to the proper side of the street to figure out how to get there to look around. I took the opportunity in the lull of traffic to cross the street. Mike on the other hand didn't have the same chance. I found the way up and eventually Mike had gotten across and we went up the stairs and to the main door, which we found the cost to enter was only 10 Yuan (about 1.25 Canadian Dollars). Having our tickets in hand we went through. We walked up the stairs one of us one each side. Me on the left Mike on the right we entered the first room, considering the time we both knew that within the next 45 minutes or so the place would be closing. We walked around this place seeing the small yet interesting area. Hidden away among the
larger area of the Wuzhou ancient city. I imagine that most people wouldn't give it a second thought, I know that I did all the times that I passed the place. I would say a hidden gem within the area. With this discovery of the place called Ba Yong Lou. Now Ba Yong Lou during its hay day was both a watch tower and a center of learning for Jinhua. Located on the banks of the Yiwu River, it must have had an amazing view back in the day.
It’s a wonderful place to visit, hidden within the city. Located between the Bin Hung Park and the Ancient City of WuZhou. It showed that it wasn’t as active as it once was, but in better shape than some of the other places Mike and myself had visited, namely the Tanning Temple. This particular place was a triple treat for Mike and myself, a center of learning, a watch tower and a relic of a forgotten or abandoned past. There was a security guard on sight and was overjoyed and was eager to explain certain parts of the structures history to the two of us. There was a
section of the grounds a pagoda that was under construction during our visit so sadly we couldn’t visit that part. As we left this little piece of history content knowing that there are some parts that are left and restored to keep some form of its history alive. We continued out and continued on our view of parts of the park which lead us into an area where both Mike and I had been before. Not long after visiting this place, Mike had left for his own journey down south. I did wish to go with him, but this part of his journey had to be done sole. After all, he had his own journey to do. To experience China with his own eyes. I do hope his journey shows him how wonderful this country can be. The universe doesn’t always give us what we want in life, but it does give us what we need. Whether we like it or not.
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