Ming Tang

Understanding Earth Through Chemistry

A trip to Yendang Mountain Geologic Park, China

While I was visiting my parents in China this year, mom and I went to Yendang Mountain Geologic Park for vacation. Yendang is located in Zhejiang Province, China, and is about, by train, 5 hours away from my hometown Zhenjiang. We spent three days there. It was rainy but not too bad.

Visiting Yendang was more or less a random idea when I searched for interesting places nearby. Dad was too busy, so I planned to take mom out for a vacation every year. Last year we climbed the Huang Mountain, which was too exhausting for my mom who was over 50. I had been hoping the Yendang mountain would be more relaxing, and it was. Most places were accessible by bus in the park plus a bit of hiking and climbing.

The Yendang mountain is a volcano in the Mesozoic volcanic zone in eastern China. Massive rhyolitic magma erupted somewhat 120 million years ago and formed the mountains.

Walking on a street in San Juan, after dinner.

Forest in the valley. Fresh after the rain.

Walking on a street in San Juan, after dinner.

The roof of a temple in the mountains. There are quite a few old temples in the Yendang mountain, many of which were build in caves centries ago.

Walking on a street in San Juan, after dinner.

A stone bridge over a creek.

On the beach at night.

Twin caves formed by collapsing from beneath.

San Juan.

A stone lion.

San Juan.

A trail into the forest in Lingfeng Park.

San Juan.

A trail built on cliff! I wonder how they made it…

San Felipe del Morro Fortress, a 16th-century citadel.

In the forest in Lingyan Park.

San Felipe del Morro Fortress, a 16th-century citadel.

The Dalongqiu fall, the highest waterfall in China (197 m).

On the beach at night.

An old man meditating in the Guanyin cave

San Felipe del Morro Fortress.

Mom on the chain bridge.

San Felipe del Morro Fortress.

Inside the Guanyin cave. The Guanyin cave is inside a fracture of a mountain. The cave is 113 m high and 76 m deep. The temple built inside, in year 1106, has nine floors.

Near San Felipe del Morro Fortress.

Candles in front of the Guanyin statue in the cave.

Near San Felipe del Morro Fortress.

View from inside the Guanyin cave.

Near San Felipe del Morro Fortress.

View from our hotel balcony

Seven Seas Beach.

Moss on a tree branch.

Seven Seas Beach.

A trail in the Lingfeng park.

Seven Seas Beach.

My favorate shot of this trip. A combination of everything in Yendang, mountains, falls, forests…