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Taihu Lake is a major national scenic spot in China. It's the third largest fresh water lake in China, spanning accross Jiangsu & Zhejiang province.
The scenery here is breathtaking. As such you can cruise the lake in luxury & comfortable boats.
The little buddha in Nine Dragons Fountain
Read the signboard in front of this fountain for the show time. Buy some small paper cups at the nearby mobile stalls. Be early to the fountain so that you can have a vantage point to enjoy the entire show. Clue: The vantage point is at 7 o' clock direction. Little buddha will be turning one round, stop & looking directly at you !
This is a circular fountain with nine surrounding dragons to protect the little buddha. At the centre of the fountain is a tall pillar structure with lotus flower.
Once the musical fountain show starts, you can hear the loud narration of buddha story - the birth of buddha. Water slowly jetting out at different directions. The lotus flower opens gradually to reveal a little buddha. Towards the climax of the show where the water is shooting sky-high, get ready your camera. However, you might need to wipe your camera lens and spectacles then as water droplets will stick on the lens if wind is blowing.
Do not stand too close to the fountain, somewhere near to the marble archway will be the best. If not you will get soaked up.
At the end of the show, your paper cups will become handy. Approach either one of the nine dragons as they will be flowing with holy water. Fill your cup with a refreshing drink. Don't worry, it's mineral water & safe for drinking.
The main temple at Ning Shan Great Buddha
The giant buddha imposingly stood at the mid-slope of Mashan mountain. Try walking up all the steps until you reach the bottom of the bronze statue, where the buddha is standing on a lotus pod.
If you would like to enter the lotus pod structure, you have to pay an entrance fee of RMB25. You can browse through stalls selling buddhism-related products like ornaments, bracelets, books, etc.
Climb up further & you will have the opportunity to rub the toes of buddha, which is believed to bring you good luck. You can also enjoy the great view on top.
If your legs are not strong enough to carry you up to the top, you can climb halfway of the steps.
According to our tour guide, there is one strategic point where you can "touch" the hand of buddha & have your photos smartly taken. Try it out ! If you want to have a closer glimpse at the buddha, there is a smaller scale buddha.
From far, you will notice a bronze palm planted vertically on the ground. It's the buddha's palm called "The First Palm in the World". Queue up to touch the buddha's palm & you will be blessed with good fortunes.
If you are a serious devotee, you can walk stright in to the main temple to pray for anything, from good health to abundant wealth.
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