The city of Yixing was a 2 1/2 hour bus ride from Nanjing. In comparison to the other cities in Jiangsu province, it notably apparent that Yixing lacks the glamour and appeal of bigger cities. Honestly, I was very nervous of going to this tourist destination, hence as a “defence mechanism” for disappointment and the “this wasn’t worth it” phenomenon, with great purpose and intent, I deliberately lower my expectation bar to sea level. As it turned out, the Shanjuan cave blew me out of the water and back to land!
Tired of Bloody Temples and Parks in China
It was very refreshing to visit a cave! Both physically and mentally speaking! Throughout my travels, I have seen numerous temples and parks in China to dull my “wow” sensory organ for a period of time. But the cave was a much needed break for my sensual faculties. There was a water fall (man-made but ehh) and a cave boat ride! Plus, throughout the whole experience, being a child at heart, I imagined I was Batman. Yeah. Which made the whole experience that much better haha.
Would I come back? Nope. Am I glad I went? Yes. Enough said.
*These experiences were made possible by the Gilman Scholarship