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Translated into English as “Serene Hill”, Qing Xin Ling is Ipoh’s latest tourism attraction. This leisure and cultural village is free to visit at this time of posting, and there is no charge whatsoever, except for the chalets.
Opened in August, 2014, it has thus far attracted some 10,000 visitors, with the majority of them taking obligatory photos of themselves selling food and drinks using the props readily available at the grounds of the village.
The building of Qing Xin Ling began a year ago, and was ready for the public by August 2014. This village is expected to be completed by the end of this year. However, Qing Xin Ling remains a work in progress, so expect to be surprised by improvements with every visit to the village.
What used to be a former iron ore mine (I was told operations ceased some time in the late 1970s) has seen much changes under the hands of contractor Jason Tang, who surprisingly, has no formal apprenticeship or experience in woodwork or carpentry.
His creative ideas of reusing old hardwood from abandoned village houses all over Perak to build chalets and giving them a coat of bold colour have been well-received among guests and visitors. And in fact, his redesigned food and drinks carts, gazebos, carriages and other woodcraft, along with the chalets are handmade with wood that date at least a hundred years old.
During my recent visit, Jason proudly showed me his main hall, his design that, similar to the chalets, didn’t require the use of a single nail. Beams are joined by bolts, nuts and screws instead. Currently, there are twelve buildings, all of which spot tropical designs. Nine of these are chalets of various sizes that can accommodate from two to twelve guests. They are all equipped with basic amenities, including air-conditioners.
Although Jason also has a hand in landscaping, the grounds of the village is littered with exotic bonsai and suiseki, due to the fact that the owner of Qing Xin Ling, Mr. Cheng, is a collector of such trees and rocks.
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