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So, what can visitors do when they come to this four-acre village? Visitors are free to enjoy their time here leaving all their work and life’s worries outside, true to the name of this property.
All the bicycles are free to be cycled. And if you thought that these bicycles/tricycles look different, it’s because they are all imported from Japan. Besides cycling around the ponds, where one could also feed the fishes with the fish pellets provided, adventurous visitors can embark on jungle trekking.
The trek poses quite a challenge by virtue of its steep gradient and those who plan to attempt the trail are advised to be suitably attired with appropriate trekking footwear. Gloves are also necessary. Trekkers should be prepared to get grubby but those who have brought a change of clothes may make use of the bathroom for a quick shower free-of-charge.
The trail has three difficulty levels, with the first stage the easiest. The good thing is that those who do not wish to trek the entire route may take a rest at the plateau to enjoy Mother Nature at her best.
This being a former iron ore hill, trekkers have to go through valleys at some points of the route. It’s just amazing that these pathways were initially opened up by human labour to enable the removal of iron ore, either via carts or rolled downhill, hence these valleys were very narrow. They have since been widened, as noted from the vertical marks on the walls of the hills.
Along the path, trekkers can see parts of a disintegrated excavator. And at the second plateau, one is greeted by huts on stilts, said to be utilised in the past by Siamese monks for meditation.
At this point in time, the entire trek is not completed yet, though brave souls can attempt to go to the top, estimated to be a thousand feet above ground. Those who are successful in reaching the climax will be rewarded with a view of, first, three whole units of excavators, which makes you wonder how they ended up there, and then a breathtaking panoramic view of Taman Cempaka residential area.
The entire trail would require at least two hours, depending on experience, but that’s only half the battle won. As any trekker would know, the return trip is a lot more treacherous than going uphill!
Ultimately, if the contractor Jason has his way, Qing Xin Ling will be an ancient time tunnel that will take visitors back to past eras of the 1950s right up to 1970s.
Qing Xin Ling Leisure & Cultural Village
Add: 22A, Persiaran Pinggir Rapat 5A, Taman Saikat, 31350 Ipoh, Perak.
Tel: +605-3124140, +6012-5161556
GPS Coordinates: N 04° 33.757′ E101° 07.462′
ETA (June 30, 2016): An entry fee of RM6 per person is imposed on visitors. Children below 12 years of age enter free-of-charge.
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