Do you ever find that your day is turning for the worst? That the only thing keeping you motivated is the thought of how EPIC the rest of your day will be? Yeah, me too and that’s exactly what happened last weekend.
To start my day off, I locked myself out of my apartment. Then I found myself sitting at my neighbors with her daughter, both who didn’t speak English. Thank God for Google Translate.
Next, I went downstairs to get my helmet out of my scooter and found that someone hit (or passive aggressively broke) my scooter mirror and was laying at the bottom of the cup holder. GREAAAAAAAT. So… it being a Sunday when everything was closed, I decided to take my chances and go on my ride without my left mirror.
My first stop was Xiangdong Fairy Cave and the Buddha’s Hand Cave. I’ve read about this place online and found that it wasn’t far from where I live. A little scooter adventure never hurt anyone 🙂 So I left.
After they finished and I got a million hellos, I lingered towards the first cave. Nestled in the mountain is the entrance to the Xiangdong Fairy Cave. As you can see below, the entrance to the cave is a huge Buddha statue that you might think would be easy to find – but don’t be fooled. It’s slightly harder to see than it looks in this picture so keep an eye out while on the road.
When you walk into the Fairy Cave you’ll find yourself with a nose full of the oh-so-familiar incense. Also, if you can read Chinese you will be content for hours because people have carved Chinese scriptures into the walls and rocks. Even though I don’t know a bit of Chinese writing, I still found this to be pretty cool!
Now when you walk into the back of the cave you have the option to walk left or right. On your right there is a large passage way to one area of the cave where you will see a shrine with flowers and cave carvings. To your left there’s a narrow, claustrophobic squeeze to a less decorated, rural area of the cave that you MUST venture into. Although I definitely suggest squeezing through, I would also recommend that you don’t wear nice clothing because rubbing against cave walls and crawling in the dirt/mud does not go well with fashion. Adventure time!
Once you’re finished exploring the Xiangdong Fairy Cave you should walk towards the temple and start your search for Buddha’s hand!
The Buddha’s Hand is said to be made from erosion and the ocean’s waves that once engulfed the small town. It’s quite a site to see and fun little adventure to go on if you have a few hours to spare.
1. Don’t wear nice clothes. You might have to crawl and will most likely have water drip on you.
2. Bring a snack and water. The small town doesn’t have many food options and you might get hungry.
3. Have fun! How often to do you go into a cave that includes Buddha’s hand? Never.
I don’t know how to get through the cave!
That’s okay! There’s a map right before you get into the cave that tells you how to get through. It’s not a big cave by all means so you shouldn’t get lost and can easily find Buddha’s Hand.
How do I get there?
By Public Transportation: Take a train to Keelung then public city bus 301 to “Fairy Cave” 仙洞. The bus stop is to the left of the Keelung Train Station’s entrance (As you exit)
By Car: Take Highway 3 to Keelung, then the Gangxi outer road. Next, take Zhongshan 4th Road to Xiandong 中山四路.
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