Gangkou: Stunning Scenery in Rain or Shine

14 01 2011

One of many murals to be seen in Gangkou

Our trip takes us past stunning fields of pink cosmos on the road to Gangkou, a town in which many of the residences have been adorned with beautifully painted murals that speak volumes about the local culture: here a scene of women picking tea leaves; there a wall covered with flying fish; down the road a mural of farmers working the fields.

At the Gangkou Weeping Chinese Banyan Reserve, Mei-hui shows me what at first glance looks like a grove of trees, but turns out to be one massive banyan tree. The curious setting is like nothing I’ve ever seen, and has purportedly even attracted the attention of director Ang Lee, who was scouting for places to film.

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