About an hour's drive away from Fenghua is Xikou, a beautiful national park consisting of mountains, many waterfalls, a monorail, a tram, a Buddhist temple, and many other things.
You could easily spend an entire day exploring the park, as long as your body is up to it. Although there are buses which can take you to the entrance of many destinations, you must be willing to walk up and down quite a few stairs to get to your destination.
The dense greenery combined with the dashes of red from the maples looked truly beautiful.
There was an abundance of wild "strawberries" which looked more like salmon berries to me, but I'll take the locals' words as the truth. They were selling them chained together on blades of grass. Sanitary? Probably not. Delicious? Extremely.
According to the maps, there are three main waterfalls long the way down from the top. If you count the minor ones, there area probably around 6+. It was quite a challenging walk however, my calves are still a bit sore from all the stairs.
The waterfall path had almost a tropical Lynn Canyon-esque vibe to it, if I were to compare it to a Vancouver-area attraction. Maybe that and the stairs of Wreck Beach.
After reaching the bottom of the final waterfall, we took a monorail over to a tram. The monorail was quite rickety and I may have feared for my life a little. The trip had been exhausting and I almost had no more energy to take photos, but luckily the view at the other peak was beautiful enough to motivate me to continue taking photos.
Have I mentioned how grateful I am for how small and light technology has allowed my camera kit to become? I'm extremely glad I didn't have to take a full DSLR kit for this trip. The A7 paired with my trio of manual focus lenses has worked as a dream so far. The constant changing of primes outside has led to a few specks of dust accumulating on my sensor, however.
Here's the view from the other peak. My jaw dropped after seeing this. (Click to enlarge)
Once we took the bus back, we started going towards our final destination: one of the largest Buddha statues in Asia.
It's apparently good luck to touch the foot of the Buddha statue. We made our journey up to do that very thing.
All in all, this is a highly recommended trip if you happen to be in the area. The variety of locations you'll see with the entry fee is astounding. Everything is surprisingly clean and well-maintained, and it wasn't at all too crowded, even on a holiday.
Just be sure to pack lightly, and be prepared for sore calves the next day if you haven't been keeping up with exercising like I have. There's a lot of stairs to conquer.