The Twin Pagodas Of Shan Lake

Posted by : foongpc | Sunday, October 31, 2010 | Published in

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Remember my Two Rivers Four Lakes Night Cruise on my first night in Guilin? I spotted the famous Twin Pagodas while on the cruise and was so mesmerized by them that I had wanted to take more photos of them?

On my fourth night in Guilin, after returning from the Jingjiang Princes' City, I had that chance again. Jam, his friend and I went for a walk after dinner at the park near Shan Lake and we saw the Twin Pagodas again.

But first, let me blogged about our dinner. We ate at Xi Shui Cui Yu Xuan, the same restaurant we had lunch on our first day in Guilin.

We had glass noodles.



Snails.



Can't see those snails clearly? Let me magnify for you.



I actually did not know how to eat them. Jam taught me. I think snails were common and a popular dish in Guilin!

We rounded up the dinner with fish!



Noticed all those nuts? Seemed to me that Guilin people like to put nuts in their fish and their rice noodles!

After dinner, we went for a walk at the park facing Shan Lake.

At first we wanted to visit that famous Guilin Lijiang Waterfall Hotel to watch the man-made waterfall that made it into the Guiness Book Of Records. Unfortunately, we were told that the waterfall was out of order!

So we went to the park instead and had a leisurely walk. Here, we saw the magnificent Twin Pagodas again!



The Twin Pagodas which are famous landmarks in the city of Guilin, consists of the Sun and the Moon Pagodas.

The 9-storied Sun Pagoda, which is the higher of the two, is about 41 metres tall, and is lighted in bright yellowish gold. It is said to be made of solid bronze and may well be the tallest bronze pagoda in the world.

The 7-storied Moon Pagoda, on the other hand, is about 35 metres tall, is lighted in blue and is made of wood and glazed tiles.



The Twin Pagodas are located at the centre of the lake. There is a bridge to reach the Moon Pagoda but unfortunately we did not know about that! So we did not go up that Pagoda but instead watched it from afar! How I regretted it!

I also learnt that both the pagodas are connected by an underwater tunnel! How marvellous! So the only way to reach the Sun Pagoda is via the tunnel from the Moon Pagoda. If only we knew about that!!

Oh well, no point regretting now. If I ever go Guilin again, I will definitely make it a point to visit the magnificent Twin Pagodas!

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  1. Monica said...

    morning! :D

    October 31, 2010 at 11:32 PM
  2. Monica said...

    ohh i love glass noodles! but i've never eaten snails :D

    October 31, 2010 at 11:35 PM
  3. Monica said...

    lol u wanna go Guilin again?? anyway, nice shots of the lovely twin pagodas! :)

    October 31, 2010 at 11:37 PM
  4. foongpc said...

    monica, haven't eaten snails before? It's OK, I am not too fond of them!

    I don't mind going Guilin again but during a different season, maybe spring or autumn! : )

    October 31, 2010 at 11:48 PM
  5. HalfCrazy said...

    Hey there, it has been a while.

    Why do you guys call it Glass Noodles? In here we call it 'Pansit Bihon'. I love how greasy it is. Haha!

    To me, the nuts thing seem weird. No offense but it looks like one mess of a dish to me. Haha! :)

    The Twin Pagodas look so amazing! I wish I could get to see it with my own eyes someday! The lights glowing from it made it seem more enchanting.

    November 1, 2010 at 12:15 AM
  6. Mariuca said...

    Morning Foong, wah so early zzzz edi? Wakey wakey! :D

    November 1, 2010 at 4:39 AM
  7. Mariuca said...

    No snails for me please, how did it taste???

    November 1, 2010 at 4:39 AM
  8. Mariuca said...

    I do love dat fish though, even with the nuts on it, yum! :)

    November 1, 2010 at 4:39 AM
  9. Mariuca said...

    Love ur view pics too, so clear, what camera u using btw? Big-ass or small-ass? He he! :)

    November 1, 2010 at 4:40 AM
  10. reanaclaire said...

    the first dish looks so neat.. feel like eating now.. early morning over here, no breakfast yet! yummy!

    November 1, 2010 at 7:58 AM
  11. lina said...

    Wah! The Pagodas sure looks lovely illuminated

    November 1, 2010 at 8:26 AM
  12. khengsiong said...

    French also eat snails...

    November 1, 2010 at 8:41 AM
  13. khengsiong said...

    Not my cup of tea though...

    November 1, 2010 at 8:44 AM
  14. khengsiong said...

    Traditional towers with modern lightings... a bit weird I would say.

    November 1, 2010 at 8:45 AM
  15. June Tan said...

    Eeeewww... I can never image to eat snails~ how the taste of the snail??

    China ppl famous with nuts. Mama said nuts / soy is very important protein to them.. some low rank ppl cannot afford to eat fish they replace with nuts with high proteins n fibre

    November 1, 2010 at 9:48 AM
  16. [SK] said...

    oh that fried glass noodles looks very yummy leh..

    November 1, 2010 at 11:44 AM
  17. [SK] said...

    i guess they have a very nice name for this dish.. something like "ants crawling up the trees"?? haha..

    November 1, 2010 at 11:45 AM
  18. [SK] said...

    oh, the snails!! i think we do have this back in KL but not very common now.. used to love it and have awful time sucking the meat from the shell, hahaha~~ :D

    November 1, 2010 at 11:45 AM
  19. [SK] said...

    the twin pagodas looks so stunning with the lightings on!! wow..

    November 1, 2010 at 11:46 AM
  20. [SK] said...

    so are they really twins, like our twin towers?? same height and built the same time??

    November 1, 2010 at 11:46 AM
  21. [SK] said...

    wonder what's inside the twin pagodas?? restaurants, museums, shops and highest floor for you to view the panaromic scenery??

    November 1, 2010 at 11:47 AM
  22. Bananazஇ said...

    Are the snails the same as balitong?Whoa lup the sun moon pagodas..lovely shots..tQ

    November 1, 2010 at 12:04 PM
  23. HappySurfer said...

    The snails do look like the balitong we have here. Haven't eaten them in eons! They're very nice fried with chili. The meat is chewy a bit and very sweet. Yum! The last time I had them was at the carpark along Jalan Imbi. The stall is still there.

    Nice towers.

    November 1, 2010 at 4:21 PM
  24. Mei Teng said...

    One is gold coloured and the other's silver.


    I love glass noodles. Your photo reminds me that I have not eaten glass noodles for ages.

    November 1, 2010 at 10:04 PM
  25. poorprince said...

    i love those pagodas it so so wonderful

    November 1, 2010 at 10:14 PM
  26. poorprince said...

    noddles looks weird i wonder how it taste

    November 1, 2010 at 10:14 PM
  27. poorprince said...

    i dont usually eat shell fish
    but that seems to be good

    November 1, 2010 at 10:15 PM
  28. poorprince said...

    happy halloween panda buddy
    have a great day

    November 1, 2010 at 10:16 PM
  29. Twilight said...

    The glass noodle was so shiny and looked like those Japanese fake food! LOL

    November 1, 2010 at 11:27 PM
  30. Twilight said...

    Eeee! Those snails on the plate made my tummy turn! I know they taste better without shells....

    November 1, 2010 at 11:28 PM
  31. Twilight said...

    I really like the twin pagoda towers! They looked so majestic at night with colours!

    November 1, 2010 at 11:29 PM
  32. Twilight said...

    It is amazing that they have tunnel connected under water. Are the public allowed to go into the tunnel...?

    November 1, 2010 at 11:30 PM
  33. Twilight said...

    Next year, I will tour Shanghai and those smaller villages surrounding... Wanna go?

    November 1, 2010 at 11:31 PM
  34. Tekkaus said...

    How could I have missed this post? :p

    November 2, 2010 at 12:35 AM
  35. Tekkaus said...

    But the glass noodles doesn't look very glassy anymore. Very blacky. ;p

    November 2, 2010 at 12:37 AM
  36. Tekkaus said...

    How to eat those snails? Where are they? Still in the shells? :/

    November 2, 2010 at 12:39 AM
  37. Tekkaus said...

    Guilin people are nutty. Everything must add nuts huh? :p

    November 2, 2010 at 12:41 AM
  38. Tekkaus said...

    Huh? The waterfall was out of order? What happened? :p

    November 2, 2010 at 12:42 AM
  39. Tekkaus said...

    These two twin pagodas are really a marvelous sight to behold. :D What? They are even connected by underwater tunnel? For what? :p

    November 2, 2010 at 12:43 AM
  40. foongpc said...

    halfcrazy, hi welcome back!!

    It's called glass noodles cos it looks transparent like glass?

    Actually the fish with the nuts turn ed out to be pretty delicious!

    Yes, love the Twin Pagodas! : )

    November 2, 2010 at 2:17 AM
  41. foongpc said...

    mariuca, I don't really fancy those snails! Haha! And yes the fish was delicious. In fact, the nuts made it even more delicious!

    I'm using Panasonic Lumix LX3. Definitely small-ass Haha!!

    November 2, 2010 at 2:19 AM
  42. foongpc said...

    reanaclaire, thanks! Go eat your breakfast! : )

    November 2, 2010 at 2:20 AM
  43. foongpc said...

    lina, yes they do! : )

    November 2, 2010 at 2:23 AM
  44. foongpc said...

    khengsiong, I dun really like the snails actually. But the pagodas - they are beautiful : )

    November 2, 2010 at 2:24 AM
  45. foongpc said...

    june tan, the taste of the snail is OK but I don't really fancy it.

    Oh! It's true nuts are good protein sources : )

    November 2, 2010 at 2:25 AM
  46. foongpc said...

    SK, I dun know the name of the dish cos my Mandarin really poor! Haha! But yes, the glass noodles were nice!

    I dun really fancy the snails - and I only learnt there how to suck the meat out from the shells!

    Haha! Looks like you did not read my post properly! The pagodas are of different height. Too bad I didn't get to go inside! :(

    November 2, 2010 at 2:27 AM
  47. foongpc said...

    bananaz, balitong? maybe, not sure haha! Glad you like the pagodas : )

    November 2, 2010 at 2:28 AM
  48. foongpc said...

    happysurfer, really the stall still there in Jln Imbi? Maybe I should go try it!

    November 2, 2010 at 2:29 AM
  49. foongpc said...

    mei teng, go eat glass noodles! Yum!! : D

    November 2, 2010 at 2:30 AM
  50. foongpc said...

    poorprince, thanks for loving the pagodas! : D

    The glass noodles were nice! You have never eaten glass noodles before?

    Happy Halloween to you too! : )

    November 2, 2010 at 2:31 AM
  51. foongpc said...

    twilight, the glass noodle looks shiny? maybe it's the flash from my camera haha!!

    Yes, the twin pagodas are amazing too bad I didn't get to go inside!

    Next year going Shanghai? Enjoy your trip! : )

    November 2, 2010 at 2:33 AM
  52. foongpc said...

    tekkaus, you have never eaten the snails before? Cannot be found in Melaka? You got to suck them out from their shells.

    LOL! Guilin people very nutty? Yes, they love to eat nuts!

    Don't know what happened to the waterfall - maybe it malfunctioned?

    The underwater tunnel is to connect both the pagodas as there is no other way to access the Sun Pagoda.

    November 2, 2010 at 2:37 AM
  53. willie a.k.a reptoz said...

    My my my ... i wonder how's the snails tasted like.

    November 2, 2010 at 7:03 AM
  54. wenn said...

    wow, I simply love pagodas..

    November 2, 2010 at 12:10 PM
  55. Gabriel said...

    wow...so awesome. underwater tunnel? that's very interesting...

    November 2, 2010 at 1:02 PM
  56. Vegas Vip said...

    The Twin Pagodas are looking brilliant during the night. The environment around the pagodas is really marvelous. The served food looks too yummy.

    November 2, 2010 at 4:57 PM
  57. New Baby Gifts said...

    The Twin Pagodas can rightly be described as the golden and silver pagodas. The lights are giving them a new definition. The food looks to be tasty and hence hope that you all enjoyed them.

    November 2, 2010 at 5:30 PM
  58. Che-Cheh said...

    So how you eat the snail? Use lidi?

    November 2, 2010 at 6:23 PM
  59. Faisal Admar said...

    i love glass noodle so much!

    btw that is not snail la my friend. its balitung. or we simply called it siput sedut. you must suck it right? to get the meat.

    but something surprised me when i ate at victoria station. they called it swedish garden snail!

    November 2, 2010 at 11:46 PM
  60. Hanging lamps said...

    lol very impressive and also relevant tha ks for it..

    November 3, 2010 at 2:42 PM
  61. Life Ramblings said...

    the twin pagodas look so beautifully illuminated at night. did you use a tripod?

    November 4, 2010 at 7:17 AM
  62. Life Ramblings said...

    i'm not fond of snails of any kind, so yucky.

    November 4, 2010 at 7:19 AM
  63. Carol said...

    Wow what a lovely picture, the twin pagodas looks so stunning, really nice pics...

    November 4, 2010 at 2:58 PM
  64. Ishmael Fischer Ahab said...

    Ah...snails. It had been a long time since I tasted a dish with snail. Maybe I had to request my parents to buy snails for the next time they go to the market.

    The twin pagodas look definitely fabulous. I like to visit that also.

    November 6, 2010 at 10:45 PM
  65. Ayie said...

    A great view at night plus a well rounded meal? What else is missing to complete such trip?

    November 7, 2010 at 1:17 PM