A "little late" for 8:30 turned out to be a quarter to ten. We hit the road for Western Kunming and Hai Yuan Temple, an area Liu Hong had identified on a map as interesting geologically. There was a spring and several cave entrances marked on the map.
The temple was newly built - the old temple had been destroyed long ago. Behind the glit Buddhas and blue-faced door gods there was a small spring with a miniscule trickle of water. It was most unimpressive. Liu Hong quashed the looks of disbelief, it turned out the water was diverted at a pumping station, leaving only this plastic bag laden murk for the temple's spring.
There were two dry cave entrances on site, but we opted to look at them a few days hence since they'd involve a bit of an uphill slog.
We drove uphill along a quite scenic tree lined road leading to Qion Zhu Si, a famous temple. Past another temple sporting huge ying-yangs, to a tacky tourist resort - little villas built around a man-made lake fed by Hua Hong Dong Upper Cave. The manager wanted to charge us for a look at his electric wire and pipe festooned cave but Liu Hong promised we'd shut our eyes. Matt, the only one who'd thought to bring a head torch reported "still going, more pipes and wires", so we moved on to the downstream cave. Lots of rubble, the remains of an old pump house and stooping passage. Looks like it'll be fun to survey.
|Hai Yuan Si (lake source temple)
|Hua Hong Dong (Red flower cave) (Upper Cave)
|| EPE 11m
|Hua Hong Dong (Red flower cave) (Lower Cave)