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The Strange Slope Scenic Area in Shenyang
    2008-01-08 17:18:41     CRIENGLISH.com

2008-01-08

The Strange Slop in Shenyang [photo source: intour.gov.cn]

In 1990, the discovery of the Strange Slope in Shenyang, Liaoning Province of Northeast China drew attention worldwide.
Today, Strange Slope lies at the heart of the Strange Slope Scenic Area, which also features a number of other natural attractions, including those which comprise the area's well-known "Three Mysteries" and "Five Great Mountains".

It is located 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) from the northeastern portion of Shenyang.

--Highlight:

1. Strange Slope

The slope is 80 meters (262.5 feet) long and 15 meters (49.2 feet) wide. Its uniqueness lies in its apparent violation of gravity.

If you stop a car at the foot of this Strange Slope, you will be surprised to find that the car will run to the top of the slope without any outside force. If you ride a bike, you will sense the uniqueness of this slope. The bike will quickly slip to the top without pedaling, while you have to ride hard to get from the top to the bottom of the slope.

Strange Slope is still regarded as a mystery.

2. "Three Mysteries"

Together with the Strange Slope, the following two sights compose the 'Three Mysteries' of the scenic spot.

Xiangshan is located on a hillside 100 meters (328 feet) away from the Strange Slope. Here, when you stomps on the hillside, you hears a loud sound resonating from the earth below. Its name, Xiangshan, means a hill which produces a heavy sound.

Wongding is another hilltop located close by. Similarly, its name (pronounced 'wong') describes the sound which results from a wooden hammer or a stone hitting the ground.

Added information:

There is a labyrinth between the Strange Slope and Xiangshan, as well as a path with 518 steep steps. The view from atop the steps is fully worthwhile; here visitors can view a panorama of the scenic area.

3. "Five Great Mountains"

The area surrounding the Strange Slope Scenic Area is lush and mountainous. Yunmaoshan Mountain is tranquil yet prominent with its lofty peak remaining veiled by clouds year-round.

Wolongshan Mountain winds up and down like a crouching dragon with valleys on its foot covered with Chinese scholar trees.

Guibeishan Mountain, which looks like three tortoises floating in the water, together with other two mountains, Changkongshan Mountain and Dagushan Mountain, make up the famous 'Five Great Mountains' of the Strange Slope Scenic Area.

Admission Fee: 20 RMB or $3

Opening Hours: 05:30-16:30 (Summer); 09:00-17:00 (Winter)

Bus Route: 331, 330, 328

--Recommended traditional restaurants:

1. Laobian Dumpling Restaurant

With 160 years of history, Liaobian Dumpling has become a calling card of Shenyang. The unique shape and delicious fillings of Laobian dumplings will definitely make your mouth water every time you see them.

2. Majia Shaomai Restaurant

Founded in 1796, Majia Shaomai Guan is the most famous Muslim snack shop in Shenyang. Each Shaomai (a steamed dumpling with the dough gathered at the top) is in the shape of a peony; a feast to both eyes and mouth.

--Transportation:

Beijing to Shenyang,
By air: 1 hour; about 700 Yuan, or about $90.
By train: 6 hours; about 200 Yuan, or about $25.

--Accommodation:

There are many hotels in the city or around the scenic spots. The prices range from $26 to $80 for a standard room per night.

--Tips:

1. If you come to Shenyang in spring or autumn, some light clothes are enough, such as knitted sweater, jackets. However, if you travel to Shenyang in winter, you must take heavy clothes to protect against the cold.

2. Winter is an especially good time to visit because the Ice & Snow Festival is held then and is very entertaining and enjoyable.

Tomorrow, we'll continue our trip in Shenyang and mainly talk about the International Ice and Snow Festival.

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