Basically visiting the Roaring Tiger Rock takes about two hours, and one hour for viewing A Thread of Sky. The two attractions combined will take you half day. On the morning of September 05, 2011, we took a trishaw from Wuyishan Holiday Resort and got to Wuyi Palace, where we took the shuttle bus for the entrance to the Roaring Tiger Rock.
We took the shuttle bus at the bus terminal at Wuyi Palace for Roaring Tiger Rock. Only the shuttle buses owned by Wuyishan Scenery are allowed to be in operation. No other vehicles are permitted to do business in Wuyishan Scenic Area.
We took the shuttle bus at the bus terminal at Wuyi Palace for Roaring Tiger Rock.
We started to climb in a loop trail on the stone paved or rock carved steps to the top of Roaring Tiger Rock. The Roaring Tiger Rock is a desk-typed hill with steep cliffs at the sea level of 424.2 meters. Hiking on the zigzag trails makes people feel as if ascending to the sky. The legends has it that an immortal rode a roaring tiger on a rock, hence the name of Roaring Tiger Rock. Actually the sound of the tiger roaring comes from a rock cave blown by the mountain wind, which caused the sound similar to the roaring of a tiger.
Sedan chairs service is available for those who don’t have strong legs at the cost RMB 500 for a round trip.
Soon we found a hike trail map carved in the rock at the starting point for a loop hike starting to climb up the treacherous hero hill and then walking down from other side of the hill.
Climbing up the Tiger Roaring Rock through the Hero Hill was the most challenging leg of our hike around the hill. If you have a faint heart, don’t hike on this trail. Basically it was quite safe for the hike since the steps were firm carved in the rock and stone railings were solid.
On the top, we had a better view of the surrounding peaks and hill.
Where was the Tiger Roaring Rock? It was very strange, on the hill top, we didn’t find any sign pointing to the Rock. Later we knew the hill we had just summited was the Tiger Roaring Rock. We continued to walk till we came aross a sightseeing platform where again we had a panoramic view of the peaks in Wuyishan Mountains.
Posed on the sightseeing platform witht the double-breast peaks as the background.
Was that the cave producing the roaring tiger sound propelled by the mountain wind? We were not quite sure. Now the cave was now used as a temple, Taoist or Budhhist?
A Cave Temple
We walked down along the cemented ladders attached to the rock.
On the hillside of the Tiger Roaring Rock, we met Godess of Mercy carved on the cave turned temple – Tian Cheng Temple which was first built in 1707. Tian Cheng literally means “Made by Heaven”.
Godess of Mercy carved on the cave turned temple
After visiting the Tian Cheng Temple, we continue to trek down the Roaring Tiger Rock.
Finishing the loop trail hike around the Roaring Tiger Rock, we walked through a green tea tree field, which belonged to a tea selling company.