Yingge Ling aka Parrot Beak Ridge, a precious gem on Hainan Island
It took me and my fellow travelers almost one day of driving along the province’s western highway to finally reach an ethnic village deep in the forest about 500 meters above sea level. On either side of the village were Wuzhishan, the highest mountain in Hainan, and Parrot Beak Ridge, a mountain range second in height to Wuzhishan.
We spent the night at the village where most of the locals were from the Li ethnic minority group. The lifestyle there was rather primitive with observing the starry sky and listening to the singsong sounds of various insects as the only nighttime entertainment.
The farm fields and mountain ranges were shrouded in a milky haze early the next morning. The breathtaking scenery kept our camera shudders quite busy.
Parrot Beak Ridge is named after its highest peak, which stands 1,811 meters above sea level and is shaped like the beak of a parrot. The mountain, in its luxurious coat of greenery, is blessed with natural springs, lakes and waterfalls of different sizes. It is the habitat of many rare animals.
We hired a local guide who saved us much time and energy as we made our way up the mountain. Even with the guide knowing the less traveled paths by heart, it still took us well over five hours to arrive at the top.
As we silently watched the rolling landscape unfold below us, the simple exhilaration of being at the very top of Parrot Beak Ridge was overwhelming.
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