Tang Dynasty Caves and Longqingxia Ice Festival, 2014/02/08
Photos from an outing in Yanqing District, where we visited a valley where people used to live in caves before heading on to the Longqingxia Ice Festival.
During winter, the Longqingxia park holds an ice festival that is a smaller scale version of the big ice festival in Harbin.
The festival is best after dark, as many of the sculptures are lit up with beautiful colours.
Also in the area is the Tang Caves, a set of cave dwellings hollowed out of the hills in a valley. No one is quite sure who lived there, and when, but the local story is that the caves were dug out during the Tang Dynasty (618-907AD).
No matter the actual history, the place is a great spot to look about.
After we investigated the caves, we headed on to a local restaurant to warm up with some soup and drinks before heading on to the ice festival, spending two hours looking around before coming back home.