Kuling Church that is now a cinema house showing the History of Lushan movie
My grandmother told me a story about how all denominations shared this building. The Russian's
living in a valley south of Kuling would come on Saturday for their services. They had many bee hives
and engaged in honey production.
Lu Mountain is an old volcano that rises South of the Yangtze River near Jiujiang and Boyang Lake to
the East in Jiangxi, Province. It rises 2200 meters high and provides a slight reprieve from the humid
Summers. Many foreign missionaries had a Summer homes where they could escape from the heat
below in Kuling.
Charmain Mao had a villa built there, and like all his residences built for him around China, are one
story and look like a bunker. Mao didn't like going beyond the first floor, as he believed he could be
trapped by a coup, or aerial bombing. He also had a escape tunnel so that he could leave the building
undetected and exited near the lake below the villa. Today his former residence is now the Lushan
Museum, where a wall of Hart photos are displayed.
Top of 18 Curves Rd. with Kuling A section of
18 Curves Rd. where the
nestled along the slops of Lushan road ends on
the left, connect it with
the lower left photos
Passing the Dongling Buddhist Temples complex, you are now on the Kuling Road, which in several
places has names like 18 bends, and is extremely steep in some places. It is difficult to imagine being a
coolie and carrying a westerner up its inclines. As you rise up the mountainside, the Buddhists temples
Pagodas of Dongling and Singling, protrude from the forest canopy of bamboo and pine.
Today the city of Lushan has incorporated the village of Kuling, and many Chinese only know its poets
past and warrior legends of history the mountain and little of he Kuling mission one. Along with how
the Japanese were routed from it during WWII, and the Communist Party would hold some of their
annual meetings there; very limited mission information. The former church, which was shared by all
the faiths, is now the city cinema, where you can see the "History of Lushan" from the Japanese
takeover to today. The building has a different roof line of red metal and the south side of the building
no longer has its previous added extension.
There are many places of interest to see upon the mountain top. Some worth mentioning are the Three
Ancient Trees, two cedar and one Ginkgo. The earliest being planted over six hundred years ago. The
other two are five and three hundred years old. It used to be that one could climb up into the branches
of the Ginkgo to have your photograph taken, but all the trees are now surrounded by a high fence.
Below them is Yellow Dragon, and Black Dragon Falls, which has small pools of water beneath them.
A short distance over a ridge to the East, and down mid-mountain is the Three Water-Falls, where each
drop becomes a successively higher cascade.
On the West side of the mountain is Heavenly Valley, where there is a rock formation like a diving
board is, many people will stand upon it to have their picture taken. Legend has it a general attempting
to flee, crossed it safely, but the perusing one was halted by the instantly made gap. Another protruding
formation will grant your wish if you walk three times around it, thought today the safety rail removes
the apprehension to attempt circling it. There is also a small formation that juts out in the image hands
praying, hence the name praying Buddha Cave.
Rather than stand on it, I chose to hang from under the Heavenly Bridge being the troll I am
Christie, left Dr.Edgerton, Hart Middle Edward Little, right on a branch of the Ginkgo,
Three Ancient Trees, March, 2009 Three Old Trees: 2
cedar & 1 ginkgo
Dr. Edgerton Hart, Edward Little, ? Father: Bud, & me
Black Dragon Pool
Lushan Upper & Middle Middle & Lower Falls in profile looking
east Lushan 3 Waterfalls: May, 2007
Falls looking south
My great grandmother wrote: that one day one of the mission men on a picnic decided to go
swimming above the top fall, he was observed being swept over the top cascade, but his body was
Boyang Lake from Kuling Small temple at top of knoll
Buddha Cave with folded hands above entrance
Notice above the entrance where the Inside walls of cave adorned with Rock
promontories of Heavenly
light / shadow meet is a rock out- many idols of Buddha to Valley
cropping representing a Buddha's venerate
hands folded in prayer