Genting is also known as the 'Las Vegas' of Malaysia and the 'City of Entertainment'. It is here that you will find the only legal casinos (2 of them now) in the whole of Malaysia. But there is also a spiritual side to this resort.
Recently, during the month of January 2010, we drove up to Genting Highlands Resort to celebrate our 22nd wedding anniversary. We travelled off-peak so as to escape the crowd and enjoy the peace and tranquility of this beautiful highland 'above the clouds' as it is known in Chinese (雲頂高原) . Half way up, at about 4,600 ft above sea level, we decided to stopover at the Chin Swee Temple, which according to the resort's publicity news, is situated 'at a rocky forested land on the most scenic spot of Genting Highlands'.
“Chin Swee Temple - Genting Highlands Part 1”, a copyrighted post, was written for My Nice Garden blog by Autumn Belle @ http://www.mynicegarden.com/ on March 12, 2010.
I was extremely delighted to find many many orange daylilies blooming here. That was the first time I ever see a real daylily plant. There's a pagoda here, partially hidden from view by the tall trees. A mythical crane, the fengshui symbol of longevity is perched at the railing and seems to be admiring the scenic views of its surroundings.
Daylilies seem to do well in this place where the daily temperatures average between 14C - 25C.
At first glance, I thought these were the Melastoma malabathricum (Straits Rhododendron) or senduduk as we fondly call it by the local name.
However, based on the flower colour, I think they are the Tibouchina urvilleana or Princess Flower (Glory Bush).
This is a monument with the statue of the late Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong, the founder of Genting Highlands Resort. He discovered this serene site when he started building works on the first hotel at the peak of Genting Highlands. While constructing the road leading to Genting Highlands, he spotted this cool rocky slope, covered with green tropical vegetation dotted with flowing streams, which was very similar to the Chin Swee Crag back in his native Penglai Village in Fujian, China. Here, he was inspired to build a temple similar to the original one in China. Hence, that was how Chin Swee Temple of Malaysia took shape.
I like the lush variegated foliage of the croton plants in the planter below the statue. Do you think you can see some shadows of me reflected in the pink slab of granite there?
I am extremely delighted to dedicate this post to Ms Tatyana from Washington, USA, of MySecretGarden blog. She was my first commenter for my previous Wordless Wednesday post titled, "Blue Vine Sariteae magnifica." Her blog and pictures are as beautiful as the places that I am visiting now. I am so glad that despite her very busy schedule, she still drops by to view and comment on my posts.
This is my entry for Blooming Friday, 2nd week of March 2010. My grateful thanks to Katarina at Roses and Stuff for hosting Blooming Friday. To see what others have posted or to participate, click here.
This is also my entry for Fertilizer Friday. My grateful thanks to Tootsie at Tootsie Time for hosting Fertilizer Friday. To see what others have posted or to participate, visit here.