Bama – The Longevity Village Part 2 (Final)
Continuing with my Bama post, on the second day, we went to the well-known 百魔天坑 Baimo Tiankeng which is famous for the special karst landform.
The earth’s magnetism here is 0.58 gauss which is twice the ordinary value. It is believed that an appropriate geomagnetic environment is will good for blood circulation and encourages a low rate of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease and the electromagnetic waves bring a better quality of sleep.
Why are there so many people in Bama who live such a long life? Are there some secrets?
According to scientists, Bama is in a remote area with few factories or pollution. Especially in Baimo Tiankeng, the air in the area is SO CLEAN! The negative oxygen ions are per 3000 cubic centimeter along the river side which is 10 times the average value in big cities.
Many people who are sick will come here for a retreat. Stay here for a month or so and then go back. And when they don’t feel well again, they will come back. Everytime I breathe in, I feel so sleepy and so much lighter! Looks like it’s time I come here for a retreat to run away from the stressful life in Singapore. haha!
The villagers are selling some food outside Baimo Tiankeng.
Then we went to second part of Baimo Tiankeng where there were colourful stones and fossils formation.
The river flows through a karst landscape and therefore the water is rich in calcium carbonate and as a PH value of between 7-8. Weak alkaline ionized water can help maintain the acid-base balance of blood and bodily fluids makes the body more effective in resisting bacteria, viruses, inflammation and disease. Many people come here to collect the spring water.
Next, we visited the 水波天窗 Shuibo TianChuang (or called 名百鸟岩 BaiNiaoYuan). The guide for this cruise is a very funny guy who sings very well.
Entering into the cave is like enterting to a different world. Some parts of it is bright and some part of it is in complete darkness. So people always say, going into ShuiBo TianChuang is like experiencing 3 days and 3 nights.
Last but not least, we visited the Ren Shou Village (人寿山庄) which has a rich cultural landscape. We were first greeted by the pretty Yao Zhu ladies where they offered us their house wine.
Dinner was served!
No, this is not nasi bryani. They eat so healthily, this is steam corn rice!
And of course the usual huoma soup, which is believed to be one of the reasons for their longevity.
Some yummy fish snacks
There were alot of vegetables on the table. But because all of us were very hungry. I didn’t have the time to shoot all of them!
Some steamed chicken which was very boney.
And a lovely plate of tou fu.
The main programme for the night was the campfire which they had specially prepared for us. There was performances by the crew, singing beautiful yao tunes and us playing some blindfold games.
We even had a bamboo dance!
We ended off the night will us dancing around the campfire. I love campfire sessions like this, reminded me of my time in Girl Guides. And obviously felt like a kid again while dancing and playing the games.
Bama is really a special town. Each year, many people visit to bama and stay for a while in the hope of becoming more healthy and prolonging their life. The elderly people are like a living history book and are living treasures.
The people of the area do mostly labor intensive work while their food is quite simple and vegetables are a large part of the diet. Their simple life is quiet and stress free.
Now I am hoping to visit that place again…
For Bama post Part 1, click here.