曼德勒近郊-明宮

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本來不打算到明宮,因為太遙遠了,要坐一小時船到那裏,而且每天只得一班,一去便是一個下午。原本打算星期三離開曼德勒,但因船期關係,到浦甘的船要星期二、四、六才能開出,故被迫多留在曼德勒一天,於是順便參觀這座未完成的遺址。

雖說明宮尚未完成,但仍然可以感受到它的宏偉。在船快將到達的時候,已能遠遠望見明宮,起初在相機看只有一丁點兒小,及後越來越大,當上岸來到明宮跟前時,更加不相信眼前所見的一切,因為我看見是一坐用磚砌成的山。

未完成已經這麼巨大,假如真的建成,那還得了?它恐怕是全球最巨大的建築。

明宮在一八三八年被地震震裂,現在還清楚可見一道巨大裂縫,增添這座被遺棄古蹟的滄桑。明宮附近有一道石梯登上明宮頂部,頂上被地震震得崎嶇不平,亂石四散,又沒有圍欄,一不小心隨時會「拗柴」,又或是會掉落明宮底。但在這裏卻可以飽覽附近的平原和海景,千辛萬苦赤腳走上來,中途又曾被碎石弄痛腳掌,但也是值得的。

沿著明宮往市集方向步行約二百米,會看見一個號稱全世界第三大的鐘,高四尺、直徑五尺,聽說付少少錢便可以試敲,還可試坐牛車。但我沒有這個雅興,反而有興趣徒步遊覽附近的村莊。

這些村莊十分簡樸,用竹籬笆圍繞著,途中遇見三個小孩,他們雖然聽不懂我的英文,但仍流露出燦爛的笑容,令我感覺到這個地方充滿人情味。所以各位有機位到明宮的朋友,不要只看完明宮便回碼頭等船,順道遊覽村莊,會帶給大家另一種特別的回憶。

旅遊小貼士:

1. 經講價後,由曼德勒市到明宮的三輪車費來回約1600緬幣。車夫會在碼頭等你,十分盡責。

2. 明宮的入場費是六美金,可以共遊實皆山,在碼頭的售票處有售,船票來回則是1000緬幣。

3. 開船時間是上午九時,回程時間是下午一時。如果錯過這班船,便要加一百緬幣,乘搭四時開出的船,那班船是讓當地人乘搭的。

只看這道門口,並沒有什麼特別,但再看在門口前的我,比較之下,明宮氣勢當堂不同
只看這道門口,並沒有什麼特別,但再看在門口前的我,比較之下,明宮氣勢當堂不同
明宮看起來就像一座磚山
明宮看起來就像一座磚山
全世界第三大的鐘
全世界第三大的鐘
明宮頂可飽覽附近景色,但沒有圍欄,站在旁邊也有點害怕。
明宮頂可飽覽附近景色,但沒有圍欄,站在旁邊也有點害怕。
地震震裂了明宮,頂部也是一片頹緩敗瓦
地震震裂了明宮,頂部也是一片頹緩敗瓦
船還未到,已能遠遠看見明宮
船還未到,已能遠遠看見明宮

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My name is Chee. Add a "r" after the word, then it would become Cheer. This name is called by my friend in university and I like it very much. Why do I love this name? Easy. I always think cheer is important because life is limited and we should make every possible way to enjoy, play, and make ourselves happy. But, saying is easier than doing. Whenever you want to do one thing, something would happen and it will disturb what you are doing right now. You'll never guess what the thing would be. Especially a few people gather together, you'll never guess what they're thinking. More the people there are, more the mess it would be. I've learned the above lesson very very early, and I try not to mind what other's people thinking, but it's really really difficult. Today, I failed again. My friend made me unhappy. But I know I'll recover and back to my life again tomorrow after I had a good sleep. Maybe this is the way of escape since the problems haven't solved yet, but I believe there will be ways to solve the problems and you'll never believe that ways are not so complicated as you think. So cheer cheer cheer up, and life would become easy and happy. 「講左咁耐,都唔知大家明唔明講乜,不過唔明都唔緊要啦,做人難得糊塗嘛,又何必太在意我呢個傻婆講既野。」

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