Qing Xin Ling: A walk through time and nature

Qing Xin Ling, literally means Serene Hill in English.

Just a 20-minute drive from Ipoh old town, is a hidden gem sandwiched between the two famous cave temples of Sam Poh Tong and Kek Lok Tong.

Secluded from the busy city outside, the Qing Xin Ling Leisure and Cultural Village is one of Ipoh’s tourist attractions you should not miss.

Literally translated in English as “Serene Hill”, Qing Xin Ling lives up to its name by incorporating the beauty of nature while taking you back in time.

Be sure to purchase your entrance ticket at Syarikat Perabot Kota first before heading to Qing Xin Ling or else you will be disappointed to learn that tickets are not sold at the entrance.

Getting to Qing Xin Ling can be confusing because there is no clear signage. To get there, you have to drive through the residential area of Taman Saikat. The roads can be narrow as it’s a pretty small neighbourhood.

Just in case, here’s a picture of the place. When you see this, you’ll know you’re in the right place.

The parking lot is huge, so feel free to bring the whole family.

 

Walk to the end of the left corner where the real entrance to Qing Xin Ling lies.
Your journey starts here.

There are many activities you can indulge in over here – ride a bicycle, feed the fish, barbecue, set up a campfire and more.

You can ride these bicycles for free.

Riding a bicycle is fun, but walking would be a better option as the paths are gravelly and some areas are off-limits to bicycles anyway.

1. God of Fortune and Wish Tree

The branches are dripping with red ribbons that symbolise the good wishes of visitors past.

From the entrance, walk straight and you’ll be greeted by an oversized statue of the God of Fortune standing under the shade of a huge tree.

The branches are dripping with red ribbons that symbolise the good wishes of visitors past.

2. Classic Vintage Items

Just behind the Wish Tree is a small cottage that houses a collection of antiques.
Radio, old-school jukebox and vinyl record player.

3. 3D Replica

Sin Yoon Loong Coffee Shop.

Along the way, you’ll come across a series of 3D replica artwork that portrays various scenes from days gone by.

Justice Bao/Bao Qing Tian.
Qing Xin Bodhi Bell.

6. Cultural Village

Keep walking up the winding path paved with stones where more kiosks and old shops await.

Previously, it was a trail for jungle trekking but now has been turned into a stretch of 80s-style villages.

Mock traditional barbershop that looks like the real thing.
Cendol stall with decorative displays.
Wantan Mee stall.
This looks like the living room of a house – with old square box TV set and old-fashioned lamps.
Confucius Temple.
Chinese Zodiac House.

7. Romantic Chalets

A romantic cabin (that’s what’s written in the hand-drawn map) with a French Windmill at the side.
Love nest.
Love nest.
This beautiful lake is surrounded by picturesque limestone hills.

8. Nature in all its glory

A wooden gazebo.
Take five and feed the fish.
Breathtaking view of a striking green lake surrounded by limestone hills.

All in all, the Qing Xin Ling experience is quirky in some ways but overall a pleasant experience offering many Instagram-worthy photo opportunities.

Qing Xin Ling Leisure and Cultural Village
22A Persiaran Pinggir Rapat 5A
Taman Saikat
31350 Ipoh, Perak

Tel: 05-3124140
Operating hours: 9:00am–7:00pm
Entrance fee: RM10/person

This article first appeared in uppre.com