Monday, November 18, 2013

Balik Pulau Lodge (浮罗山背客家山寨)


We were taken on a little adventurous trip to Balik Pulau Lodge aka Hakka Village last last Sunday. I went unprepared. No mosquito repellent, no sunblock. I honestly did not expect the Hakka heritage to be situated on top of a mountain in the middle of nowhere. It felt pretty much like visiting my grandparent's orchard back in my hometown. Nothing impressive to me really. People from the big cities, on the other hand, would find such country outdoor recreation rewarding.

After parking your vehicle (no personal vehicles allowed beyond the car park), you may choose to either hike / walk, cycle or simply pay a small amount of money for them to take you up the valley. Transportation fee is RM10 per person unless you're getting the RM35 package which works out cheaper with meals, entrance and transportation fees included.

Balik Pulau Lodge (客家山寨) Hakka Heritage Gallery
Lucky number 7! A number was given to us prior waiting for the 4WD to arrive.

Balik Pulau Lodge (客家山寨) Hakka Heritage Gallery
A hand-drawn map shows how to get from Bayan Lepas to Pulau Betong.
It's significantly helpful with getting around this area.

Balik Pulau Lodge (客家山寨) Hakka Heritage Gallery
Tada! The centuries-old traditional Hakka house, 客家山寨.

Balik Pulau Lodge (客家山寨) Hakka Heritage Gallery
Found a bouquet of pink flowers ♥ Teehee!

Balik Pulau Lodge (客家山寨) Hakka Heritage Gallery
A pictorial map for your reference. There are 10 African-style tents, 20 mobile tents, 6 hammocks with mosquito netting, and a field camouflage yurts to accommodate you.

- RM 180 for group package including accommodation, food, indoor and outdoor training.
- RM 145 for family package including transportation, food and accommodation.

Balik Pulau Lodge (客家山寨) Hakka Heritage Gallery
During the18th century, the Hakkas said to have sailed all the way from China to exploit the back of Balik Pulau. In 1786, the British colonists opened the door, allowing more Hakkas to come to work as laborers. Hardwork and frugal living are their keys of success to owning up to 80% of the mountainous areas of Balik Pulau today. Cardamon and durian trees, and a variety medicinal plants can be found all over the mountain.

Balik Pulau Lodge (客家山寨) Hakka Heritage Gallery
Our 8-course lunch. They served some of the common home-cooked dishes:

- Pork Knuckles in Sweetened Vinegar (猪脚醋, it was spicy).
- Preserved Turnip Omelet (菜圃蛋).
- Duck and Pickled Mustard Soup (鸭肉酸菜汤, overly peppery).
- Pork Belly with Preserved Mustard Cabbage (梅菜猪肉).
- Stir Fried Cabbage with Dried Shrimps (虾米炒高丽菜).
- Braised Chicken with Bitter Gourd (苦瓜焖鸡肉).
- Braised Pork Ribs with Red Fermented Bean Curd (南乳焖排骨).
- Stuffed Tofu Puff with Ground Pork (酥炸豆腐包).

Balik Pulau Lodge (客家山寨) Hakka Heritage Gallery
Self-serving corner with free-flow steamed rice and Chinese tea. Do get your own cutlery from here, chopsticks or fork and spoon as you prefer. Iced cold red cardamon (红豆蔻) drinks are also available on the other side of the tavern to cool your body down on a hot day.

Balik Pulau Lodge (客家山寨) Hakka Heritage Gallery
One of the African-style tents, 花花世界.

Balik Pulau Lodge (客家山寨) Hakka Heritage Gallery
聚散两依依.

Balik Pulau Lodge (客家山寨): Cactus House
Mini cactus house, 仙人之家.

Balik Pulau Lodge (客家山寨) Hakka Heritage Gallery
Random shot of a moth versus an ant.

Balik Pulau Lodge (客家山寨) Hakka Heritage Gallery
We had a stroll around the site later after lunch and came to 望海楼 for a break from all the mosquito attacks. It's a lookout point with not-so-striking panoramic sea view.

Balik Pulau Lodge (客家山寨) Hakka Heritage Gallery
Distraction, distraction... I tried hard not to scratch the mosquito bites on my legs. Ugh, those mountain mosquitoes are immune to mosquito repellent!!! *pulls hair* The information counter has mosquito repellent, free to spray, in case you're wondering how and from where I got it from.

Balik Pulau Lodge (客家山寨) Hakka Heritage Gallery
The souvenir section. We didn't pick up any.

Balik Pulau Lodge (客家山寨) Hakka Heritage Gallery
Waiting for our ride down the valley. The entire dining and exploring experience took us less than one and a half hour. Too warm and painful to stay any longer =/

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