Qing Xin Ling Leisure and Cultural Village (清心岭休闲文化村) is a must-see gem in Ipoh if you have time to spare. The park is run by a local Buddhist association.
The name of the park, Qing Xin Ling means “serene hill” in Mandarin.
And there’s plenty to see and do in the park. And hence, it is perfect for spending time with friends and family! Make new memories or rekindle old ones!
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Qin Xin Ling Ticket Price
Tickets to the recreational park cost RM12 for any Malaysian aged 7 years old and above.
Where To Buy Qing Xin Ling Tickets
Note: Years back, walk-in visitors were not allowed, and you had to buy the tickets at Syarikat Perabot Kota. Which is further away from the park!
Thankfully, you can now buy Qing Xin Ling tickets directly from the ticket office at the entrance of the park.
Note: Book tickets at least one day ahead for large groups as they do have a daily quota for visitors to Qing Xin Ling! The quota is something like a total of 60 cars per day.
What Do The Tickets Include?
With the purchase of tickets, you can:
- Enter Qing Xin Ling
- Rent bicycles
- Use any of the toilets (for no extra charge)
- Park your car in the car park in front of the park
- Stay in the park for as long as you like (within opening hours, of course!)
Note: The tickets do not include the cost of any animal food or beverages sold inside the park.
Things To Do At Qing Xin Ling
If you go early in the morning, the sun rays enhance the beauty of the limestone hills! Some people even pay extra to have a pre-wedding photoshoot here.
But besides admiring the gorgeous scenery and natural limestone formations, you can:
1. Ride Around The Park
It’s a fun way to cover more ground in the park. There are tandem bikes as well as family bicycles!
The bikes are well-maintained but there is a shortage of bikes after 10am. Don’t be surprised if someone takes your bike while you’re exploring the little huts around the lake.
Tip: Some areas are off-limit to the bicycles!
2. Make A Wish!
At the center of the park is a large Banyan tree.
Visitors can write their wishes on red ribbons (costs RM3) which you can hang (or throw) onto the branches of the tree.
3. Snap Some Photos!
Qing Xin Ling is very photo friendly. Hard not to be, with such an amazing natural backdrop! The props, lakeside chalets and art installations make things more colorful and interesting.
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4. Bring Up Nostalgic Memories Looking At All Their Antique Collection!
The lakeside chalets house antiques on display. These date back to the 60’s and 80’s.
There are things like old typewriters, Malay traditional costumes, old firemen’s equipment, and weighing scales.
Elderly Malaysians will be thrilled to point out what these artifacts were used for back in their younger days.
5. Take A Walk Up Memory Lane
It is easy to find the entrance to the hillside stairs after you pass the first lake in the park. The stairs are in the colors of the rainbow with matching umbrellas all the way up.
And there’s a mini structure that looks just like the Birch Memorial Clocktower in Ipoh Old Town too.
Go past the miniature models of other Ipoh landmarks (like the town hall) and colorful windmills above the park and see reenactments of old street stalls from the 80’s on a winding stone path that slopes upward.
Note: You can’t buy anything from these stalls as they’re just for show!
Two entwined Dinosaur statues mark the end of the walk. Random? Yes. There are also markers for zodiac animals here that make for another fun photo opportunity.
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6. Swing With A Good View Of The Lake!
Sit at any of the benches around the lake. There are swings at the front of the park where you can have a nice view of the lake too.
These are great photo opportunities!
Tip: The lake is more still (and reflective) before the breeze picks up around 11am
7. Feed Fish
Buy some fish food (RM1 per packet) to feed the fish in the park. There are little stations around the park where you can get fish food. Just drop the payment into the respective money boxes.
There is more than one place to do so:
There’s one pond by the entrance where you will see ducks too. And a lake that you must go around to reach the middle of the park.
At the back of the park is another lake that is surrounded by high cliffs. They have some large turtles and fish in the lake so see if you can spot them.
8. Chill At One Of The Rest Stops By The Lake
Such stunning surroundings deserve a slower pace. Take a breather and stop to appreciate the tranquility here.
There is a small beverage stall within the park too. It’s under a cliff face and not far from the entrance. Here, you can admire a collection of rocks and antiques that are side by side.
9. See The Pinnacles
If you don’t look up, you might miss these curious natural formations by the edge of the lake, further in the park.
There are also some small caves and 3D mural art (mostly faded) to check out.
Where Is Qing Xin Ling And How Do You Get Here?
Highlights of a visit to this park are the lake and limestone hills all around, similar to China’s Guilin! There is a large open-air carpark inside the park. Which is also where you will find toilets and the ticket counter for Qing Xin Ling.
Because the road to Qing Xin Ling doesn’t look like a place where there would be a park for tourists, it can be confusing to drive here on your own.
- Location: 22A, Persiaran Pinggir Rapat 5a, Taman Saikat, 31350 Ipoh, Negeri Perak
- Opening Hours: 9:30am to 5:00pm (Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays)
- Contact: +605-312 4140 (or +6012-516 1556)
Tip: Call before you go as the place may be closed on certain public holidays!
And unfortunately, the public buses don’t stop right at the entrance of the park which is a little inconvenient (especially if you don’t have your own transport).
So, you’re left with:
- driving there yourself,
- taking a Grab
- or including the place as part of your itinerary with a private tour service!
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Qing Xin Ling Leisure & Cultural Village is an Ipoh attraction that’s out of town but it’s worth visiting if you enjoy the outdoors!
The entrance fees are affordable, and you get to be out in the beautiful outdoors. Moreover, the activities are fun and easy for all ages!
Do allocate at least 1 hour to fully enjoy the place and go as early as you can before it gets hot.