After few KMs down the road from Kota Kinabalu, Hatta pointed at the distant mist covered Mount Kinabalu and I wanted to take a picture, so he pulled over. From then, he started telling about the legendary folklore vividly:)
|Kinabalu sneaking out of mist|
Eons ago A Chinese Prince was marooned in this part of the Borneo. He fell in love with a local Kadazan tribal girl and married her.
|View from Bundhu Tuhan - a kampung (Village in Malay)on the way to Kinabalu|
They lived happily and had children!
The Prince started missing his parents, and wanted to visit them. He told his wife that he would go home, meet and get permission from his dad (the Chinese Emperor), and take his wife and the children to China.
|Pic taken from the moving cab - using sports mode|
Though the girl was apprehensive at first, she believed in the prince's promise that he would come back for her and bid him farewell.
|From the moving cab - Village where the Kadazan girl lived!?|
|Entrance to National Park - UNESCO site|
The Kadazan girl was eagerly waiting for the prince. However, the sea shore was far from her village. So, she climbed the tallest mountain near her village to gaze at the South China Sea, hoping to see the prince' ship.
|Guest houses for the climbers|
As months passed to years, there was no sign of the prince.
|Timpohon Point view - Kinabalu|
Forced by the Emperor, the prince married another princess for the benefit of the kingdom, and kept away from the Kadazan girl with a heavy heart. Sounds like a typical bollywood movie plot, or any mythological, mystical, historical story, right?
|Timpohon Point view - valley|
Well, the poor girl was not aware of the prince' betrayal, so she went up the mountain everyday at dawn and came back to the village only at night, to tend to their children.
|Entrance to the trekking path leading to Mount Kinabalu|
|Only climbers with permit are allowed and guide are allowed|
|We heard only seasoned climbers could make it!|
As you go higher, the weather is cold. Imagine how the Kadazan girl would have suffered the harsh weather! By, now the villagers had started calling her the widow of the Chinese prince, as they assumed that the prince might have died on the sea!
|Mount Kinabalu - from the viewing deck above the trekking entrance|
Finally, the dedicated wife died on the hill top, still longing for the prince. The villagers started believing that her ghost was up in the mountain, waiting for the prince' return and they honored her by naming the mount as Kinabalu meaning Chinese Widow in Kadazan language! We were touched by the story:)
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We were touched by the story:)