on the Chinese trade junks of the 15th century onwards must
have greeted the sight of the twin peaks of Dayang and Aur
with much relief, after sailing northwards up from the Straits
of Singapore. The relief came in knowing that they had finally
attained the open reaches of the South China Sea after negotiating
the difficult and sometimes perilous passage through the Straits,
which they knew as Long Ya Men - Dragon's Teeth Gate
At the islands, they might stop to take on fresh water from
the many streams gushing down the steep rocky flanks of the
peaks, which the sailors knew as Dong Zhu Shan and Xi Zhu
Shan: the East and West Bamboo Mountains.
From then on, the light winds of the southwest monsoon would
fill the sails of their cargo-laden junks and carry them north
and homeward after yet another successful trading expedition
to the South Seas ....
And now into 21st century, here's your virtual guide to the
dive sites of the Bamboo Mountains ...