The southern part of the Primorsky Territory is saturated with beautiful natural objects. But not many of them are so riddled with rumors and legends as the city of Pidan, located near the city of Partizansk (in principle, a few hours on foot from the railway station Lukyanovka, along well-filled paths and a dirt road). If you believe the enormous number of storytellers, then on the top of Pidan the ancient temple of Atlantes is hidden, a mysterious bird with a human face lives on the slopes of the mountain!
The very name of the mountain in translation from the dialect of local Aborigines means ‘Stones strewn by the Gods’, a stream originating on the slopes of the mountain has miraculous power and so on and so forth. In general, such a legendary natural object. According to the same legends during the heyday of the Bohai empire (VI-VII centuries AD), Pidan was closed to the uninitiated, only priests had the right to climb the summit, at a strictly defined time to perform rituals and receive prophecies. Perhaps for sacrifices. Whether it is true or not, I don’t know, in particular, I didn’t come across any Jurjeni manuscripts, and local historians respond evasively and ironically to questions about Pidan.
As a result of a long exaggeration of rumors and real facts, our group decided: “Why not go and see?” We went and looked – about that and the story.
We were traditionally abandoned by the morning train from Vladivostok to the village of Lukyanovka. Almost three hours by train and we are at the station. The local population of Lukyanovka is generally friendly towards tourists (well, they would either hire a car or buy potatoes) and somewhat ironically. For them, Pidan is a mountain familiar from childhood, and there are as many inexplicable in it as in a cat screaming on a fence. In the course of communication with the local population, it turned out that the road to the lower parking lot before climbing to the top is such that you drop by at least a limousine (the crowds of our predecessors have done their job) and, in general, if we get lost, we can wait for the travelers going to meet us or after us more experienced. On this optimistic note, we set off.
The road really was such that it was a pleasure to walk. In principle, we were lucky, one of the members of our group was already going to the top and, with a sin, was half-oriented in the direction of movement (the most difficult thing was not …