The Re-awakening of Yangtorp and Being Scared by an Angry Bull
Yangtorp is where ABBA and China meet in Scania. Once a promising idea of a sanctuary of meditation and spirituality. But it ended in bankruptcy and a legal clash regarding 46 million. In the end ABBA left the building and now the temple once again has opened its gates to visitors.
Yangstorp – the Chinese temple in Scania is a surreal piece of construction in the middle of the beautiful fields of Scania. Getting there takes you on small back roads leading your mind to the brilliant stories from Astrid Lindgren.
Yangstorp is a Chinese temple devoted to Qigong, acupuncture and other spiritual preferences.
This is where Pippi Longstocking and the Brothers Lionheart would live if they were with us today.
Yangstorp is a 12.000m2 Chinese temple devoted to Qigong, acupuncture and other spiritual preferences. It is surrounded by a great white wall complete with huge red doors with the temple on the inside and organic pigs on the outside.
Money, Money, Money
The story of Yangstorp goes back to 1998 where Marcus Bongart a.k.a Master Marcus started to build a Chinese temple in the forests not far from the small village of Jönstorp. One of the investors in the project was Anni-Frid Reuss a.k.a. Frida from ABBA.
But somewhere along the way things went wrong. The place for spirituality turned to a place of stiches. The project ran out of money. Frida filed a lawsuit to get her money back and over the years the half-finished temple was lost and forgotten
Frida filed a lawsuit to get her money back and over the years the half-finished temple was lost and forgotten
But recently things have taken a new direction. Once again the gates of Yangtorp are opened and after a thorough renovation it now is definitely worth a visit.
We parked the Van underneath the red temple lights, behind dragon that protects the temple. Dogs are not allowed so they stayed in the Van as we went for a stroll in the park.
Granting the park still need some love as it is still shows marks from all the years left in neglect; the place is charming with its buddas, red lights and the gentle smell of incense.
Osterlen – the home of the Apple trees
Back in the Van feeling lighthearted and relaxed we continued our exploration of Scania. Our next destination was the home of the Apple trees; Osterlen and Stenshuvud Nationalpark.
When the rest of this region was crushed flat by the think glaciers 10.000 years ago – Osterlen was left untouched.
Osterlen is the area of the South East part of Scania. When the rest of this region was crushed flat by the think glaciers 10.000 years ago – Osterlen was left untouched. This is why the landscape here is blessed with curvy hills and fruitful soil.
This is where Sweden grow most of its fruit trees. Apples, pears, plums – in May they all bloome – and the sight is heart stopping wonderful. The main city here is Kivik; famous for its spas and cider.
Stenshuvud National park
A large corner of Osterlen is reserved the Stenshuvud National Park. This park has it all; a long beach with soft white sand, soft meadows and a deciduous forest full of magnificent old trees.
Just be aware of the cows…In some areas of the park the trail leads you through parts where the cows walk free.
Stay calm and keep your dog leached!
But stay awake because you might run into one of the bulls…
The cows are calm and used to people walking past. Just keep a friendly distance and you will do fine.
But stay awake because you might run into one of the bulls…If you click on the video you will understand what I mean.
Camp Kivik – the pearl of Vanstination
After surviving the Bull Experience we decided it was time to find a place to park the Van for the night.
Finding a camping place near Kivik is very easy if you do not mind sharing the spot with numerous other campers.
After a bit of driving we finally found a piece of heaven.
But quite a challenge if you are looking for a piece of privacy. Nevertheless after a bit of driving we finally found a piece of heaven.
A few clicks north of Kivik there is a restricted area. It is restricted because occasionally the military use this place as a training ground. The sign at the entrance do not say that camping is forbidden so we said; Screw it. Let’s do it and drove through the gates and down the gravel road.
Besides we could see one other camper standing in there.
We parked the Van on the most perfect place. With only a few meters to the beach, a full moon and the only sound came from the rhythm of the waves. And for dog owners this place has one extra bonus; the dogs can run around free since there are traffic or people nearby.
Omelet at the beach
As my husband turned the Van into a bedroom I started on dinner. We recently discovered the beauty of the omelet; for camping rookies like us an omelet is perfect to bring as a meal.
I prepare the omelet at home. Put it in a bag and bring it with us. When on site the omelet can be heated in a pan or eaten cold as it is. Healthy, easy and tasty.
For camping rookies like us an omelet is perfect to bring as a meal.
Since our last trip with the Van my husband has redesigned and optimized the cooker.
To prevent the wind from interfering with the gas stove he has built a very effective wind shield out of old metal left over from another building project.
Good to know about Yangtorp
- Dogs are not allowed inside the walls.
However if you follow the gravel road past the temple you can stop there and go for a nice walk with your dogs
- Free entrance
- Café and restaurant
(I did not try it)
Good to know about Camp Kivik
- Bring your swimsuits
- Try the local Cider
- Respect the signs. Do not drive off road
- Getting there: Follow the high way 9 from Kivik towards Ravlunda.
Look for the sign for the Hostel STF Vandringshem Skepparp Haväng
You can either stay at the hostel or turn left just before getting there – then you will arrive at the place we stayed
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