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ZhangJiaJie

aka Zheh Zheh Zheh

sunny 30 °C

After check in, we discovered an awesome place for dinner that catered for our non-meat-eating friends - Evan and Mich. This was to become our local for the next few days. We rotated a very varied menu of dumplings, noodles or fried rice - they were all nom!

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Next morning was our big trip to Zhangjiajie National Park. YAHOO! We were all mega excited. Neil was waiting and hoping for his jaw to drop at the sights. And it was jawdropping. It was amazing. We didn't arrive til 12 noon, which actually turned out to be a bit better as the morning haze had lifted and the views were better. On our entrance to the park, we witnessed a young Chinese fellow holding a plastic bag full of snacks and goodies, being attacked by a pack of monkeys! They all stormed him and grabbed his bag and ran off. The poor fella nearly had a heart attack. Mental note. Do not carry any food in sight of the monkeys.

We started out by getting the cable car up to the top of the mountain to avoid the 3500 steps up. The cable car was EPIC.

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It was SO HIGH UP and pretty scary for Michelle who, as I may have mentioned, is terrified of heights. (JUNCTION THEORY LISA WILL YOU SHUT UP!) ;)

It was amazing. I've never seen such awesome rocks in my life, and here we were just cable-carring it up between them. It was fantastic - really impressive. These stacks are apparently formed from years of erosion - mostly ice expanding and cracking during the winter. Once we got out of the cable car, the two lads power walked ahead of us as they only had 1 day in the park and wanted to squeeze in as much as possible, whereas we had two or 3 days if we wanted. Good thing too, there was so much awesomeness to see, it took us ages to get around. There were tons of monkeys on patrol on route. We witnessed another girl getting her corn on the cob yanked out of her hand - Jungle Book Stylee. We were considering telling her about the monkeys when we passed her but then we thought she'd be ok. 1 minute later, her COTC was gone. :D

The park had never-ending Jaw-dropping scenery, with each rock more impressive than the last.

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It was a truly awesome and unique landscape. It was very packed with tourists though. One gentleman farted in my direction! I dunno who looked more surprised - me or him! :D I stupidly thought taking the steps back down again would be a fun idea and a bit quieter.. Once again - my bad! It took ages and was pretty harsh on the knees and poor Michelle's feet, who had now developed a whopper heat rash on her legs. EEK! We hotfooted (boom boom) it back to the hostel to stick her in a bucket of cold water.

We bid farewell to the two lads who were off in different directions. We were sorry to see them go as we had a great laugh altogether with them.

Next day, Chelle's legs were in bits, but like a trooper, she decided to go back to the park. We stuck her in a long flowy skirt and flip flops and decided to do the park as easily as possible. We entered the park from a different entrance today. This way was much busier with tourists, but did provide lots of free buses around the park which were actually great. Today's scenery was just as good, with an even scarier cable car ride. Chelle was doing some heavy breathing on the floor of the cable car. .BWAHAHAHAHAHA. The weather wasn't as clear today but the landscape was still terrific.

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Another awesome day out for the lads. We kept bumping into this Swedish couple at every stop too. We passed a few Echo points too, where I did a few big whistles into them, and someone whistled back. HURRAH! Pretty feckin cool. We had a great laugh and Chelle was very good at putting up with my general impatience and excitement. ;)

Later we chased a giant roach around our room and Chelle booked us into a fancy hotel for our last night together tomorrow. awwwwww.

The following day I had a frustrating encounter with train personnel trying to buy a train ticket. The lady took my passport, wouldn't give me a ticket, kept pointing at something, while everyone behind me shouted over my head at her. Tum tee tum. I needed a break. We stocked up on supplies and headed to our fancy hotel for a few beers and a day of lazing around, which was great.

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Once again, the next morning, I was super sad to leave another awesome travelling companion and I got a bit teary-eyed and felt tres emotional for the rest of the day and my 24 hours of train journeys to Chengdu. Luckily everyone I met was super nice to me today. Staff in the station restaurant were super helpful, I met a gang of lovely Canadians in the waiting room and a young chap named Chong was in the top bunk beside me on the train. We chatted away to each other using apps and pictures. He also showed me a skeleton mask he had in his bag. (as ye do).
:)

Posted by squeakylee 02:32 Archived in China Tagged scenery land awesome avatar stacks epic pandora zhangjiajie Comments (0)

Xingping

sunny 36 °C

Got a bus to Yangshuo - felt so happy on this bus. The tunes were blarin, the sun was out and the scenery was amazeballs.

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I arrived in Xingping about 1pm, dumped my stuff in a whopper hostel called ''This Old Place'', which was so cute and had such helpful staff, and I rented a mountain bike and went to grab a bite to eat. An older US lady joined me for lunch - which was fine except she ate soooo slooowly. She was just picking at her food. I'd eaten my sandwich and she was still picking at her carrots and rice. All I could think of was:
''HURRY UP LADY, I'VE RENTED A BICYCLE AND I'M ITCHIN' TO GET WHEELIN'''
20 minutes later nothing had changed. She'd still eaten nothing and now all that was in my mind was:
''BICYCLE
BICYCLE
I WANT TO RIDE MY BIIIISICKLLLE'' (Queen)
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Eventually she said, ''oh you can go if you like, it rains every day at about 4pm''.
I was like, ''WHAT AND YOU'VE KEPT ME HERE YACKING FOR AN HOUR!!?? IT'S 3pm!!''
But I remained calm and what came out was ''ok so, I suppose I better go if it's going to rain''.

PHEWF! Yep! I still have no patience people - I've learnt nothing. . :D ;)

So after a few hours bicycling around and taking in the whopper scenery, riding over a dead snake and discovering the secret cave was closed, I headed back to the hostel for a shower. Although dunno why I bothered, as soon as you're out of the shower, you're covered in sweat again. Nice.

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Watched Momento in the hostel with a big pizza. :D

Next day I rented a bike again. I didn't want to hike anywhere as I'd had enough hiking for a while, plus the humidity was wayy too much for me.
Today I crosssed the river and am pretty sure I took the wrong road as I ended up on the rockiest dirtrack ever going up and down through the hills of Xingping for ages. It was great craic - pushing the bike up the hill, and bombing it down the other side over the slippiest rocks ever. I'm astonished I didn't go over the handlebars a few times. Twas more thrilling than a bungee jump.

I got totally lost in the hills for an hour or so and got the compass out. I was soaked in sweat and then it started raining. But the rain was a delicious relief. It was brilliant. I saw loads more lovely green mountains, tiny villages, gorgeous valleys, a cool greeny-blue lake and lots of dirt roads.

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Back at the hostel I sat up on the roof with an Ozzie couple and had a Jim Beam and Coke watching the sunset.

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Posted by squeakylee 03:02 Archived in China Tagged mountains scenery pizza xingping whopper Comments (0)

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