Anthony's Interesting Times 2004 travel blog

Entrance Upper Tiger Leaping Gorge - note nasty higher path on right...

Upper Tiger Leaping Gorge

Lijiang roofs with Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the background

Riverside cafes Lijiang

Last night I was sitting drinking in my guesthouse, when who walks in but the three English teachers; the couple Julian and Rivina (she is German) and the single Scottish guy Steven. So we spent the evening wandering around, etc. Very plesant company, and it is nice to have pals again.

And then this morning we hired a 4WD (about five quid each for the day) and driver and went to recce Tiger Leaping Gorge. Signs proudly proclaim it to be the deepest gorge in the world at 3900 metres high/deep. One thing that was impressive was the landslide that had destroyed the road that used to go about halfway down, which was probably the chicken way that I would have walked it. The trekking path is above the road, and there are guesthouses about every two hours, so I am going to take it real slow and easy and safely. Fingers crossed the weather holds off as well.

The gorge was OK, impressive even, but we could see from as far as we could get that it got a lot more impressive further along. Then a bit of mooching around town in the afternoon, doing more Leaping Tiger research, and I finally decided I am going to organise it myself, for either two or three days. Please note there will be a likely gap in e-mails and updates. Do not worry!

Julian and Riv are here tonight, but Steven is working his way back across China to go back to work. Unfortunately it turns out he has left his passport with Julian. Whoops! As we speak they have gone to the bus station hoping to catch him, but not much chance of that really.

Later: In the end Steven came back again, and it looks like he probably worked something out OK. And we went out eating and drinking (the former not very good so far), and discussed how stressful it is being constantly stared at by Chinese (much worse for blond and/or tall people). That is one of the nice things about being in an area used to Westerners, you get less of that. Most of the English teachers I have met - of which there are many here - work in areas not used to foreigners, and find this really wearing after a while. And now Julian and Rivina return to their work. I have enjoyed their company and will miss it. It is good how you meet people travelling.

And now this morning, a bit more research, and now I am off to the Gorge. See you in four days or so!

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