|We set off on Wednesday to go to Deqin by bus. 6 hours. When we got to Deqin we realised we had to get another bus to get to where we were planning to go. An amazing glacier.
The scenery on route to both Deqin and Mingyong was quite out of this world. Also quite hairraisingly scarey.. I've no longer got any desire to travel overland to Tibet.. I value my life too much. Having seen just 8 hours of the 4 day journey i'm quite satisfied with flying..
Meili Snow Mountain which is said to be China's highest mountain... however with a quick look at a map one can see mountains that are far higher so more tourism BS that get's fed to people. It was beautiful nonetheless.
We climbed up to a look out platform to see the glacier. Was quite the hike with me having a cold and the altitude kicks the air outa ya lungs. Beautiful day though. Mariejo from Montreal hired a mule to take her up.. I called her a cheat.. but really I was just jealous that I don't have it in me to opt for the easy route and had to rise to the challenge of the climb.
Omar is from Israel and Fran and Richard are english originally but have lived in Edmonton Canada for the last 35 years. We were a good bunch actually. I shared accommodation with Richard and Fran.. 3 CAD a night. Just seems outrageously cheap.. although I think a few of you would cringe seriously at the hygiene standards and what I now classify as nice and clean. I know I'm probably going on and on about the loos but you will find they are the topic and highlight of many an evening or days conversation! Toilet facilities are now commonly ranked for a journey as "how is it compared to such and such" The response is usually, better, so so, not quite as bad or well... see for yourself. Which usually means.. it's not been cleaned for a month or more and you need a gas mask. It's always comparative ... if you get a response of 'best loos I've seen in China.. it's still not quite up to our usual western standards.
Anyway.. back to the story.. We spent 2 nights in Mingyong.. the day we arrived, and then the next day we hiked and spent the night then up this morning at the crack of dawn to catch the local bus to Deqin and are now in waiting for the luxury bus back to Zhongdian. It's quite incredible how they keep things running here. With the high mountains the strain on the vehicles is quite incredible. When going down they have to stop intermittently. They get a hose and cool off the brake pads. When going up they stop off to fill up tanks of water inside the buses to cool off the engine. The local buses load up with cargo of people, and foods and various other interesting looking things. They smoke up a storm, the pollution is disgustingly high from the vehicles so you arrive feeling somewhat toxic. And me being sick right now did not appreciate 5 people smoking in a 20 seater bus with exhaust fumes one little bit. The driver also chats away to a passenger spending more time looking at the person he's talking to than the road.. The ROAD that is on the edge of a CLIFF!! argh!!@#@%#@
Oh I have to go as the bus in nearly here. Will put more when I arrive safely back in Zhongdian and hope they have a working internet connection. Weird how a big city sux an this small town has incredible high speed connections and mod computers.
Waffle waffle. bye