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Oct 2, 2018 - Yellow Mountain - during Chinese National Day!

We were primed for a big day on the Yellow Mountains, named for the Yellow Emperor. Breakfast at 7, depart at 8:30 - or so we thought. One couple, with no sense of time, was missing in action and didn’t turn up until 8:50. Once on the bus, Ting Ting advised us that, because of the National Holiday, traffic on the roads and the crowds at Yellow Mountain would be much greater than usual and there would be delays - no kidding! What should have been a 40 minute coach ride to Tangkou (which means Entrance to the Hot Springs), took 80, and only...

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A Chinese Odyssey

Oct 1, 2018 - How to pack a three hour drive into six hours!

Our splendid hotel in Hangzhou continued to impress with the best breakfast spread yet. We were able to easily satisfy our whole food preferences and there were plenty of other options for those who preferred them, such as a Western big breakfast or deep fried noodles and much more. We could easily have enjoyed another couple of days in this hotel, but it was time to move on to our next city, Huangshan. We departed at the very civilised time of 9am, but soon wished we had left an hour, or even two, earlier. Ping Ping advised us that, due...

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A Chinese Odyssey

Oct 26, 2017 - Hiking The Yellow Mountains

After a week in the city we were eager for a change and headed off to the Yellow Mountains, about 500kms south of Shanghai. https://www.chinahighlights.com/huangshan/yellow-mountain/. Huangshan is an aged mountain range in southern Anhui province in eastern China (a short trip from Shanghai). Well known for its scenery, sunsets, peculiarly-shaped granite peaks, uncommon Huangshan pine trees (the "Welcoming-Guests Pine" is thought to be more than 1500 years old), hot springs, winter snow, and views of the clouds from above. Huangshan is...

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Nov 6, 2013 - Back in Shanghai

On our second day in Huangshan we took a bus ride to the ancient village of Xidi. It is almost one thousand years old and has about 500 inhabitants many of them older. It is surrounded by beautiful scenery and many art students go there to practice their drawing and painting skills. They were all very friendly wanting to say hello and how are you but that was pretty much the extent of their English. A few of them wanted to have their picture taken with us. The bus ride to the village is pretty hilly with lots of bends but that didn't deter...

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Nov 4, 2013 - Huangshan

.....On Tuesday we took a bus from hangzhou to Huangshan. Despite the bus looking a bit tired it cruised fairly effortlessly along the highway and it took slightly less than 3 hours. Getting the bus tickets and finding our boarding gate was quite easy. The the road was very good and it was nice to see a bit of the countryside. Greg had a bit of trouble with his seat though - every time we hit a bump his seat would recline back a little more. He tried straightening it up each time but in the end gave up. We befriended a young student who is...

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Nov 20, 2012 - The Huangshan Mountain

Mountain hiking was the plan for the next 24 hours and I had Chinese Flu on its way. Though not knowing this, I popped a load of painkillers for the headache and hit the Huangshan mountain along with Bart, a police officer from Holland (I don’t think he smoked hehe). What an awesome sight! At first there was some panic as we rode up the cable car with all the mist and fog around but when we reached the top, the view was out of this world. The pictures do not do it justice; in fact did you know that this mountainous area was the...

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Jul 21, 2011 - ** First two weeks in China - Blog **

It’s been a while since we’ve updated our blog, partly because we’ve been adjusting to China and haven’t had a chance to reflect until now, but mostly because we haven’t had a long train journey to spend some time writing on for a while... So we’re now on the 22 hour journey from Shanghai to Guilin (in the southern province of Guangxi) and have decided to try to catch-up. It’s been a few weeks so please bear with us if this turns into a bit of an essay. Since we last blogged we’ve spent around a week in Beijing, a few days in both Shanghai...

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May 17, 2010 - Shanghai and Huang Shan

Our second day in Guilin we enjoyed a trip to the Reed Flute Cave. In addition to all the rock formations above ground, there are some impressive caverns underground. This cave had plenty of stalagtites and mites, stone waterfalls, and many imaginative formations. Lots of folks come here, and it was well lit (when you have a guide that knows where to turn on the lights). Afterwards we went to the Pearl Museum (front for pearl shopping!). Ruth got a black pearl bracelet for herself, but I just got ideas for jewelry making with the stash of...

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Oct 13, 2009 - Day 24: Public bus trip back to Shanghai

Beep, beep... beep. 6.30am saw us up bright and early for our 7 hour public bus journey back to Shanghai. We probably could have got there quicker if the bus didn't stop (beep, beep, beep, beep, beep) three times to pick up people and four times for toilet stops, but eventually we got there. Seriously, that's how many times the bus driver beeped in the time it took me to write two sentences, including the three times that he beeped before I could even put pen to paper! Tomic seemed to be stressed out checking us in, partly because both...

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Oct 12, 2009 - Day 23: Yellow Mountain - Hiking

Beep, beep. Woke up (beep, beep) today and found the weather quite cloudy, which didn't bode well for our hike in the Yellow (beep, beep) Mountains. I'd already decided to take the cable car up, but Adelene (beep, beep) wanted to do the two and a half (beep, beep) hour walk up the eastern side (beep, beep, beep, beep). The ride on the cable car was very nice and again afforded great views over the valleys that I knew you wouldn't be able to see when walking through the forest. As I had two hours spare at the top, I bought a map and set out...

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Oct 11, 2009 - Day 22: Yellow Mountain - Jade Gorge

Sunday morning saw us on one of those "fabulous" public buses with locals doing their usual smoking, spitting and snorting. I've loved the experience of China, but how I won't miss those three things, nor will I miss the incessant beeping. If I haven't made it clear enough, the beeping goes non-stop. We've barely had a bus or taxi driver who doesn't beep (yes, there's some beeping now - right on cue!) at least once every couple of minutes, which means you can do the maths as to how many beeps that makes in a three and a half hour trip, and...

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Aug 30, 2009 - Huangshan (Yellow Mountain)

A mystical and sheer range. The ‘yellow’ mountains are not yellow but they are damn steep. On the first day the clouds couldn’t even be arsed to climb to the top. It was a lot of steps and the only way the hotels and shops get anything to the top is through the use of ‘porters’ who carry as much as they can over their shoulders, putting your measly backpack to shame. The photos really can’t do justice to the scenery, it was often like you were looking out to sea, with the peaks of the mountains looking like islands. Brilliant.

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