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  • Day22

    Huangshan

    September 18 in China ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Today's site was a visit to Huang Shan, the Yellow Mountain, one of the most famous landscapes in China. It's been renowed since the 400s AD, when the Yellow Emperor gave it the name of Yellow Mountain, and it's been inspiring Chinese poets, artists, scholars and philosophers ever since. The owner of the hotel, Alex, spoke pretty good English, and sketched out a solid plan for us to tackle the mountain in a single day - most locals take 2 or 3 days to visit each area, and the tickets are actually valid for that long.

    We headed off early, leaving the hotel at 6:30am, though I was absolutely miserable as I was now quite sick with a cold, and very tired since our bed was rock hard. The beds in China have all been very hard, but this was like a marble slab. According to Alex, Chinese like a firm mattress because they believe it's good for their back. Ain't good for mine!

    It was about an hour's drive to the town at the mountain's foot, and since we have to use cash for everything and the tickets are expensive, Alex dropped off the other people in the car and took us to the bank. The ATM then promptly swallowed Shandos's card! We got money out using a different card in a different machine, and he then took us to the actual bank branch (not a hole in the wall ATM spot). The bank wasn't open yet, but thankfully the manager was already there and promised to have the card ready if we returned at the end of the day. What a pain.

    We quickly rejigged our plans for the day and headed in via a different, closer gate. First step was a shuttle bus that took us up to the cable car base station, where we then waited an hour for a cable car. Even at 8am it was super busy! I don't think early starts tend to help that much here, as locals on tour groups seem to start very early as well.

    Finally up the top by around 10am, we started walking around to check out the different peaks and viewpoints. It's said there's over 60,000 stairs on the mountain's various walking paths, and it honestly felt like we were going to cover most of them! It's a little vague now where we actually went, but we traversed up and down a few separate peaks, across hills and up and down staircases. Unfortunately, Huangshan is one of the most popular tourist attractions in China so some places were absolutely packed, and most areas were at the very least busy.

    Not many spots where we could get away from everyone which was a bit annoying. I was struggling quite a lot too, with my cold making it difficult to breathe at various points. But I persisted, and we got a lot of fantastic vistas.

    Huangshan is one of the most famous Chinese landscapes, and has been famous since probably the 6th or 7th centuries. If you've ever seen idealised Chinese paintings featuring unusual pine trees and smooth, rounded granite peaks, flowing waterfalls and arched bridges - that's all based on Huangshan.

    We spent most of the day wandering around the mountain, though the food up there was crazy overpriced and we ended up quite hungry. Buying food in advance was something we hadn't quite gotten around to, and we definitely regretted that! Eventually we'd had enough and descended back down via the cable car.

    Only a short wait, thankfully, though just as we were getting into the car a guy shoved between Shandos and me to push on first. I grabbed him by the collar and yanked him back, but then we had to sit opposite him and his wife for the next 10 minutes which was a bit awkward. After I'd wagged my finger in his face, I google translated a message saying shoving was uncivilised, and that shoving foreigners reflected badly on all Chinese. He looked more surprised than anything, so I just let it go.

    Caught the shuttle bus and then walked down to the bank where the manager had Shandos's card as promised! The process of getting it back still took another 15 minutes for some reason, but eventually all sorted. Called Alex who organised a driver back to the hotel for us where we collapsed exhausted. The most energy we could muster was the five minute walk back to the station where we dined like kings on KFC.

    23,000 steps and 133 flights of stairs. Not bad.
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  • Day21

    Xidi and Hongcun

    September 17 in China ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Another tricky day of travelling today. Our WHS was a pair of small villages named Xidi and Hongcun, located a few hours away in the south of Anhui province. We left our hotel in Jiujiang fairly early, not too sorry to see the back of an odd business hotel with its' smoky rooms and hooker business cards. Walked through the park to the station, past lots of old people doing their tai chi and group dancing!

    The high-speed train was thankfully uneventful, and a couple of hours later we were hopping off in Huangshan North. As is often the case in China, the high-speed station was miles out of town and surrounded by absolutely nothing, but we'd already known this and planned for it in advance. Not being able to check in to our nearby hotel just yet, we headed to the adjacent bus station and caught the next shuttle bus to Xidi and Hongcun. This took another hour and I slept basically the whole way - I'm getting to be a pro at this.

    We'd elected to check out Hongcun, the further of the two villages, as it was apparently prettier and less touristy. Obviously we only visited one so I can't really compare, but it certainly was pretty. Less touristy? I dunno. The buildings were all painted white and featured black roof tiles with the curved corners so distinctive in China. Lots of art students about, painting various streetscapes in watercolour.

    The village itself was surrounded by a small lake, and then had a nice little pond thing in the centre of town which was quite still and very attractive when it was reflecting the buildings. We spent a nice couple of hours wandering around and exploring the various notable houses and communal buildings that were on show. They aren't that old - although the villages date back to the 13th/14th centuries, most of what's still here is about 18th and 19th century. But with the narrow streets and stone laneways, it was probably the most European style environment we've seen in a long time! Both of us were reminded of little old European towns.

    We did have to share a lot of it with tour groups which is fine, but the flag carriers usually had a microphone so they could bark information at their followers as well. Pretty obnoxious when 3-4 groups turn up at once - Mandarin isn't the nicest language to listen to a lot of the time anyway, and with the gain and reverb maxed out on a tinny little speaker it tended to sound a bit like a wake-up call at a prison camp.

    Back to the bus station where we got the second-last bus for the day back to Huangshan, arriving back just after dark at 6pm. At least our hotel was nearby, though we had a bit of trouble finding it since the only signs in the village were Chinese. Eventually a lady got out of a taxi next to us and said she was going to the same hotel, showing us the way. The problem really was that the address was sort of in the centre of a block, and wasn't super clear how to actually get there!

    Only a few options for dinner in the village, so we picked the one with the most customers and pointed at a couple of things on the menu. Shandos's wonton soup was nice, though I ended up with an odd sort of rice noodle cakes thing.
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  • Day140

    Another Wuhan maybe smaller

    January 19 in China ⋅ 🌫 4 °C

    The hotpot was the best ever (maybe or maybe it was the first one that didn't make me cry😂), there were a couple of shows for display while at the restaurant (the guy with the changing masks and the guy pouring the tea). We also managed to visit the home leo's cousin (leo being my host). The USTC is smaller than HUST, I mean no departments except science (kinda boring with no chicks) but higher scholarship offers a tempting tradeoff. Met an amazingly prosocial guy from Pakistan (lot of things to do before approval). Visiting the famous streets of Hefei later was something worth doing. The night view from the lake was really special though. Making Jiaozi's😂!Read more

  • Day20

    Huangshang (Yellow Mountains)

    July 24, 2017 in China ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    8 uur gehiked door de Yellow Mountains! Het is niet goedkoop om in China een natuurgebied in te gaan, maar toch trekken Chinese toeristen er met busladingen naartoe. Als je in het park bent loop je dan ook tussen hen ingeklemd rond en stoor je je aan de megafoons van de tourguides. Maar als je even wat verder loopt dan zij, heb je het hele oerwoud voor jezelf.
    Koppig als we zijn, gingen wij naar boven lopen in plaats van met de kabelbaan te gaan, zoals alle andere mensen. Nou dat hebben we geweten.. uren aan een stuk klommen we bergopwaarts. Er leek geen einde aan te komen. Het was gelukkig wat koeler in de bergen dan in de stad maar desondanks waren we kletsnat van het zweet. Uiteindelijk kwamen we bovenaan de berg bij een hotel uit, waar we meteen twee blikjes drinken achterover sloegen in de bar. De uitzichten waren van een andere wereld. Prachtige rotsen (meer bruin dan geel overigens), mistige bergtoppen, donkergroene dalen en goudkleurige vogels. We hebben helaas geen apen weten te spotten.. De spierpijn voelen we na vijf dagen nog!
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  • Day57

    Huangshan

    October 16, 2016 in China ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Gestern errreichten wir nach einer fünfstündigen Zugfahrt Huangshan. Das Thermometer kratzte schon an der 30 Grad-Grenze. Jedoch fühlt es sich wegen der feuchten Luft nicht so heiss an. ☀️
    Wir flanierten durch die schönen alten Strassen von Huangshan, ehe wir früh zu Bett gingen. Denn heute begann unser Tag schon um fünf Uhr morgens. Mit dem Bus ging es an den Fusse des Mount Huangshan, auch bekannt als Yellow Mountain. Mit der Seilbahn durchquerten wir den Nebel und konnten die wunderschöne Berglandschaft geniessen.
    Leider mussten wir selber laufen und wurden nicht getragen... 🏃🏼😄
    Heute Abend geht es mit dem Nachtzug nach Yichun. Von dort geht es über Changsha nach Guilin!
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  • Day29

    Tag 30 Xian / Shanghai

    May 10, 2018 in China ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    Shanghai ist ein Traum. Es kam mir so vor wie bei Onkel Japan. Es gab 7Eleven und Family Marts (da kauften wir auch in Japan unser Essen ein). Es war schön,einen Blick auf die Skyline von Shanghai zu werfen. Und am Abend gingen wir in eine Bar die sich im 87. Stock von einem der Wolkenkratzer befindet.

    #Shanghai
    #Wolkenkratzer
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  • Day8

    Fast trains and slow boats

    December 2, 2017 in China ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

    We left Xiamen on Wednesday aboard the bullet train. We whistled at top speed through some pretty huge cities and some rural areas where we saw farmers with oxen pulling plows. China is such a study in contrasts.

    Our first stop was Putian where we took a car (Uber equivalent that Maria can get at a moment’s notice through a phone app). A little lady near the train station magically appeared and we trustingly left our luggage with her for the day. Everyone here has a small business going on if they are not in some official, uniformed position.

    We headed back to the coast and took a ferry to Meizhou Island the birthplace of the Mazu culture which seems to be some sect of Buddhism who worship this goddess Mazu. It was all a bit confusing given the lack of English translations that made any sense. Anyway, we walked up to a series of temples and hired a nice lady to tour us around the island. Then it was back to Putian -where our luggage was right back where we left it, and another bullet train to Wuyishan where we arrived late to our very Chinese hotel named the Jooch.

    Wuyishan is a beautiful area with dramatic buttes and a river that meanders through the area. It is a key tea growing area -although finding a decent cup of tea was surprisingly difficult and expensive!
    Our hotel had been a Best Western hotel in the recent past but is no longer that brand so as Mike says, it was all fur coat , no nickers. Meaning it looked great but was missing some important things. Our room was lovely and quite comfortable. The lobby bar billed on the ads is no longer but we managed to get a half decent bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon from the restaurant which took 3 people to sort out. The boys reported that the local beer was good.

    Our 2days in Wuyishan were very active. We hiked three times including a real grind to the top of one mountain called the Heavenly Peak(I think, again limited English signage), It was like a 45 minute stair master. Views at the top were nice. The place was very crowded, as with most attractions here. We certainly got lots of attention as this area is not really a Western tourist draw and people kept exclaiming about us wearing shorts. We also took a leisurely bamboo raft ride down the Jiuqu river.
    The fellow steering our raft seemed a bit concerned about our total weight given his rickety raft. I doubt he was concerned about Maria. Although he grumbled a lot probably in hopes of getting more money from us-he and his buddy managed to steer us deftly through the rapids and to a safe landing downstream.

    Got a question about the “facilities”. We have been off the usual tourist track so mostly squatty potties. They have been very clean though. I’m well equipped with my toilet provisions and if there is a regular toilet for disabled people I use it shamelessly. We hear that China is trying to attract more foreign tourists and has a Toilet Revolution starting . This is the name given to all large government initiatives.
    Late yesterday we arrived via another bullet train to Huangshan . We are staying at a lovely little boutique hotel near the base of the Yellow Mountain scenic area. Today we are due to go up and hike around the top area. Onward!!
    Must run, being called to breakfast.

    Heather xx
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  • Day117

    Huang Shan

    December 24, 2014 in China ⋅ 🌙 36 °F

    Saw sun rise at this beautiful place and did a 10 mile hike to see some other scenic area in the Huang Shan area. There are total of 72 peaks and only 20 are accessible. And of that 20, some are often closed for a few years for nature preservation. This mountain is well visited by local tourists, and without schedule closures, nature would not be able to rebound from the constant wear and tears.Read more

  • Day118

    Xidi and Tunxi old street

    December 25, 2014 in China ⋅ ☀️ 50 °F

    Xidi is a small town near HuangShan. It is a 900 year old Hue style town. An interesting place to visit. We also stopped by the Tunxi old streets to buy and eat some local food. Happy to be with my family during Christmas. Merry Christmas everyone!

  • Day116

    Huang Shan

    December 23, 2014 in China ⋅ 🌙 34 °F

    Hiking one of the most gorgeous mountain in China-- Huang Shan. I've been wanting to do this for a long time and it is great to be here with the whole family. I always thought the mountains and trees in Chinese paintings look very abstract, but being here prooves that they were not abstract afterall. This mountain is breath taking!Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Anhui Sheng, Anhui, Province d'Anhui, 安徽省

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