Sorry these have taken a while to do, constantly traveling and always busy looking I new places.
We haven’t been taking as many photos as the thought we would, either because of the weather or although stuff looks good in person would not be asthetically pleasing in photographs. What we have both seen is the amount of time the Chinese spend on their phones. Whether weeding there farms on some mobile game, to taking photographs of themselves. Amanda took a great picture of a group of friends out for the day sitting waiting for the train to arrive, they barely said two words to each other apart from showing each other what there doing on there phones. At attractions you have to frame around the people taking pictures of themselves. Makes us both glad in a way that we don’t have to bother with anything like that when we’re traveling. We’re both not very keen when it comes to taking our own photos anyways.
It started with a cable ride to the top of the mountains, after being on a few of these now the wonder and some of the excitement seems to of disappeared, it’s still a relaxing way to go anywhere compared to the hustle of being on the pavements or public transport.
The national parks are not cheap, all in all with the little extras and the two day passes for the two of us it worked out just under 75 pound, 756 yuan. The 6 Yuan being for insurance in case anything happens on the mountain which is compulsory.
We got on the cable car with 6 other people with an 8 person limit this was the first time we had a carriage full. There was a couple and a Chinese family of four, who politely asked were we was from yet didn’t seem to recognize London, which is funny in itself as the daughter had a Chanel London shirt on. We notice that a lot here when asking for directions you tend to pick someone with some English writing on their attire which we both now no doesn’t help.
Having a full carriage did have one advantage of having a smoother more balanced ride rather then the swaying.
As we were getting closer to the top we were met with ledges and walkways which in themselves seemed to be impossible, tiny pathways of wood and concrete hanging of the sides of cliffs, not just ten or so feet high but at the peak over 500 metres high. It was daunting at first to look over the edge. Fear of losing something important was apparent, but not needed it was safe and secure and as long as you paid attention to the signs and “don’t throw the benches in to the lake”; it was going to be a good day.
Our decision not to trust the weather report really paid of, it was meant to be heavy rain and cloud day, the usual heavy rain normally means a torrential constant downpour of rain which covers you head to toe and soaks through all your belongings. So it was a good thing that the day was the complete opposite, beautiful blue sky which allowed you to see for miles, peaks of distant mountains and towns could be seen clearly, the only detail in the sky was these little fluffy almost unison clouds that we have both only seen in paintings.
This was our first almost perfect day in china, the walks around the park were so different, from Canopies of ancient trees to being metres off the cliff face walking along the top of the mountains, there of course was the usual crowds in the tourist areas but we found that if we done most things in reverse and took our time and ignored the constant flow of Chinese tourists it was a marvelous place.
The glass bottomed floor was scratched but apparently was not that old so everyone had to wear these coveralls for there shoes, I don’t think they have a size 12 in china so kraigs feet made for a interesting challenge.
The cable car ride to the top of the mountain to see the temple, was breathtaking suspended from a small cable on what can only be described as the kind of cable car that is used at ski resorts and held on by nothing but a small single bar to keep us on, it was perfect, the sun was warm the breeze was cooling and the views of the surrounding area was jaw dropping.
There was some kind of red cloth forest, literally as it sounds, thousands of messages on red cloth were tied to almost every tree and every surface, a stark contrast to the green and the blue sky.