Blog – Travel to China Part 1 – Zhang Jia Jie

China_2011_Zhangjiajie  006Yes, I am finally doing it!! I am recalling my memory, a precious one, to write something about my biggest trip to China yet!

Over the course of next month or two, I will be writing slowly about my trip to China and sharing some of the most amazing travel pictures I’d taken to date.  There’s an old saying that a picture worths a thousand words.

My China trip took place in February 2011. It was a small group adventure that my wife and I took almost 5 months to plan. The result was an absolute marvelous super-duper big-grin-on-ya-face trip that I had ever hoped for.

Deciding where to go was probably the biggest debate we had during our planning stage. China is so vast that no one could visit it all in a couple of weeks. In the end, we all took some compromises and eventually centralised our targets around the southern to central parts of China and our first stop was Zhang Jia Jie.

Zhang Jia Jie is a beautiful place surrounded by its now famous rock formation after the Hollywood movie Avatar. The movie used its strange looking rocks and transformed them into floating islands. I must say that once you saw it, you would think that you are in the same movie. The view was simply breath taking. As with any other China tourist areas, Zhang Jia Jie is becoming a global tourist point and the local government has decided to make it more ‘user friendly’. That’s good and bad at the same time. It’s good that it’s easier to get to the view points with facilities like toilets and food stalls. But the downside is that these new developments are destroying the natural beauty of the place.  Now there are coach parking, restaurants, walking paths and large roads. I could image that when people first visited the place some years ago, it would be much quieter.

As much as I wanted to explore this magical place and perhaps took hundreds more photos, we could only afford two days before we moved to our next destination. But before we took our sleeper train to Luoyang, we made a day trip to another ancient town, Feng Huan Cheng (Phoenix City). My next post will include photos there. In the mean time, please enjoy!

Part 2 is HERE

Have a good day!

Jimmy

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