Yes, 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!
If you are brave enough, you can pay someone to carry you up the mountain, in this!
We hiked up the mountain, it took us a good couple of hours. The path was now more friendly than before with concrete steps rather than muddy path.
Wild monkeys were everywhere. They were all used to human and many times they came over and asked for food.
It became icy and cold as we got up. The condition was certainly not easy.
It was windy too and the shape of the ice formed on the tree leafs was evident. Picture taking was virtually impossible in our first day with thick fog.
Me on the icy path!
At rest point, we were the only guests there. Perhaps the condition just wasn’t great for tourists. We loved the food though and we enjoyed some of the greatest local tastes ever!
Traditional foot ware and well suited for icy surface. we never had the chance to try them though.
Little sticks ‘supporting’ the giant rock was evident everywhere we went in Zhangjiajie. It symbolised good luck and health.
One dangerous view point on our second day. This was the great pathway that led us enjoy the truthly breath taking Zhang Jia Jie
At the Lock Temple.
There was a ‘lock’ temple in one of the mountain. Many believers placed various sizes of locks for love and health. Over time, tree would grow over them.
More ’embedded’ locks!
We were so tiny.
The ‘Lock’ Temple on the left. It was connected only via the rock ‘bridge’ spanned across two rock ‘sticks’.
Amazing… I don’t know how many time I can say it.
On the way down, I noticed this isolated rock formation. A thin stick-like rocky column in great contrast to the surrounding. It may look small in the photo but this thing was gigantic!
In monochrome, the landscape was stunning, full of depth and textures. Wonderful!
Artistic rock formation. I won’t get tired of them!
Just look at the layers!
Feel like I am back in time!
Me, my friend Say Phu lifting my wife!
I am drinking that ‘long life’ spring water!
Our quick snack in the cold mountain!
Nice meal at the end of the walk.
Until next time…
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