Ancient Spruce Grand (Zhi Yun Shan)
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... the old ladies in handwoven clothes, were on their way to the community hall for some kind of social event. We suspected there would be feasting, but although we walked past slowly a couple of times, nobody invited us in.
We stayed in a lovely courtyard guesthouse. The courtyard had a beautiful garden, really well designed, with goldfish and turtles in pools, and two little dogs to make a fuss of. In the evenings the skies were so clear, not ...
... found a cool place that specializes in yak dairy; so I bought a snack pack of ice cream flavored yak cheese, which actually tasted worse the more I ate, I probably should have just gotten cheese flavored cheese lol.
My first night here I met a Japanese Brazilian girl, and we lucked out and found a Sichuan restaurant that had my favorite dishes. One of them every American knowns; Szechuan Chicken ...
... shaped black rocks. There was a lot of hiking involved and I think I may have missed some sights since I went one really long way and ended up back near Shaxi, which was a long way away from the mountain! I don’t know what happened there, I thought my instinct/sense of direction was getting better but maybe not. Anyway, I got back and it was raining so I chilled out at the hostel for the rest of the day and went for a walk with the guys in ...
Shaxi was a bit of a detour off the main route down a narrow winding road but well worth the effort. It's just a tiny place but the old main street and courtyard area is old and still fairly original. We wandered down the main street and then sat in the cobblestoned courtyard under a shady tree to eat our lunch.
Shaxi was a crucial stop on the old tea horse road - like the silk road but horses were used to transport tea to India. The old square has ...
... tumbled over the path and down the mountainside. Holding Lijuan's hand I was able to overcome my fear of heights, focus on the path ahead and make it the entire distance.
The highlight of tonight's stay at the guest house was the inclusion of hot homemade apple pie and playing cards in the communal dining room. The lowlight was the presence of the huge, mutant moths in our rooms which would periodically land on you during the night!!!