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... typical.). However, from the top we were rewarded with stunning views of the snow capped mountains and the gorge below. From then on we happily followed the generally flat path, enjoying the waterfalls which flowed over it and the odd rickety bridge, and reached our guest house in the middle of the mountain with great views over the gorge in plenty of time for dinner. I think we ordered half the menu. Exhausted, we were asleep well before 9 pm.
The next morning ...
... outside the guesthouse. We were able to take our time and enjoy the stunning scenery, not just of the gorge but also the countryside and the fields and village. It was a good walk down and back again and there was no one except locals about. Oh, except that we bumped into the crass Australian man who continued to make stupid comments. We had an interesting minivan ride back to Lijiang and was probably one of the worst trips I've ever had, not helped by the state of the road, ...
... and 'exploded' because of the heat and excess braking (he didn't have disc brakes boys!!!). After a small amount of confusion we established that our guide for the day was to be Sean, the owner of the guesthouse. It was a lovely day and the sun was out when we set off up the mountain. A guide was essential as there was no marked path and much of the route seemed little more that goat tracks. As we climbed the views were phenomenal. ...
... and, at 15¥, was so incredibly cheap. Several local workmen came in for their lunch and, as is the Chinese way, left a big mess on the floor. In China it is customary to throw your rubbish and food waste onto the floor or tablecloth and, as their lunch included meat on the bone, there was a lot of mess left behind. As we came over the top of the mountain a plateau opened ...
... morning meaning the crowds only start to build at lunch and by early evening you’ve got little chance of really seeing much. However, while you can walk unmolested along the alleys and admire the beauty, it again emphasises the lack of soul. Since there are no tourists in the morning (see my pictures for 'proof'), nothing is open and nothing is going on and you half feel that you’re not supposed to be there.