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... plant. Here many workers sit on low stools with knife in hand and piles of mussels at their feet. They break the mussel open and throw it behind them, where another row of workers scrapes out the body of the mussel along with the pearls that have grown inside. This pearl-mussel “slop" is dumped into a machine that separates the 2,and the vat of pearls is then dumped into a huge vessel where the pearls are bagged and driven to the inside factory for further production.
... Chinese breakfast is not my thing.
Then we met with our guide, hiked back to the cablecar and got down from the mountain. We were so lucky that we have seen the sunrise. The day before and the day after the weather was completely different.
Being back in the valley our driver picked us up and brought us to a small village called Hongcun where we had a tour around, looked into some old houses, took some pictures and had a wonderful lunch. After that ...
... ping pong in China. There was also one of those funny old exercise machines from the 50s where you put the strap around your hips and it jiggles you. A joke of an exercise, but an excellent massage!
Monday morning was an early wake up call to head out to the mountain. Huangshan is the most famous mountain in China for how beautiful it is. It is a 7000 step climb to the top, and then loads more hiking around at the top to see all the magnificent views. The 7000 ...
... me out ma!”
So here I sit on my super comfy Dtrain- way way more
comfortable and scenic than air travel might I note, being a bit bitter that
someone at the train station pinched (after this cute addition to my vocab from
all those euros I’ll never go back to “stole” again ha), my favy umbrella, (the
one I literally was just bragging to Becky about vs. all the ****** Chinese
ones most people have)…but well we must cut our loses ...
... The name for the area is a combination of the mountain name, Lan Shan, and the post office, ting.) It is famous for its calligraphy. Emperor Kangxi has a huge tablet covered with his calligraphy. This place was pretty as well. It had a few little creeks and a lot of pavilions. Poets would sit by one of the streams and write poetry and drink wine. They would float the glasses of wine down the stream to each other as they drank them. As you leave the ...