Huangshan Huanqiu Hotel
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... work my way across the mountain to the west side and take the gondola down. I had thought the eastern part of the mountain was pretty but it was completely blown away by the west side. The scenery was indescribable. And the stairs cut into the rocks were often breathtaking. I took almost a whole memory card worth of photos (which in case you're wondering is approximately a ****-ton). I made it to the cable car with 2 minutes to spare before it closed for the night. Talk about a close ...
... extra attention. Breakfast is excellent, with local fruit, fresh baked bread, organic eggs and ham, and fresh made steamed buns. What a feast!
From here we drive about 40 minutes to Hongcun Village, which is a Unesco World Heritage site, and is also where Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon was filmed. We are in a small region called the Xidi region, which is famous in history for its beauty and special location along the river, at the base of the ...
... where we will drive to in two days.
Our local guide is named Ray, and in addition to being a tour guide for the last 12 years, Ray is also a tea farmer. Ray’s parents were tea farmers, and had a large plot of land near the top of mountains, but lost it during the Cultural Revolution, and got only a little bit of it back after the Cultural Revolution had concluded. This is where they grow high quality tea today, which we look forward to seeing ...
... that would take us half way up the mountain.
Once the cable car stretch was completed, we had to walk a further 2 hours up to our hotel (The Shilin Hotel) on the mountain. This would be by far our most expensive accommodation as we learnt that everything literally gets carried up the mountain by porters and there were many steps to navigate.
The walk ...
... incredible, and we were glad that we got to see it in two different ways! Lily and I joked that we had no idea how we were going to describe it to people back home, and I find it hard now, so please check the photos, because I'm still not doing this place justice! On our third and final day on the mountain, we had a short hike down to the cable car to download (again, with our packs, which were now even fuller having shed some clothing, neither of us felt like ...
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