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... tons of tourists and it wasn't even 9 am so we didn't spend much time. We caught a cable car down and did get a few good glimpses of the magnificent karst structures. After a few more bus rides we made it back to Zhangjiajie to pick up our luggage and for lunch. So far during this trip I have encountered many great signs where things have been mistranslated or could be misinterpreted. I'm sure if I was translating I would be just as guilty ...
Today was spent in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. This was one of the places I was most looking forward to on this trip. Nevertheless, although the scenery was spectacular, the pushing and shoving through the thousands and thousands of tourists was not. The pathways were also all stone and steps were made of stone and cement so the hiking was easy except again for the thousands of stairs. The views were great if you could actually push in to take a photo. This park is ...
We met our guide at the hostel in the morning before heading out to catch a cable car to Tianmen mountain. We ate breakfast along the way from street vendors - Tina has been pointing out all of the things that I must eat, and so far it has all been delicious.
Tianmen mountain is the highest peak in the area, and we had a clear sunny day so the views were spectacular! The landscape is very Chinese looking with lots of thin ...
... which meant we could have a late night bowl of dumplings in soup - a great start to our stay :) There are very few Westerners around and nobody speaks English, but I am starting to learn the important words like hello, thank you, various food names, and 'the food is very good'. ...
... on Mao by Jung Chang, which we highly recommend to anyone interested in the recent history of China.
However, we digress… Zhongjiajie is a truly spectacular and unique place. In fact, as many places as we have traveled in the world, we have never seen such an extensive area of beautiful rock spires mixed with dense forest as we are enjoying here. This area was known by the local residents for many years, but due to its ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsLantian Hotel Zhangjiajie
Despite an imposing lobby, out room as rather scruffy with many stains and dirty marks on the lounge and carpet and even on the slippers. Basic amenities & just a couple of teabags were there, but the mini bar was empty and botlles of water were 10 yuan each - no usual complimentary bottles here. The internet didn't work, but as we were only here for one night (this time) we didn't bother to see if it could be fixed. The basin drain leaked soapy water, and the thin towels were more grey than white.
Although there was an extensive Chinese breakfast & enough for us, many of the dishes were only luke warm. The worst part was the dirty table cloths & place mats that still had splashes of food on them -- obviously not replaced since the last eaters. We checked out all tables searching for a clean one - no success!
Even though the hotel caters for mainly Chinese customers, (as we'd expected) we have stayed in many hotels in remoter parts of China without a Western emphasis and found them to be fine - and clean! Althought the room did have a new hairdryer and electric jug, this hotel was not up to our expected standard.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.