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... I actually have a plane ticket for tomorrow morning. (I do. I think.) In the evening, I went for a walk to People's Square via Nanjing Road and had some more delicious fried dumplings for $1. SO GOOD. Had a nice leisurely walk and then took the metro back to the Bund for a last look at Pudong at night. Then I went back to the lace next to my hostel for an hour long foot massage and headed back to my room. Phew. All caught up on the blog now. As I said, I took an insane amount of pictures ...
... to citizens today (a bit like what happened to Nantucket’s citizenry once whaling was no longer important).
From the ink factory, we drove to the drove to the main city in the Huangshan area, for a walking tour of the Old Town, which covers an area about 3/4 of a mile in length, full of nicely preserved older buildings. One interesting aspect of the buildings we learned today is that people will spend much more money on their entry ...
... that they seem much larger. It is fun to learn about the significance of all of the various elements of the gardens, including the stones that were imported from over 80 miles away to symbolize a mountain backdrop for many of the beautiful scenic areas here. The 400 year old gingko tree is spectacular, as is the 300+ year old wisteria vine that covers a huge trellis. It is evident that both Japanese and Chinese families took incredible care in planning ...
... 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 ...
... room, where we had a double bed to each person!
We then went to Emerald /Valentine’s Valley (a place with beautiful waterfalls), and also where they filmed the scene in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ where the girl dives into a pond to retrieve a sword. It was .. let’s say, you’ve seen one waterfall and you’ve seen many like it - an anticlimax in my opinion. The highlight however was the flying fox ride ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsPaiyunlou Hotel Huangshan
The bed is very hard in the dorms. About 2 inches of padding. The hike to the Bright Summit in the morning takes about 45 minutes. From the eastern cable car (Cloud Valley) it is a 2 hour hike. Decent restaruant but again ve4ry expensive for china.
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