Travel Blogs from Jiexiu
We struggled to wake at the 7am alarm and only mobilised for the day by around 9am! After our usual jelly breakfast we walked for around 25 minutes to the train station, where after asking a number of people we found the street side bus stop. After a 50 minute bus journey we arrived into Jiexiu to find that there were no buses heading onto Zhangbi, where we wanted to go to, so negotiated a taxi to take us. Zhangbi was a very quaint old village, however the really unusual thing here was ...
... escort agency museum
- Confucius temple
- Taoist temple
- Newspaper museum (least intesting)
Again we had chats with people who wanted to practice their English, one guy spoke okayish English and knew all about Shakespeare (he could name more plays by the Bard then probably most English students)
We had the usual cheap and cheerful lunches and dinners, and are now resting for our last long trip tomorrow to ...
... and extends a few kilometres beyond the city walls in all directions. Standard for a massive city. What is not standard though is EVERY building outside the city walls was built in the last 15 years. Trust me, when you know how many buildings that is, it is frankly astonishing. Our guide also unleashed the bombshell that the beautiful square and surrounding buildings near the 'Wild Goose Pagoda' where the light and ...
... way through the evening, but we sort of figured it out. A 20-minute train to Jiexiu and then supposedly a bus to the mountain. Only there was no bus to be found and no one spoke any English. Not even our sign language could help us (I now know that the word which sounds like mayo means 'no more'). So after 30 minutes of desperate trying we gave up and took a taxi.
The taxi ride From Jiexiu to Mianshan was a story on its own: the driver tried ...
... run a toll gate. One of our coordinators told us that the trucks go through one at a time to get weighed. If they are overweight, they have to pay a fine, which takes some time process. I believe this is how it is every day. You would think they could come up with a better system. Of course, 4 out of the 5 lanes to go through at the toll gate were closed, leaving one gate open for an 80 kilometer traffic jam to go through. ...
Other places to stay in Jiexiu
Mianshan Scenic Area, Jiexiu | Hotelfrom $48