Travel Blogs from Leshan
... skills we guess.
The bus ride back was the same story, road works cutting the road down to one lane, and the same old traffic jam and horns blasting.
Tomorrow we are visiting Chengdu's Giant Panda breeding research base before catching a flight in the evening to Lijiang in the Yunnan province.
Looking forward to getting down into the warmer country side - less city's and less honking horns.
From Chengdu I hopped a bus and stopped in Leshan for the day to see the Giant Buddha, then hopped back on the bus to continue on the Emeishan for some hiking in the next day or two.
Was very fortunate and got clear blue skies on the summit with a sea of clouds below. apparently fairly rare. it rains there 200 days of the year.
6:30am start. Left Teddy Bear hostel & walked to eastern entrance. Met Tim from Germany. Walked 2hrs to main entrance and monkey zone. Lots of monkeys. Met two Chinese girls and crossed through monkey zone in a group armed with bamboo sticks. 12hr walk to top of mountain. Arrived at hotel at 9pm in dark and heavy ...
... exclaimed, "I was born here!" in reply.
Eating Like Hobbits
One of the things that comes with the territory when you have a language barrier is that you never really know where you're going or what you're doing. Luckily, that problem was quickly solved for me when I discovered that 95% of the time, we were going to eat.
For example, one night as we sat around a bubbling pot of malatang, ...
... well, come to find out, that was the Buddha's head! Well, the knobs on his head! So, as we walked further and started descending the
narrow stairway, more of the Buddha was exposed until I could see almost all of him. So, we just continued down the stairs, with the throngs of people. You can see by the photo just how high we are from the ground at the beginning. And in this photo, you can see Buddha's 8M foot!
Along the way, we can see many ...