Hiking in the Tiger Leaping Gorge
Trip Start Jan 16, 2009
52Trip End Nov 20, 2009
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Needless to say, we were too tired to continue the trek and decided to go back to the place where we started. The fact was that Aapo was running out of time as he had fixed a meeting in Laos for Tuesday and it was already Friday (the distance doesn‘t look too long on the map, but with those roads, it is.), so he took a bus to Lijiang the next morning and further on to Kunming, whereas I was determined to hike the gorge anyway. The second try was better as I found the right path, which was quite a lot of easier than the one we tried the day before, and eventually I hiked the path quite quickly though my feet were a bit sore in the end.
After the trek I also took a bus to Lijiang (Aapo was already on his way to Kunming), where I stayed one night. It was written in one guide book, that Lijiang is one of the most visited places on the earth - a place that I had hardly heard about before. If the Chinese beer called Snow was the best selling beer in the world last year (http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSTRE52U60B20090331), I guess Lijiang can as well be one of the most visited places
Dali appeared much nicer to me than Lijiang, it felt less crowded and orientation was easier on the straight streets inside the city walls, compared to the maze-like narrow streets of Lijiang. Sandwiched between mountains and Erhai lake, Dali also has nice surroundings for cycling and trekking. Due to the ongoing recovery from Tiger Leaping Gorge, I didn’t even consider trekking, but I hired a bike for a day and cycled to a town of Xizhou, 18km away from Dali. Unfortunately again, I don’t have enough time to do much else in Dali, as my bus to Kunming is departing soon. From Kunming, I’ll catch a Guangzhou-bound train the day after tomorrow and continue to Hong Kong.