Rabbits Heads and Giant Buddha's

Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 26, 2011

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Flag of China  , Sichuan,
Saturday, April 24, 2010

An early start again Eggsy had a banana pancake while Stevo got the bargain tomato omelette for about 50p. We got a minibus with Rorie and Emer and two other Irish guys called JP and Maeve. It took us about 3 hours to get to Li Shan and when we arrived at the town where the buddha is (Jinan) it turned out it has a population of 5.6 million, this place continues to blow your mind that is about the size of London or twice the population of Greater Manchester. After a 100 Yuan a head bus ride and 90 Yuan entrance ticket this is about the most expensive trip we have done. The buddha is between 70 and 80 metres tall and is carved into the rockface, it is the tallest seated buddha in the world. We queued for about 1.5 hours to make our way down the cliff to see the Buddha from the bottom. We spent around 3 hours in the park as there were various temples and buddhas to look at.

Generally the day was really good, the sights were interesting and we had a scream between us but definitely not the best value for money we have spent. JP and Maeve had spent around 3 years traveling and had two weeks left before they went back to Dublin.

Erica and I went out to a restaurant called the Rabbit's Head for dinner well that is how the symbols are translated. We spent about 5 minutes outside the front door looking at the chinese symbols we had been given and for the life of us we couldnt match them. Upon entering we were made a real fuss of. We must have had about 5 waitresses round our table laughing and talking to us, I spoke back but they didnt have a word of english and I had left the china book at the hostel for some reason. Through a process of pointing at peoples tables and chefs ingrediants I thought I had managed to convince them we didnt want intestines, bugs, insects etc. When something arrived we had green beans with garlic and lemongrass, some kind of skewers of meat that tasted like horse or donkey (the hostel later told me it was beef but I'm still not sure) and a Sichzuan Rabbit Hot Pot the most famous local dish. We were given big plastic gloves to eat with and they kept the china tea coming, I kept going to the fridge to help myself to beers though. It was really good but was spicy and clearly had the ability to blow everything out of your system so we both took it easy on the really hot dressing but the rabbits legs were really good. Still we went to a place called the rabbits head and didnt actually get a rabbits head, thats a little disappointing.
We went back to the hostel and had a few more swigs and an early night (about 10:30).

Happy Birthday Victoria, have a great time camping xxx
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