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Flag of China  , Sichuan,
Sunday, April 22, 2012

It's hard to believe that we've only been in China for 10 days!

We're about to leave Emei for Chengdu via a two hour bus trip.

Emei has been a bit of a mixed experience. The first day was lively and the second very frustrating.

On our first day we decided to do some walks in the middle to bottom of Emei Shan. They were lively for the most part, very green, and on a paved walkway.

Emei Shan is one of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China so in our minds we were thinking that it would be a bit like Mt Popa in Burma. It was not that similar.

For the majority of the day we were able to walk with no one around us (probably partially due to taking a wrong turn which resulted in a Mammoth uphill climb) but for bits of the time we were stuck in Chinese tour groups who are loathe to let anyone through even though the ladies were wearing high heels, the men suits and talking in cellphones.

We walked up into what the map called the joking monkey zone which was an area with lots of monkeys over the track. They were very cute and rather naughty with one jumping into my back and sitting on my shoulders to a monkey wrangler hit it with a stick! Chris managed to miss getting a photo but some Chinese tourists have a photo of me with a monkey on my back wondering how you're suppose to get it off.

When we got back to our hotel we had a really yummy Sichan Chicken with potatoes for dinner. Best meal of the trip so far!

Day two didn't really start to well as when we got on the bus the driver handed out sick bags. Luckily as some one who gets car sick I'd anticipated this and taken something in advance. The road wasn't as bad as I thought it would be but that didn't stop the bus load of Chinese tourists vomiting.

Once we got to the top we decided that we would catch the cable car to the top as we were short on time. Unfortunately we spent the next 2.5 hours in the queue for the cable car. Everyone was squashed up against everyone else trying to push forward and people were managing to smoke at the same time despite all the no smoking signs. Interestingly when we got to the front it was a waiting room with seats which everyone ran to get without considering where the cable car arrived. When it did arrive they all jumped out of there seats screaming to get into the cable car first. Needless to say Chris and I had already anticipated this and we're at the front first. So without pushing a bit screaming we had front row for the 3 minute gondola ride.

Only two gondolas operate at a time, one going up and the other coming down. Each gondola takes 100 people and there are no support poles the whole way.

At the top of Emei Shan is a giant gold Buddha with elephants, a gold temple and a silver temple. Unfortunately there are hundreds flies as well. Within minutes we were both covered by theses little flies. Needless to say, we didn't spend to long at the top and had a lovely walk down with snow in patches on the side of the track.

Today my poor calves are so tired from all the stairs - it's a good thing that we are sitting on the bus for 2 hours (which I imagine will be 3-4 hours after our 4 hour trip turned into a 5.5 hour trip!
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