Mukeng bamboo forest and transition

Trip Start May 09, 2011
Trip End Jun 10, 2011

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Walking in a bamboo forest

Flag of China  , Anhui Sheng,
Thursday, May 19, 2011

On this transition day we started late, as after two days I finally could access this blog. That is why I published four entries in one go. So we walked in a bamboo forest at the hottest time of the day, starting with a steep climb, tall bamboo trees all around. We passed a village in the
middle of the forest and met very few Chinese.

Coming up from the other side we crossed with a group of elderly Chinese, some of whom were wearing a yellow badge. A bit further down there were four ladies resting. From them we learned that this was a group of 46 retired people from Shanghai, who travelled by bus for six hours to do the Huangshan tourist attractions. Their association had organised the trip. In China women retire at 55 and men at 60. At another rest spot further on there were two more ladies from the group, who looked as if they did want to go any further.

From Honghcun we returned to Huangshan through a very nice area, 30 kilometres of lush green forest, lots of small plots of tea, rice, cabbages and mulberry trees. Since the government has allowed farmers to grow crops privately we see small plots everywhere in the country side.

We had lunch in the Old Street restaurant again. The Huizou Cultural Heritage Museum was next in our programme. An English speaking guide speeded us through the museum to quickly advertise a number of art skills that the museum is “supporting”. He opened vitrines offering us a few sun dials, stone and wood carvings. “To sponsor our art skills that are getting lost”, but we refused to loose our money

After that we did good shopping for our 17-hour train ride in a big supermarket.The waiting for the train we did in the 2nd floor coffee shop at the top of the Old street where a totally zonked out 16-year old waitress, heavily pregnant according to Chris, could hardly stand on her feet while serving us coffee. We had dinner in a popular modernyuppie-type restaurant opposite.
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Rajat Kumar Das on

Hello there Dick & Chris - Knowing that you are in love with the tropics, it seems you are having a good time - quite a few revelations with the gender wise retiring ages and private farming too. Enjoy your trip.

Friso Endt on

I read with great interest y0ur reports. You are indeed still a good journalist. cheers and allbest, Friso

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