High speed to Renhua and the Danxia mountains

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

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Flag of China  , Guangdong Sheng,
Saturday, June 4, 2011

From Guangzhou we took the high speed train to Sochun, 200 kilometres in 50 minutes. We saw that the highest speed indicated in our compartment was 335 km per hour. And funny enough, we hardly noticed that we were going that fast. May be because the train runs on a high track above the local roads that cross underneath it. This stretch and the new stations in between were built in two years time. To us it seems that China is miles ahead of the western world as far as providing new infrastructure. This is made easy by the lack of opportunities to question new infrastructure plans.

Owen went with us in the train and we were picked up by a lady driver in Sochuan, a lady of 46 with two sons of 24 ad 19, running her own business. The drive lasted 90 minutes to our next hotel in Renhua, the government Jincheng hotel.

Today June first we went to a stadium full with children, who celebrated International Children's Day, following that we drove just outside Renhua and went up the  Danxiashan mountain range by cable car, another national park that is a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site. Although only 6oo metres high it has impressive climbs and peaks. It includes a famous male organ mountain, where many women from China come to pray for a son. In all again four five hour walking, many mountain steps up and down. We also did a pleasant  50-minute boat trip on a dammed river where we could see the mountain range from a different perspective. See www.danxiashan.net.

In Renhua we found by chance on the main square a terrace that sold pitchers of local draught beer! Tonight we had a very nice dinner there that we pointed out in the kitchen, including a life chicken. Later Owen happened to pass by so we invited him to join us. Many Chinese passers by said 'hello' to us. We had a very pleasant evening. Owen told us that we are his first foreign tourists who did the descent from the mountain by foot. “You are the first foreigners who went up by cable cart and walked down. I am impressed, you tired me out”, he said. 
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Rajat Das on

Dear Dick & Chris, I have to agree with you regarding China's infrastructure - I was in Beijing in 2009 winter during the 60 years celebration of the Republic and saw a spotless sparkling city with 17 million inhabitants.

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