Tiger Leaping Gorgeous!!!
Trip Start Sep 04, 2012
47Trip End Aug 02, 2013
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Right, the 'Gorge'. Our team of 5 set off on Saturday for the ascent. Kala and I were joined by a couple of cool American dudes - Jeremy - a genius Chinese Medicine student who liked his layers (Karl?) and Jimmy - advertising king and former gay cruise and naked cruise saxophone player!
The first 3 or so UPHILL hours in the midday sun were BRUTAL to be honest, our cocky Chinese friend knew it was only a matter of time......and it was Jimmy who was his victim!! First his bag, then himself to be carried by the POOR FECKIN HORSE!!! The Chinese guy was 6 stone wet through.......Jimmy.......was not!! Ha ha!!! Still, he played the role well and enjoyed himself!!
A well-deserved break at one of the few huts up the side of the mountain......
CHINESE LADY: "You sit down, you rest, you sit..."
CHINESE LADY: "You need water, water, drink, cold water, drink, very hot..."
ME: "No thankyou"
CHINESE LADY: " you need banana, nana, banana....fruit, nana, banana"
ME: "er...no thankyou, I'm ok"
CHINESE LADY: "Marijuana?"
I'm tryin to climb a FECKIN MOUNTAIN HERE!!
The morning after took the 5 of us right down to the waters edge to 'feel the MIGHT of the River Yangtze!!' We took the 600 steps route (CAN'T WAIT to come back up that!!) and found ourselves at the waters edge for some more snaps! Now, 'Tiger Leaping Gorge' is so named because apparently a tiger 'leapt' across the gorge many years ago when escaping a hunter..............bollocks! That didn't happen! Waaaaaay too far! Not unless it was called 'BATTLECAT' and it had HE-MAN on the back of it!!! The 600 steps FUDGED us all as predicted and then it was onto a well-deserved 'beff sang wich' for lunch before heading back to Lijiang!
Apart from passing through Heqing (beautiful) and me helping an elderly lady 'double-bag' her sick from the windy roads (not beautiful), the journey to Jinghong was uneventful. Jinghong is where our China chapter comes to a close and from here we enter Laos!
I think it's fair to say that we're both ready to leave China and visit somewhere else after 5 weeks. It's a country that houses some of the most beautiful sights that we'll see during this year, and in Long Lake at Jiuzhaigou, possibly the most stunning sight we've EVER seen. But if you're not on your game on a given day, some of the Chinese tendencies that would be considered rude or wrong in the Western world could grind you down a bit! We've enjoyed the challenge...and the culture differences we've experienced....and we are leaving China with some fond memories. South East Asia next....