Trip Start Aug 07, 2013
27Trip End Sep 01, 2013
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This morning, we travel to a more rural area, Dongjiakou village and stay with local families, we take in the beauty of the wall in this quiet rural area. We will walk through the forest following the wall for 4-5 hours. We have plenty of time to talk to the local families and see what the wall means to them.
Woke up to a very muggy hot day and a 2 hour minibus transfer inland to the Great Wall. Breakfast was a Chinese affair, so I gave that a miss- only £1 though !!!! A mixture of dumplings, boiled veg , maize porridge (gruel) and some unexplained dishes.
Donna described the maize porridge as 'hot water with bits floating around in it !'
Chinese Medicine cures obviously exist still here. The art of 'cupping' is prevalent. Applying a cup to the skin with a flame inside this sucking out all the air leaving a circle bruise or mark.
As we headed off into the mountains in our minibus the hustle and bustle was left behind... The roads deteriorated into tracks and river crossings. We eventually arrived at our home stay - yes it is. Our hosts had moved out of their bedrooms - it's basic to say the least with a hole behind a wall for a toilet across the road
Outside three cute goats sat on the back of a van.
After dropping our rucksacks we set off for the highlight of the trip - the Great Wall walk. The tops of the mountain range towered above us and we started to climb.... It was worth it. The most deserted section of wall with towers winding its way around the ridges as far as the eye could see into the distance
What was more amazing was the complete quiet and lack of people around. The whole wall for miles around all to ourselves.
We could see the wall and turrets stretching for miles.
After arriving back to our home stay we sat down to a noodle dish and then had the afternoon off - beer from the local shop is 3 rmb - that's about 30p for a 600ml bottle
We are now starting to get off the beaten track and we keep getting Chinese coming up to ask us to take photos. The classic was last night with our seafood meal. We were eating 'private dining' in a separate room with two Chinese waitresses. At the end of the meal they wanted pictures with Tara. I did not know we were travelling with an A-class celebrity !!
Outside there was a goat roasting on a BBQ.. Goat skin was hanging on the fence !!! Was it the one with the cute eyes ?
Two hours later a Chinese family arrived and sat down for a feast, that was after the mother grabbed and hugged me for a photo shoot !!
Three goats now two....
We chilled and then went for a walk through the village. Apparently this village is famous for its goat BBQ - we watched a 'butcher' take a goat, skin it, clean out all it's insides etc etc
Helen was in her Element - a full blown live biology lesson - see seemed particularly interested when he started to clean out the small intestines !!!
Two goats now one !!
Our accommodation apparently kills 500 goats per year !!!
Over the other side of the river was a big pen with some very scared looking goats !!!
Evening meal was one of the best, some fantastic dishes for dinner - salt and pepper deep fried whitebait , sugared tomatoes !!! , goat stew , and lots of edible vegetarian dishes !!!
After teaching our group to play phase 10 we finally retired to bed (loose term - tiled area on bedroom with thin quilt and bean pillow !!!