Day trip into the mountains
Trip Start May 13, 2010
38Trip End Aug 02, 2010
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So...a late start, and then we headed off to Jhushan district to hike the Taichi Gorge. This was a fantastic hike -- all stairs, until one of two suspension bridges across the gorge...the second a bit lower down then the first. This place is mainly visited by the locals, and was only opened up in the last few years after a 10 year shut down. It was shut down because of a rock slide (I guess) that killed 47 people -- it is a bit safer now I hope! Anyway, the 'sky bridge' (what they call the suspension bridge) is apparently one of two in the world (I will have to do a search to find out what the other one is -- my thinking is capilano though I do not know the criteria applied)
After that, was the long hike back up -- about 45 mins to an hour to climb. Grouse Grind in 35 deg temperatures :-) Still...I survived.
We hopped in SW's vehicle and headed along a *very* rugged road to the Ba-gua (sp?) tea garden -- a place made famous because it is in the shape of the number '8' (the Taoism symbol for protection). It was very foggy however, so did not see much although I found it quite peaceful...quiet...we did not stay long and headed instead to a bamboo tunnel where we parked and walked around a bit. The tunnel is simply a bamboo forest (the whole mountain is actually named 'bamboo mountain' ) and we continued until we saw a small temple off the side of road. Superstition stepped in, however...and we moved on (who knows what spirits are worshipped there!).
Then...it is home...stopping at for local cuisine along the way (the 'whatever' restaurant) which SW remembers from growing up. It was good food for sure...and we later enjoyed a fresh fruit juice. These things...these things are some of what I will always be envious of while I am in Canada. A dollar for something we cannot find easily in the cold, white north...Haha...I'll have to take my fill of it while I can :-)