Trip Start Apr 03, 2009
17Trip End Apr 19, 2009
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We had breakfast in the hotel buffet, which was twice as busy as the buffet in Beijing, although the food is similar. We went back up to the rooms before meeting Mr. Niu, our guide in the hotel lobby. The bus ride was going to be two and a half hours, so we all got our own areas to listen to our iPods, or talk or read. We also looked outside, and counted the amount of fines that people would get in Australia. One guy was a winner, who had an electronic scooter on the footpath, without a helmet and talking on a mobile phone. Another couple were on a scooter, with a tiny baby being cradled in the mother's arms between them. Again, no helmets, no seatbelts, nothing. It was entertaining to read the signs on the freeway, with sage advice such as "Do not drive tiredly", "Do not drive online" and "do not drive drunkenly", complete with a picture of a person driving whilst swigging out of a large bottle
We arrived at the foot of the mountain, and took a bus to the foot of the cable car. The view from the cable car was amazing. I have been on cable cars many times before, but none were as scary as this one. It was in the middle of the steepest and highest peaks in China. All these mountains were jagged rock, hundreds and hundreds of metres high. I had nervous butterflies in my stomach just waiting in line for it. We got to the top, safe, and then we decided to begin our hike. Poor Liam was already terrified , so he didn't want to join us, so he and Aunty Robynne stayed back. Elyse lasted a few hundred metres before she and mum turned back. It is hard to describe in words the hiking track. The track itself is a little over a metre wide-for people going both ways--- and on either side in some places is a kilometre drop. It just drops straight down. The only thing that stops you falling is a little chain. It is honestly the most terrifying thing that I have done. It is super, super steep; approximately 45degrees in some places. It was very hard work, and because there were so many people there we walked slowly. It is safe to say that it would not be allowed in Australia. During the walk, we saw four types of craziness; the mothers who carried their babies, then the ladies wearing skirts, stockings and high heels, then the men in full lounge suits; complete with jacket, tie and patent leather shoes. The penultimate of insaneness were the men building a hotel on the peak who were carrying 60kg bags of cement on their backs
The western peak had the most beautiful view. We appreciated it more because we had walked that whole way, but it would have been breathtaking anyway. You could see these straight peaks, and we were sitting a kilometre off the ground, and we just felt on top of the world. It was scary as anything, but at the same time it was absolutely incredible to see the view.
We stopped to talk to a few locals and they took pictures of us. We got quite a few pictures taken of us, as we were sweating and puffing as we neared vertical inclination and they were telling us how pretty we were.
We took four hours in total to do the whole walk, and we met mum, Elyse, Liam and Aunty Robynne at the bottom. They were bored out of their mind, sitting in the same spot for 4 hours. It was such a little area that there was no where else to walk. We all had medals with our names and the date engraved to mark our achievement. What was the achievement? Coming back alive.... People die each year on that walk, which was very reassuring to know as we were walking up the rickety stairs.
We took the bus and cable car back before we took our own bus back for the 2 hour bus ride back to the hotel.
We got stuck in a huge traffic jam on the way back
We finally got back to our hotel and got ready to go out to dinner with Shane and his girlfriend. They took us to this restaurant which was super nice. The people there stuffed us around though, telling us that we had to spend 1000 yuan. It got pretty heated, and Shane's girlfriend was getting harrassed somewhat, so she called her "older brother" (once you have been best friends with someone for so long you start calling them your brother/sister)and his friend to come in and act as minders. They came in with purpose and sorted it out quickly before they sat up the back, without eating, and just making sure that we werent being ripped off. It was so kind of them to drop everything on a Saturday night to help us.
We got back late, but Craig, Dad and I went out to a little park across the road to just sit for awhile. There wwere all these people skating; some were novices, some were pros. It was just interesting to watch. We got back to the hotel and went to bed.