Hua Shan

Trip Start Apr 03, 2009
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Trip End Apr 19, 2009


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Flag of China  , Shaanxi,
Sunday, April 12, 2009

Today we woke up early, thanks to the Aurum International Hotel's morning wake-up call to our room... Thanks guys...
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. They went so far beyond my comprehension./
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. It was so confusing; we were on the freeway and i think that a bus was trying to turn around then got caught on the concrete. It was crazy; we started to back up on the freeway and go in the wrong lane to move forward just 5m. Then, we decided to go in the bike lane and what do you know? There was a traffic jam in the bike lane! Only in China...
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.
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ashntrace
ashntrace on

Scary stuff...but what amazing views.
Thanks for all the photos and such a detailed description of the climb of Hua Shan Amy...I wasn't worried about Ash at all!!!!!!!!!!!! Lucky I wasn't there coz I would have chickened out and gone back down with Liam and Auntie Rob! Looks/sounds like you are still all having a fantastic time. Keep enjoying yourselves and I look forward to your next pod.
Love Tracey xo

kovacsfamily
kovacsfamily on

OMG -Wow & scary
Hi Amy & family and friends travelling with the Fishers. What amazing adventures you are all having. The views on the hike are AMAZING, and the path looked very narrow and steep - glad it was you climbing it, not sure if i could have done it either!! You all will have wonderful memories on this trip to China to add to your very vast amount you have already. Stay safe and i look foward to reading more blogs, they are always interesting, informative and at times funny....Happy Easter. Hope the easter bunny found you all over in China! Jodi, Zoli & Abby

peter3
peter3 on

Go for it Amy
Sounds like your having a great time, thanks for keeping us up dated.
Have a great Easter guys.
Peter

amyfisher
amyfisher on

Re: Go for it Amy
Thanks! Hope you all had a happy Easter

eddakath
eddakath on

SHHHHEEEEZZZZ Mate!
Sheezemate, you make me feel like a lazy student, I haven't even started my blog yet and you have yours finished...Oi Yor!

haha...legs are a little jelly now after today...huge day with my grade 1 & 2s singing and dancing so I think I'll skip my bike ride tonight as I have Grade 2 & 3 tomorrow....Oi Yor, no rest for the wicked!

It was so great to finally meet you and spend the weekend with you all. I had a wondeful time and was so sad when I had to say good bye in the subway. It was one of my fav weekends easily and you are such a great family...for a Gadget Family....hahaha just jokng...you are all so normal and easy to get along with....thank every one for an absolute perfect weekend.

Now I should begin my Gadget Shan Blog...oh this is gonna be so much fun...hahaha...just jokin..I promise to be nice...tootleloo, tut tar, seeyuz

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