Heaven Pool

Trip Start Dec 26, 2003
Trip End Mar 28, 2005

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Tuesday, July 13, 2004

This 5 day trip provided me with some idyllic R&R. Up to now China had not offered restful travelling. It was see a place, take a long bus ride or three, see another place, move on. And there were some long, long bus rides.

I spent much of my time chatting with other travellers who were staying in a small community of yurts run by a Kazakh man called Rashit, getting over a slight sickness I had and walking around the beautiful lake and up to the hills to view the lake from 500 metres above and the snow capped mountains in the backdrop. I particularly liked not being on a bus or a train.

I met some great travellers here: Israeli Tomer, English International School teacher Jules, Matt & Marie from Dunhuang showed up again & Brit Ed.

We had baking hot weather, even though the lake was nearly 2000m asl. It felt like high 30's in the middle of the day.

My favourite activity was at about 6pm to walk up the 500m hill & watch the changing of the colours, as the sun - obscured from my view - went down, first turning the Hornby railway like pine clad hills a yellowed shade of green before my favourite bit, still out of my sight, the sun would turn red just before sinking below the lake. When it turned red, it lit up & turned the whole valley red, bit by bit. The green hills surrounding the lake looked on fire, then the snow capping the mountains turned into strawberry ice cream.
I got sunset fever & burned a lot of film.

This is by far the most relaxing place I have been to in China. I leave Rashit's Yurt & Heaven Pool relaxed & recuperated.
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