Trip Start Jun 11, 2005
114Trip End Dec 22, 2005
We finally arrived at one of the lakeside villages to find a pretty basic hotel with lots of mossies. Not quite what we were expecting at the end of a long day's travel. Lugo Lake is very beautiful but the villages are not well kept and the edges of the lake are dirty with effluence going directly in
The weather also took a turn for the worst with a huge thunder storm erupting that night, so we decided to move on again. We met a very nice chinese couple Be Be and Hou who were also heading our way and agreed to share transport.
We set off for another marathon journey into Sichuan (the next province). Also through amazing countryside, arriving at Xichan in late afternoon. Be Be helped us buy our onward train ticket and we then collapsed into a great value hotel (one of the best we've stayed at) for only GBP 8 a night. We treated ourselves to a nice dinner of
local oyster mushrooms, pork with salt crust and another pork dish with pickled vegetables (we had ordered chicken but they had run out and the chef had substituted)!! A good introduction to Sichuan cuisine, which is the spiciest of china with much use of chillies.
Having been in china for a month one thing we have not got used to is the continual hawking the chinese do which is especially bad on journeys!! As Tina and Miha said, it is like they are trying to dredge things up from the soles of their feet. They don't mind where they spit, even if you're eating in front of them and it is absolutely disgusting!