Tiger Leaping Gorgeous
Trip Start Mar 06, 2006
55Trip End Dec 22, 2006
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It's a well known trek along, you guessed it.. a gorge, which takes 2 days or so. It was absolutely fantastic, although the weather was really hot so we were a touch on the mingin' side at the end of each day. We climbed to 2670m on our first day, up the notorious 28 bends which would have been ok if it wasn't for the heat. Then it was another couple of hours til shower, beer, food and sleep (roughly in that order). Second day was much the same, early start, lots of walking and great views. Only difference being that we descended right into the gorge itself to see the middle gorge and the Yangzi river in full flow - boss
Whilst Jen and I were playing in the hills, the other 2 were off in (very high!) cable cars to Snow mountain to see a glacier, making friends with numerous friendly Chinese people and riding bikes around villages. They also found the only guesthouse in this small village, Baisha, that's touristy in the day but super quiet at night. This was a great respite from yet more bloody Chinese tour groups (they really were "out of control" in Lijiang) and we got to meet Dr Ho (83 yr old medicine man who's apparently cured a man's leukemia and told Michael Palin that he has weak "chi") and play badminton with the locals after dinner. A crackin place.
Next day was more bike riding up very steep hills and round ancient towns - we might get reasonably fit at this rate - before a night flight into Cheng Du, Sichuan province.