Salt and Waterfalls in Zigong
Trip Start Jul 05, 2011
8Trip End Sep 14, 2011
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Where I stayed
Hui Fu Da Sha
What I did
Checked off the Zigong "to do" list
The next stop was the Salt Museum. Zigong was once the salt capitol of the world, and I believe it is still the salt capitol of China. The museum was beautiful, and had artifacts from thousands and thousands of years ago showing how the salt was excavated from deep within the ground. The Chinese people were really ahead of their time back in the day. It was a neat little museum, offering more history on the city of Zigong.
We then took the afternoon off to cool off, and rest before venturing back out for the evening. At 6pm, we headed to Gongjing and the Pingqing Falls. I had read on wikipedia that the waterfall and teahouse around this river were quite famous (haha) so it was a must to experience it. There were people wading in the water, women playing Mah Jong overlooking the river, and fisherman trying to catch their family's dinner. We walked around the river, and enjoyed the waterfall. Then we headed to a hot pot for dinner. There was a huge jar of snakes marinating in Beijo (the traditional Chinese spirit which apparently is pretty potent.) I gave the snakes a kiss, and we headed back to our private air-coniditioned room to enjoy dinner. I haven't been the biggest fan of the hot pot while here, because it is very oily, but this one was really good
After dinner, we heard some music in the distance so we decided to follow the noise. Turns out the song was "Jingle Bells," and there were about 100 females (and a few males) all dancing to the song. It was a line dance, similar to the Electric Slide...China style. It was quite entertaining. A little farther up, there were older couples ballroom dancing and people on outdoor exercise machines. It was all pretty funny, and cool to see. We walked around a bit more, and then finally retrieved a Taxi. The taxi driver was so excited to have foreigners in his cab, and couldn't focus on the road because he kept turning around to talk to us. (Well, talk to cloud, and then Cloud would translate.) I wanted to show off my skills so i kept pointing and yelling "Zhe shi shen me?!" Which means "What is that?' And he kept laughing at my Chinese speaking skills. I remind myself of a 4 year old who learns a new word and keeps yelling it randomly. We all had a great day. Sorry if this wans't as detailed as the other posts, I waited too long to post and I am having a hard time rembering! But, there are plenty of pictures to help fill in the blanks! PS the hair is brown again :)