Trip Start Sep 14, 2006
169Trip End ??? ??, 2007
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Where I stayed
Teddy Bear Hotel
At 7am we went back down to the "Hard Wok Cafe" and got some pancakes and bananas. We got some more pictures of the cafe and headed back up to the monastery for our bags
I took a daylight tour of the monastery and went up to use the toilet. It was a concrete communal toilet with little squatting bays fanning out in a circle around a central pillar. It was covered by a roof but no windows meant it was as cold outside. The upside was the fantastic view over the mountain! Steve and Mark were already in there and we all had a laugh about the situation.
We started our descent down the mountain from the monastery, the views were as good as yesterday afternoon and we got down to the monkey conservation area pretty quickly
The morning trek was a good one but not as rewarding as the previous day in terms of new scenery. We got back to the Teddy Bear hotel around 1pm and went to buy our bus ticket back to Chengdu. Mark and John had decided to stay in Emei for one more night, so me and Steve we back on our own. The trouble was we had no cash left and an hour's worth of faffing around at the "Emei Agricultural Bank" ended with no cash either. They had told us our cards wouldn't work because their machine was empty. We sat patiently while they filled it but the cards still didn't work. In the end we managed to change some US Dollars with the Teddy Bear hotel so thanks to them for helping us out. Our two hour bus ride arrived in Chengdu at about 4pm and it was a real scramble getting across town to our hostel, get showered (for the first time since leaving Chengdu!) and getting to the train station for our 6.20pm train. We bumped into Audrey and Arjen in the hostel who were relieved to see we'd be able to catch the train with them.
Our hard sleeper compartment was nice enough and the four of us got down to some card playing (the Isreali game Yanif of course) and some beers. Tomorrow would be a gruelling nine hour bus ride from Panzhihua to Lijiang.