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Asia » China » Hunan » Zhangjiajie September 13th 2018

Coś niedobrego zjedliśmy. Najbardziej podejrzne sa, mimo, że umyte, winogrona ze stacji w Guilin lub nasza ryba ratunkowa z Liozhou. W efekcie zjedzenia czegoś niedobrego niedobre rzeczy zaczęły się dziać dziś rano z Basia. W połowie drogi do bram parku przestała unosić nogi, na czoło wystąpiły jej poty i znów zaczęła wspominać coś o polskiej pomidorowej. Był to sygnał do odwrotu. Ledwo doczłapaliśmy do hotelu. Basia została zainstalowana, w założeniach do końca dnia, w łóżku, a ja zacząłem się zastanawiać co zrobić z tak niefortunnie rozpoczętym dniem. Do wyboru miałem dwie czynności. Czytanie książki i wyprawa do banku w celu wymiany $ na yuany. Wybrałem obie. Zanim jednak nastąpił dzisiejszy ranek, wczoraj popołudniem, mimo zmęczenia dobową podróżą pociągami i mimo siapiacego deszczu wciagnela nas kraina Avatara. Nie dziwie się i ... read more
Park Narodowy Zhangjiajie.
Do woka można dodać wszystko.
Przygotowanie dania w toku.

Asia » China » Hunan » Zhangjiajie September 12th 2018

Aby przejachać z Dazhai do Zhangjiajie trzeba pokonać ponad 550 km. Można autobusem, można pociągiem, można samolotem. Aby przygotować się fizycznie i psychicznie do ewentualnej, przyszłorocznej podróży koleją z Pekinu do Lhasy w Tybecie postanowiliśmy pokonać ją koleją. Nie jest to jednak droga usłana różami. Po standardowej wczesnorannej pobudce po pierwszym pianiu koguta czekał nas godzinny marsz w dół, do wsi na pierwszy z etapów naszej podróży - autobus. Odprowadzeni do wyjścia przez naszą gospodynie zostaliśmy miło zaskoczeni. Nie tylko ona zadbała o nasze bezpieczeństwo o świcie. Jeden z psów na granicy osady, gdy tylko nas zobaczył, zerwał się na równe nogi, dał poglaskac, po czym szedł z nami nastepne pół godziny obsikując wszystkie krzaki po drodze. Gdy zaczelismy zbliżać się do lezacej w dolinie wsi, najwyraźniej stwierdzil, że... read more
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W przedziale Soft Sleeper.

Asia » China » Hunan » Zhangjiajie June 25th 2018

Today was by far the best day we ever had in this China trip. When we woke up, we went to another Chinese-style restaurant for breakfast and drove to tour the Tianmen Shan, or in English, heaven door mountain. It is very high, and near the peak there is a hole due to cave collapse. We rode a very bumpy, steep, and adrenaline-pumping bus ride up to the hole, but to get to the hole we had to ride the escalator or climb 999 steep steps, so my dad and I chose the latter and raced up the hill while my mom and the others rode the relaxing but nevertheless long escalator ride up. When we got to the top, we waited quite a long time for my mom and the others. Then we took pictures ... read more
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Asia » China » Hunan » Zhangjiajie August 21st 2017

Despite the sheer size of China's cities and the millions upon millions that live in them, unlike India, they never feel overcrowded. This can probably be put down to better infrastructure, public transport and cities expanding upwards. But despite the cities' burgeoning population, passing by the beautiful scenery of plentiful farmland on the train ride from Yichang to Zhangjiajie made you remember just how many people here still farm the land. I also saw lots of construction; of more railway bridges, of more apartment blocks, of more everything. You then think about the fact that not long ago, say 20-30 years ago, China was still considered a developing country. Looking around now, you wouldn't think so - the pace of change and improvement has simply been staggering and almost inconceivable for such a big country. Even ... read more
Misty Mountains
Welcome To Pandora
Massive Stack

Asia » China » Hunan » Zhangjiajie April 24th 2017

We had a few hours to kill back in Zhangjiajie before our midnight flight to Xi'an so we decided to book into a super cheap hotel near the bus station so we could dump our bags and spend the afternoon in the Tianmen Mountain Forest Park. There were three pretty cool things about this forest park. Firstly your ticket includes a ride up or down the longest cable car in Asia. At the top there were a number of precarious wooden and glass (!) walkways with spectacular views down! And thirdly you could get up close to Tianmen Dong a massive hole in the mountain range that was visible from town. Everything was going to plan. Our bus from Fenghuang had left on time and had been entertaining since the bus host burst out into song ... read more
Tianmen Dong
Coiling Dragon Walkway
Don't look down

Asia » China » Hunan » Zhangjiajie April 21st 2017

As many of you know our original plan involved spending only a few nights in China, to break up the 16 hour flight to Manila in the Philippines. But when the UK foreign office website warned against travel to the Philippines we had to completely change our plans and decided to make the most of the fact we were flying into China (and the fact the visa had cost a whooping £200 each!). Adding on the Yangtze River Cruise was obvious but then Paul started to get creative! The next two places on our trip are somewhat off the beaten track, well at least for westerners. Nowhere seems to be off the beaten track for Chinese tourists! So after one night in Yichang we packed our bags and prepared ourselves for the Big Travel Day to ... read more
Pretty Scenery from Train Window
Anyone have any idea what we're eating?
Golden Whip Stream Trail in the Valley

Asia » China » Hunan » Zhangjiajie February 4th 2017

Geo: 28.4059, 110.66Zhangjiajie to Changsha. Our return train ticket was 25RMB for 20:59 which is 9pm and we arrived at 1:30am. The tickets are very cheap but the only thing wrong was that we didn't have a seat..... We would have to stand the whole time.We went to the train station to see if we could change... read more
Knock down
Boiling Kettle
Breakfast.

Asia » China » Hunan » Zhangjiajie February 3rd 2017

Geo: 28.4059, 110.66Wake up early to catch the cable car up to ...... Mountain.1st line up to buy the ticket.---1 hour.Wait in the waiting area until our time Limit. ---1 hour.2nd line up wait for our time 11am to come so we can enter the building. ---1 hour... read more
Suspension Bridge
Simple Beauty
White Winter Wonderland.

Asia » China » Hunan » Zhangjiajie October 1st 2016

The drive to the hostel was nice going through mountains and little towns such beautiful scenery and I was hopeful when I seen the reception area of where I was staying bug chandelier and balcony thought I'd hit it lucky until I seen the room felt the bed and nearly died upon opening the bathroom door. It's ok I can do this I repeatedly told myself it's only for a few days so I jumped in to bed and had a few more hours sleep. Woke up in need of a shower so let's brave this bathroom with a squatter toilet close enough to spit in I stood under the shower head that looked older than me turned it on and let out an almighty scream it's bloody freezing!!! I'm already soaked so can't go anywhere ... read more
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Asia » China » Hunan » Zhangjiajie June 21st 2015

When carrying out our research on China, we stumbled across a place called Zhangjiajie (pronounced Jang-Jyaar-Jyeh but said quickly). We were lucky to have came across it as many westerners do not really come here (call it luck or maybe it was down to our excitement in researching every last corner of China). Across this whole site you are therefore unlikely to see another western face. When you realise this, it can be very rewarding in knowing that you are one of the few that take a plunge and succeed in doing so. Having watched some youtube videos just to whet our appetite a little before we came out, we were sold. We didn't care how long it took us, we were going. We had to witness this amazing scenery with our own eyes. To give ... read more
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Mystical valley
Out of this world




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