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Published: January 31st 2006
The scissors peak
This rocks is said to look like many different things depending on the angle at which you view it. Here it is being some scissors..
Yay, finally we have found a computer with a cd drive! This means I haver been able to add some more photos to my last few entries..
Yandang Shan - 15th Jan 2006
We chose Yandang Shan as our next stop on the way up to Shanghai. Yangdang Shan is a mountainous area ideal for hiking and getting away from the noisy polluted Chinese cities. It's not an especially popular place for tourists, although in the summer a fair number of Chinese visit the area. We really felt we were getting "off the beaten" track, not least because we are now travelling in the middle of winter! But there was also a remoteness to the place that felt peaceful and not too well trodden.
The small town doesn't have much in the weay of amenities and no one spoke a word of English but luckily Will's Chinese is now good enough to get us a nice room and a tasty steaming bowl of noodle soup! For my part I can say hello and thank you and can just about manage to buy a can of coke and some chocolate from the local shop without causing a scene so
I guess we all have our uses 😉
We spent 2 days exploring the area and trekking in the mountains. There were quite a few sights to visit and we tracked down a few waterfalls saw some dramatic cliffs. Along the way the Chinese signs keenly point out particular aspects of the scenery, especially parts of rocks which resemble animals or people (some of which are much more obvious than others). many of these have excellent names such as "young boy hunting a lion" or "mother nursing a child" but my favourite is "the old monkey stealing peaches!" Sometimes the english translations are understandable and sometimes they are pretty bizarre.
It's been a little bit cold and a little bit drizzly but mostly it's just been great to get out in the real fresh air and away from practically every other living soul. Plus it helps that the surroundings are so beautiful. Yandang Shan is yet another wonderful place in China that we're reluctant to leave although I'm not denying it would be nice to be able to get a pizza!
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