Wednesday, October 18, 2017

GUANGZHOU-ZHANGJIAJIE 2017# 2 PART 1


28/8/2017

The Miao Village, Zhangjiejia. 
Before this, we were taken by the guide to visit the local products shop under the local government... so suppose all the goods here are genuine ones.

the concourse of the shopping mall 

descending into the "lion's den", close the gate and let the dogs out, nobody is getting out without buying anything...hahaha.  Indeed we all were like crazy, buying this and that after a very hard sell talk given about the local products of Zhangjiejia. One of them was the Chinese TCM .. a kind of bark which is good for treating backache.  The forest around this area are planted with these trees and barks  are harvested and use to make combs, chopsticks and tea leaves from the tree as well. 



the Miao village with the high speed train railways behind. 



Rice fields.. 



not sure whether this is witchcraft or trickery. 2 poles were held apart by members of our group at each end The man then started chanting and slowly you can see the poles closing into each... the young man and woman said they did not do anything to bring the poles together!  


chillies, sichuan peppers, cinnamon, star anise and an assortment of spices for sale, all home grown. 

one of the newer house 

while this is an old residence. 



So much water used to clean the buses and yet the "toilets" are really stinking and you have to pay to enter too and guess what these toilets are like?....  

this is the highway where all the tour buses stopped for a quick wash before proceeding to our next destination....
Phoenix Ancient Town @ night..after dinner and checking into our hotel, the night activity was to walk to the  bridge for a stroll....



Next: Phoenix Ancient Town @ Day.....

Oh.... the toilets? well, just like open pigsty, just cubicle without doors I was told!


Monday, October 9, 2017

GUANGZHOU-ZHANGJIAJIE TRIP 2017 # 1 PART 2

27/8/2017
WULINGYUAN SCENIC AREA

Hallelujah! 
After checking in the hotel, we were quickly ushered for a late lunch at the hotel premises before we were divided into 2 groups.  There are 2 optional tours in the afternoon.....with one group were going to back to the new glass bridge walk while our group went  to the Yuanjiajie National Park..

Truly amazing!



The tallest outdoor elevator in the world.... Bailong Elevator (Hundred Dragons Elevator) clinging by the side of the massive mountain re-opened in 2003 after it was shut down temporarily in 2002 due to safety reasons. The 3 glass elevators took 2 minutes to reach up to 1,070 feet above the scenic mountain area.  











The Avatar  Hallelujah Mountain..... 


a double dragon water spring.... 


the long and winding climb....

our happy guide...


walking on this bridge will bring you good health and longevity. 

The bridge under Heaven.
The sky bridge stretches across two mountains which spans over 25 meters with a vertical height of 357 meters, being a natural stone bridge with the maximum vertical heights in the world. In fact, the two mountains linked by the bridge were originally one mountain. The marvelous bridge was carved by the force of mighty wind and water.

The Fascinate Platform... stunning view of the the mountains...

We have to this see-thru steel bridge..

the mountain banshee in Avatar........


The Golden Whip Brook....

You can do yoga anywhere, anytime...in the middle of crossing the stream..












by the time we walked back to the main entrance the sun has set and this is another facet of the mesmerizing Hallelujah mountains.

comfy beds to relax after the long walk @ the hotel