Exploring China!

Finally! I managed to make it out of the city a few weeks ago. This trip to Huangshan was one in a lifetime and it deserves a much longer blog. But since I am way behind in my blogging, right now I will just add a few notes and let the photos do the talking.
This was seriously one of the most amazing hikes I have ever done. And about halfway through you start quoting John Grisham – “God help us, we’re in the hands of engineers” as you peer over the sides of sheer mountain cliffs into cloud-filled abysses. And then you think, “God help us, we’re in the hands of CHINESE engineers!” and you start to lose your nerve.  Then you hit the truly scary parts where the steps at an 85 degree angle are merely cemented to the sides of these cliffs. That’s when you start to lose your lunch. But at that point it’s too late and you can’t turn around – and whose thighs could take that climb of thousands of steps at that steep grade anyway? – and so you keep going and witness some of the most breathtaking scenery ever known to man. No wonder Ang Lee shot here – every photograph is perfect.  It really does look like the Chinese ink paintings of the mountains I have always seen and wondered about.  Now I wonder how the ancients climbed those mountains without the help of cement stairs!  And I kept imagining pterodactyls flying UP at me from the misty valleys below. (I have a thing for dinosaurs.) So, enjoy the photos! It was great to get out of the city and enjoy, as one fellow traveler said, “actual Chinese nature.” Awesome, in the truest meaning of the word. IMG_1088

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3 thoughts on “Exploring China!

  1. Elaine

    What beautiful vistas! It took a lot of nerve and strong legs to make this hike, and if anyone could do it, you’d have my vote! So glad you are exploring and experiencing the China that most folks never see. Stay safe, keep your eyes open, and enjoy every moment!

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