Huangshan – my favorite days in China

2 10 2011

By Whitney

In case anyone was wondering why there was a large gap in posts, it was because Phil and I were hiking the Yellow Mountains, including Huangshan. It’s one of the most popular domestic Chinese tourist spots, but we’ll let you in on the secret to avoiding the massive tour groups at sites like this: go beyond the first couple outlooks full of people taking pictures of themselves, and you’ll find the solitude you crave. Solitude has been something Phil and I have only found while biking deep into the countryside in China – this hike was a refreshing release from the massive crowds filling the rest of the places we visited! My favorite type of travel is nature-based – the Galapagos, Iceland, Australia, Namibia/Botswana/Zambia….my favorite places on Earth have always been dramatic nature spots. This trip, I got so caught up in “experiencing China’s growth and history” that I forgot to find my travel center in places quieter and more nature-filled. We switch gears in a couple of days and head to the Borneo rainforest – I could not be more excited!

Phil and I did approximately 8 hours of hard core hiking on our first day – near-vertical stairs, and lots of up and down! We traveled through canyons, up to peaks, through forests…and ended the day with one of the most spectacular sunsets we’ve ever seen. We had the mountains nearly to ourselves, as the tour groups don’t venture out for the best visual times of day – sunrise/sunset! A dinner of ramen and early to bed, we got up before sunrise to watch the light spill over mist-covered peaks and hiked the golden hour in peace. We were able to escape the mountain as hordes of tour groups descended….as did solid mist around all the outlooks. We were spectacularly lucky with the weather we had – the pictures speak for themselves!

Now, to the good stuff – the pictures!! (we are having issues with direct links due to having to use proxy servers to post…that will all get better in a few days after leave China.)
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2 responses

2 10 2011
kimberlea

Incredible….can’t wait to hear from you once you reach Borneo rainforest!

7 10 2011
Heather

Getting caught up on your blog. Hope you are doing well and having a great time!

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