Friday, December 19th, 2003 – Day 304 to Saturday, December 20th, 2003 – Day 305

Friday, December 19th, 2003 – Day 304

We decided to stay at the excellent FIVE FINGERS another day. We had a nice breakfast of rice porrige with peaches and Chinese bread plus butter milk tea. We decided to climb the mountain called Ha Ba behind the guesthouse. We set out at 10.00am and took a path. We were fine for 1.30 minutes as we headed up but because winter is coming paths were covered by leafs. As well as that the mountain is used by farmers, goats, cattle and especially wood cutters. Therefore, there were dozens of paths. We should have taken up the offer of the man of the house to guide us for 50 Yuan.

Anyway we took a wrong path and started climbing a very steep incline or ridge. About 40 minutes of climbing through trees, we reached a rock face. The summit was about 10 meters above, but we did know what we would find. It simply was too steep. We looked down and found ourselves very high and on a very steep hill with just rotten tress and bamboo shoots. One slip and we would slide hundreds of feet back down. It was THAT steep. We decided to go down.

We were nervous and a bit scared and we walked, slid, and fell our way back down. We were so relieved. After 5 hours, the weather was closing in. It was cloudy and starting to rain. We were happy to be back in on piece. Looking back to the mountain, we had climbed to a massive height only to find it was much harder to come down that go up. My hands were badly scratched and cut. We washed up and at 5.00pm ordered dinner.

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Lijiang – Tiger Leaping Gorge Trek – the dote of a granny (day 2) (19-12-2003)

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Lijiang – Tiger Leaping Gorge Trek – the dote of a granny (day 2) (19-12-2003)

It was Friday night and neighbor’s were coming and going. Many had come to the house on horse. It was very busy. We had a great dinner when it came at six. The family take preparation at meals. I had Ba Ba with walnuts and honey, fried rice with pork and potato balls. We was fab. We had a few beers but we were mentally exhausted after the day. The families three sons came home from school. As we are in the middle of no where that stay in town during the week in order to go to school.

Saturday, December 20th, 2003 – Day 305

We were up at 7.30am as we need to get going by 8.00am. the bill was about 55 Yuan each. That included 2 big dinners, about 4 beers, breakfast and two nights accommodation. All for 5 Euro. What a deal.

It took 2 hours to get to Walnut Grove from Bendiwan district where we stayed. This is one of the prettiest sections of the gorge, and we took many photos. It was cloudy so the scene was moody. From Walnut Grove we continued on to Daju, a section considerably less scenic as we use the road. We walked down a VERY steep path to a small boat to take us across. That cost 1 Yuan. We then had to walk up a steep path on the other side to get to a road. We had now walked four hours and it was noon. The last bus back to Lijiang was at 1.30pm and it would take 2 hours to walk from the road to the town of Daju for the bus.

As The last bus (3 hr.; 25 Yuan (2.50 Euo) from Daju to Lijiang leaves at 1:30pm, we got a taxi for 10 Yuan. We were there at 12.30pm and had noddles which were nice. We met a English guy who I might meet up in Zhongdian for Christmas Day.

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Lijiang – Tiger Leaping Gorge Trek (day 3) (20-12-2003)

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Lijiang – Tiger Leaping Gorge Trek (day 3) (20-12-2003)

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Lijiang – Tiger Leaping Gorge Trek (day 3) (20-12-2003)

The bus took 3 hours and we arrived back in Lijiang round 4.00pm. We decided to meet to later for Dinner. I went back to get my bags and moved into another hotel that charged 30 Yuan for a single room. It was the old town Youth Hostel on Xibhua Street. I had been in the Deer Source Inn which is number 67. I had a wash and walked to the main bus station to buy a ticket for Zhongdian for tomorrow. It cost 27 Yuan and leaves at 8.30am.

I met Daniel and Jenny for dinner at 6.30pm. We had a great dinner in a NAXi restaurant. I had excellent egg rice and pork. The town was a few degrees colder than I left it a few days ago. Wee retired to another pub with Christmas decorations and a great music for a few drinks. We met a few Chinese tourists and had a nice time eating lovely fresh hot pop corn. During dinner last night it turns out Daniel was the camera man who shot an interview with me for Breaking Ball about Cork fans using the Confederate Battle Flag at matches. Very small world. We could not believe it. I had to leave at midnight as I had to pack and be up at 7.30am.

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