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Flew to Huangshan [Huangshan-travel-guide-223025] (Tunxi) to ascend the vertical slopes commonly seen in classical Chinese paintings. We chose to ascend by cable car but due to the crowds the wait for this was just over two and a half hours. The 8 minute ride was spectacular! As we wanted to walk down rather than use the cable car, we were faced with two options ... the 13 km track or the shorter one (not sure of the distance).

We chose the shorter one which nearly killed us, regardless. The track was COMPLETELY made from blocks of coral-coloured rocks from nearby mountains.

The forest was showing its first hint of autumn with golden leaves, and with some Japanese-type conifers poking through higher levels (yeah ... I'm a botanist too!).

The foot traffic on the track was quite amazing. Porters make the journey up and down with foodstuff (unrefrigerated chicken and fish, Coke, water, eggs, kerosene ...) up towards the hotels, and down with dirty linen and recycleables.

The weight the carry is unreal. Apparently they do 2 round-trips daily, and get about NZD30 per one-way trip ... quite a lot for China. Apart from the porters, every woman and her cat seemed to be on it, even with really elderly people climbing up. And we were absolutely stuffed only going down!

Posted by alexchan 17:00 Archived in China

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