We made the [mostly unconscious] decision to sleep in a bit on the morning of our second day on the trail. This ended up being an excellent turn of events which allowed the large group of hikers to get a healthy lead and giving us the trail all to ourselves. After a tasty and hearty breakfast of pancake, hashbrown and eggs, we were on the trail by 9am. Weather conditions were just about perfect with cooler temperatures from the fog cover and no rain. However, the fog came at a price, crushing any hope of seeing the tip tops of the magnificent mountain peaks.
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Despite Xi’an being a virtually unrecognizable shadow of its former glorious self, it is nonetheless a modern and very agreeable city which has a well-preserved ancient city wall and a couple of sizable towers in the center of town. If you’re looking to explore an ancient walled city, Xi’an can most certainly be a let down after visiting Pingyao. But if you take Xi’an city for what it is, a bustling and walkable city [...]
Holy crap!!! Just when I was starting to think that cynism had completely consumed my soul, regurgitated it and begun to chew on it endlessly like a desert camel, we arrive in Bangkok. I love this place. I’m sure spending the past two months in India has something to do with my infatuation with Bangkok (and so far Thailand). Perhaps coming direct from China or the U.S. would have skewed my emotions — undoubtedly so. But I have to imagine that cleanliness [...]
Old Town Lijiang is kind of like Pingyao, but not really. It’s a pretty old city established some 800 years ago which has been added onto and further developed in the intervening time. Like Pingyao, it is an incredibly well preserved UNESCO world heritage site, but that’s really where the similarities end. Lijiang is a mountain town, surrounded by lush green hills and sheer jade peaks [...]
We arrived into the Kolkata airport very early in the morning (1 am) and had made reservations at a place near the airport in the suburb of Dum Dum. We had always had good luck in China with hotels, guesthouses and hostels honoring our online reservations, but had read and heard horror stories of accommodation in India frequently dropping the ball and not making good on their error. The last thing we wanted was to be arriving in the middle of the night in a strange country with questionable reservations, but as we hadn’t had internet in a few days and no phone to confirm, we had no other choice but to cross our fingers and hope for the best.
If we had to choose one place in China to spend almost a week of our trip, we certainly could have done a lot worse. Pingyao is a world in itself, frozen in time somewhere in the middle of the last two Dynasties. It was never a terribly important city which saved it from the fate suffered by other ancient walled cities such as Xi’an which is a thriving and thoroughly modern metropolis inside and out of the ancient city.
I’m trying something a bit novel this time around (at least for me) and skipping ahead a few stops to more recent travel in India. Varanasi is a bit easier given that I don’t have many photos from our time there. No, no, my camera wasn’t stolen or anything like that (just my dignity and a few pounds). Lori and I managed to get through China without any major health issues. We could have been a lot more careful with food and even ate street food and brushed with tap on occasion, which only emboldened us to test our limits. We had minor issues here and there with irregularity, less-than-pleased stomachs and such, but never anything to write home about.