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Stop 8 - Huangshan and around


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Our next stop was the city of Huangshan, an area famous for beautiful mountains and ancient villages. We were staying in a hostel in Huangshan city (also known as Tunxi) which was a nice city with an attractive old town, lots of yummy food and souvenir shops. On our first day we took a bus to the village of Nanping where lots of films seem to have been filmed including some scenes from 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'. The village was quieter than we had been expecting and very much a real working village with a couple of buildings you could look into along with the odd food stall and information sign. It was a great peak into village life and the history of the area at the same time.

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Unfortunately we missed the last bus home from this rather isolated village - either that or there never were buses home in the first place - we were not quite sure which. We somehow ended up taking a motorbike ride from a fruit stall man to what we thought was the nearest bus station but whilst we were clinging onto the one person bike for dear life he proceeded to take us to a village even further away... He didn't charge us a penny and was a very kind and friendly person which did make us very happy but we still needed to get home. Luckily this village was more touristy and a guy who spoke perfect English appeared out of nowhere and negotiated a taxi ride for us for a good price. Basically Chinese public transport is hard but people are great.

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The next day we headed to Hongcun, this village was more touristy than Nanping so you could not see so much 'real life' happening but the old buildings had been well preserved and there was lots of information. We learned that in these villages the boys were sent away to be merchants at age thirteen but often sent back the money they had made to construct amazing buildings. Therefore the villages were wealthy and beautiful but often the wives of the men were lonely. We also learned that in this area, people place a clock, a mirror and a vase on their mantelpiece to bring them harmony and peace in the house. Since we found this out we have been noticing it everywhere.

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We spent out final two days in the area at the summit of Huangshan mountain which we reached via cable car. This mountain is meant to have crazy views and is one of the most recommended things to see in China. However on the day we had booked to go up and spend the night at the top, the rain was torrential and the view from the top was of thick, white fog. Our clothes and boots were soaked and we had to sleep in separate dorms as there were only male and female and no mixed. As much as we tried to be positive it was really not that fun and we ended up going to bed around 8pm. We woke up the next day at 4am to see the (nonexistent) sunrise and although there was still a lot of fog we were in much better spirits. We managed to see some pretty cool views and walk up and down plenty of steps. Some of these were just bolted into the side of the cliff which was a little worrying...

Our next stop was a short half-hour bullet train ride away near Wuyuan!

Posted by Chloemillen92 03:32 Archived in China Tagged china huangshan anhui hongcun tunxi nanping

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