This was a long holiday I took with my immediate family, also including my 1st and 3rd aunt and their spouses. 9 days in China, seeing mainly mountains was definately a sight but again, the lack of shopping also bored me a little.
During this trip, I was taking down snippets of notes to remind myself what I saw, what I encountered etc along the journey so that when I am writing this post, I will have a better memory of what happened (ppl who knows me, will know I have a bad memory!) Note that all timings are in reference to Singapore timing.
Day 1 (08 Sept 2010)
Our 2.40am flight was via ShenZhen Airlines to Shenzhen (4 hours flight on such a small plane really aches my ass) with a less than WOW experience, where the tall (1.7m+) air stewardesses wore “Smiley Face” badges on their chest, accompanied by the glum expressions on their face. The onflight breakfast served was a rubbery omelette plus a rock-hard bread with butter. =)
Oh yeah, they have Inflight Entertainment system too! It’s featuring some lame and funny cartoon, customized to their plane e.g. no smoking on the plane and what lame things happen if they do smoke: the guy gets his ass burnt or watsoever kind you see…
Advantage of sitting by the window seat: Get to shoot the blue skies!
0630am: Reached Chang Sha domestic airport to transit a 2 hrs flight to ZhangJiaJie.
Took this on a bus within the airport where there are transport from the planes to the entrance of the airport.
0814am: A snapshot of the interior of ShenZhen’s airport: The security didn’t expect my 18-35mm UWA lens to be that wide. =p
To get on this flight, it was a big rush, because of the tight timings between both flights so checking in of luggages was a chore, not forgetting that we got bodychecks at the immigration (by a female officer, who to the extent of being rough, tugged my belt till I was shaken up).
Finally boarded the flight at 0900am, which only took off at 0945am. Captured a shot of a tall stewardess who me softly “No taking photos of the staff” in mandarin. =.=”” Oh well, the inflight meal was a free burger, a cold burger to be exact… Was chatting with mum during this 2 hours journey on and off, mostly talking about mei.
1117am: We arrived about 1045am in Changsha and by the time we got onto the bus (No. 2A14773) and meet our first tourguide, it’s about 11ish already. This was one of the best and most fantastic guides we ever met, Xiao Yuan (aka Yuan Ah Mei) from the Tu Jia Tribe, who always ends sentences with a “hur…”. One liner she proudly highlight was: China’s 山水 are ZhangJiaJie’s mountains and 3 Gorges water.
1245pm: Finally finished our lunch at the old place (I forgot to note down where is this place…)
This was taken somewhere in ChangSha too but I can’t remember what is this place too. It’s like a place of memorial if I didn’t remember wrongly.
Time for some street shooting while on the tour bus!
1315: We were brought to this place called Huangxing Nanlu Walking Street, where we had some time to do shopping for a couple of hours. I did my shopping as well as purchased a checkered shirt for 149 RMB! In this shopping street, u can see outlets managers having briefing sessions with their staff outside the store and they looked very professional and driven!
These are lotus fruits, where the commoners peddle on the streets.
This is Smelly Toufu! (Not my type of food! Eew!)
A poodle dyed to meet the trends of the city. =p
Oh well, in this trip, I took alot of self portraits with my family because I didn’t take the tripod out. Too heavy to carry around ya see…
Took a candid shot of my parents while they were taking a break frm the shopping walk. Shot while drinking my pudding milk tea. Yummy! Talking about milk tea, the chap selling me the milk tea was telling me how special the tea was… it has some 18xx Vanilla content etc… blah blah blah. Lame okay. =.=””
1630hrs: Reached Vaya hotel for a bath and took a rest after the long day (waking up early for a flight is no joke man)
Day 2-4 (09-11 Sept 2010)
0600am: We woke up that early so that we can minimise time lost during the day. Thr breakfast at the hotel Vaya was real bad, including the f**k up service from the fried egg “chef”. This made me feel that this part of the city is “A city with a smile on their badge, not their faces“. After breakfast (0700hrs), we have to take a long bus ride to ZhangJiaJie (last time known as Da Yong). We stopped over at 0900hrs for a break here. In this picture, the vehicle belows to the military and the driver was trying to sell me his binoculars =.=””
These scenaries with mountains and low level houses that are so unlike Singapore were captured along the way to ZhangJiaJie. Along the way, Xiao Yuan was sharing about the curses the tribe women uses to keep the men by their side (Feeding the biggest worm with blood from middle finger for 49 days, into their lovers food. If the lovers are away for too long, a poison effect will happen etc.. the effect depends on what she fed her lover with. Scary yeah!)
Xiao Yuan was also sharing how their tribes using such magic they have to get rid of “fishbone in throat”: By combining the water from JiuLongShui well with a talisman, facing a certain direction to recite the codes, the water will help to solve the problem. For me to hear, for you to believe. =p
1230pm: Reached ZhangJiaJie city for a meal at a restaurant with lotsa mushrooms! I don’t take it so I just took the other meat and veg. Also tried the “Sheep Stomach Mushroom” Yang Tu Jun Wine, which was way too strong for me. It burnt my stomach with a small sip down the throat! Outside this restaurant, they sold alot of fruits, where my dad, haggled with a fruit seller for trying to con my sis. =p
10 Sept 2010
0745am: We had a lousy breakfast at this Emperor hotel before departing on the bus ride to start the day’s activities! During the journey there, Xiao Yuan was sharing about if a guy challenge a gal to a bout of Chang Shan Ge (competing of tribal songs) and if he loses, he will have to stay for 9 years: 3 years to cut wood, 3 years to do hard work and the last 3 years to carry water for washing her legs. I assure you I will never attempt to challenge any girl in ZhangJiaJie then. =p
This is Tu Shi Cheng, where we can know more about the Zhang Jia Jie tribes.
This is made up of malt and peanut, and its called SU DA BING. It’s something like the “GONG TNG” sold in Singapore but much more stickier on the teeth!
Next was the tea tasting session at Dr Tea. We bought about 1000RMB worth of tea. Phew~
A closeup of the TianQi tea, which we bought too. Taste very much like “YEW SIM” (bitter bitter bittery)
A trip to Bao Feng Hu
If you can’t walk, you can pay others to fetch you up the mountain. =p
A part of the mountain, that looked like a peacock.
A stone rising from the water, that looks like a tribal woman. Try to visualise. =p
It’s lovely how they managed to create a decent staircase into a mountain.
We came down from above… via the stairs. Phew! Long way down!
Resting our legs after a mini mountain hike in hot medicated water (about 55 degree celsius!)
This is a queer lady that said I look 20 odd only… and well, she yawned alot while rubbing my hair leg. =p
In the night, we went for this play in ZhangJiaJie. I enjoyed it the most in fact. Pretty interesting to watch!
This is the part which freaked me out. This guy’s voice is so high that when he sang at his highest note, I could feel vibrations hitting into my ears, just like my eardrums were about to burst. The most amazing high pitched voice I ever heard.
Came to Yuan Jia Jie to get ready to sit on the elevator built by the side of the Tian Zi Shan mountain!
The elevator is on the left of the picture (Bai Long Tian Ti elevator)
A scene inside e elevator!
A view at the top of the elevator! WOW!!!
Proceeded to see the Shi Jie Di Yi Qiao but was too foggy so can’t see it. Here’s the Tian Xia Di Yi Shuo instead! There’s a padlock in the middle of the foggy mountain!
A foggy shot of the Bronze statue in Tian Zi Shan
A nice cable ride down the mountain after all the scenic views!
After dinner, proceeded to Tian Men Shan to watch a performance that uses Tian Men Shan as a backdrop. Too dark to actually see it though.
This light is shone frm the hole in Tian Men Shan. Looks great doesn’t it? So glad I got this shot!
Alot of manmade tunnels created through the mountains, that allows alot of routes through the mountains, resulting in better transportation I feel. On the way to “10 mile scenic drawing corridor”, where they will have mountains that they depict as paintings.
This looks like a Xmas tree doesn’t it?
The 3 sisters peak on the top right of the image.
The old man peak at the middle of the picture, saw it?
Our train ride to view all this scenic “paintings”
A trip to view the Golden Whip rock and the Golden Whip lake. At the end of this mini tour, we still didn’t know where is the rock and lake. =.=””””””””
Did a SUPER 360 degrees pano shot by stitching multiple shots together.
This is the group picture of our Chan Brother’s tour group.
Oops, our tyre punctured along the way to the cruise! A bad thing to happen cause it’s not easy to get repair along the way. The repairman took 1/2 hour to change the spare tyre. A tough job we saw….
Finally reached the harbour where Century cruise is at 1215pm!
12 Sept 2010
Woke up early just to try to capture the sunrise! but couldn’t see it. Anyway had a great breakfast buffet on the cruise at 0730am. Can’t forget the cornflakes with yogurt!!!
0930am: Reached 3 gorges dam, to be led by Ms Wang, our tour guide (in the next picture)
A view of the dam from the front.
185 means its 185m high above. =p
They sell PORN books with scenaries as the background. =.=”” WOW~
This picture shows XIE HONG, a scene where the water is being released.
A pasta chef at the cruise. Great beef spagetti he makes!!!
A bird flying below me, across 3 gorges river…
Stuck at Xilin Gorge, waiting for ships to park and wait for each barrier to open and close… takes up to few hours to get through this dam. 5 doors to clear! OMG~
To anchor the ship
This round circles are made when the tyres by the side of the ship touches against the walls during “parking”, and that removes the algae on the walls, thus the circles formed.
The ships captain welcoming us onboard!
Finally got thru the last barrier at 1900pm! OMG!
13 Sept 2010
The sunrise approaching Wu Gorge. I love this shot in the hazy morning~
Scene of the rainbow bridge from a distance.
Tea trees along the way to MaDu river (little 3 gorges!)
Mi Le Fuo Feng Peak
Guan Yin Zhuo Lian Tai Feng Peak
Dao Shui Mei Ren Feng Peak
On the mini boat through Mini 3 gorges.
This is Xuan Guan (aka Cliff Coffins), where the dead bodies of the richer/highly ranked people have their coffins placed. There is still no conclusion to how the coffins were placed up there in the mountains.
My dad flying a kite like a kid. Reminising his childhood? =p
Qutang Gorge. To show how big the gorge is, I shot it with the people in the scene so you can see how small the people are in comparison to the mountains.
A shot of a cruise beside ours: the design of this cruise is a DRAGON, thus the scales.
Reached Feng Jie after crossing Qutang gorge.
Dock and left the ship at 1600hrs to go to Hope primary school to visit the kids!!
This shot was taken by Jiang Yun in order to break the ice between us. I gave her my camera to toy with and after she shot it, I let her see the results. =p
Now, this is Jiang Yun. Very cute oriental looking girl right!!!
Me saluting with her! Love the flare that comes thru her head and arm but hate my layered chin!!!
The teachers’ office
The kids’ classroom
It was nearly 1900 hours by the time we got back to the cruise. Tiring day!
Beacons to guide ships going by the river.
A view of my room… all seen outside is just mountains. Thus the window is always green. =p
Tombstones spotted along the way. What happens when the water level rises again? I have no answer to that…
14 Sept 2010
Getting off at FengDu for treeplanting in the morning!
Getting out of the cruise again for a tour to Feng Du Xue Yu cave at 1445pm
FengDu XueYu Cave where limestone caves are around us
This view looks like a naked woman bathing… Can you see it? it’s pretty wet in this cave.
This is one of the spectacular scene in the cave here.
The 4 waiter and waitresses that served us excellantly during this trip. Everyone was so impressed with them that they all got tipped separately! =p (From Left: Lucky, Cindy, Jerry, Iris)
15 Sept 2010
Arrived at Chong Qing City for sightseeing! Yeah! Some city at last!
On the way to Er Ling Park.
Amazing 90 yr old man, who do an array of amazing feats! He did this knucles pumping like 20 counts?
Now he’s showing how he whacks his head with a hammer (8kg). He brings it around like a toy! =.=””
A view of Kan Sheng Lou ( The highest point in Er Ling Park)
Our Chong Qing tour guide, Xiao Que.
Okay, let’s try Mala Hotpot now. *hot hot hot!!!*
On the way to the 3 gorges museum, I saw sleepy people along the roadside…
3 gorges museum exterior
3 gorges museum interior
Mum and Sis at Jie Fang Bei
Our most luxurious hotel at Chong Qing: JW Marriot! A pity its only 1 night there!
Jie Fang Bei
Mum and sis buying dates to eat. =p
A street to buy flowers (LuZuMiao)
Her dog walks… =.=””
Pretty and slim looking Traffic wardens directing traffic. How cool is that? =p
All of us went for massage during the night. Great one after so much walking!
A last view of Chong Qing City.
16 Sept 2010
On the way back to Singapore! That’s all folks!