Maria Holland

Ratio of Mountains:Days – 2:1

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm

On Thursday morning we were woken at 8:30 – unfortunately, we had asked for a wake-up call at 8 . . . Apparently the Chinese version of a wake-up call is to call you a half-hour later, wanting to know why you haven’t woken up yet.  We got dressed in all our layers in record time and went downstairs to meet our driver and new travel buddy, Xu. 

Our destination was two waterfalls a little ways away from Wuyishan proper.  The first one was 青龙, or Green Dragon.  It took us just over an hour to climb, but we were treated to a beautiful waterfall at the top.

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We walked back down on a highway, surrounded by green mountains that reminded me a lot of Jurassic Park.

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Lunch was definitely the low point of the entire trip.  Our driver took us to a restaurant, which should have triggered warning signs.  We ordered 3 dishes and a soup, for which the owner charged us 150 元.  That meant 50 kuai ($7) per person, making our mediocre fare the 4th most expensive meal I’ve eaten since I came to Xiamen. 

As we started our second climb of the day – 龙川, or Dragon River – I discovered that it’s easier to climb when you’re mad.  I was calculating all the things that 50 kuai could have bought me –

  • 1 night in our hostel in a room – with a view of the mountain
  • a burrito at the famed Havana restaurant that I haven’t been to yet
  • a month of internet and phone
  • 12 ounces of cheese
  • 10 DVDs, or 5 DVD-9s
  • dinner and a movie
  • 10 glasses of milktea with tapioca pearls

It was pretty ridiculous.  I’m still stewing over it.

Anyway, the second waterfall was also very nice, and only took us 40 minutes to climb. 

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We rested back at the hotel for a bit, and then went out to explore the city some more.  When we got back at 8:30 the door to the hostel had already been locked for the night!  I guess Wuyishan is not where you go to experience night life in China . . .

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  1. Looks like I am the only one in the family not to see a waterfall in 2009! Looks like you had a great time.

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