Isolated on a Mountain enclosed by Fog - Luchun, China
Welcome to another very confusing blog because first of all the place we stayed at was Luchun in the county of Anhui in the same area as Huizhou. And areas in areas in areas. Aka, blah blah blah blah. So we then took a bus to the region thinking 'walking, exercise, positive?' Obviously. Of course how we were wrong. We literally had to hike up a mountain for 100km with heavy backpacks. The only thing that was light was my stomach because I was (naturally) hungry.
This one taxi driver stopped by and asked to drive us up the mountain for 15¥. The answer was no. He then followed us and asked for 10¥. We teetered for a bit but the answer was still a reluctant no. Next thing you know he says that he can take us for free . Ok now this was getting very suspicious. To confirm my suspicions, Lucy had the same distrustful expression. So when Lucy and I answered no, the man drove off and didn't reply when mother said thanks. So Lucy and i walked up the mountain in like four hours of sweat, boredom and no regrets. The others with more regrets. But hey, that man was 'fishy'. Very fishy.
The host of our Airbnb was not currently present when we arrived but his -ahem- 'uncle' was there to bring us to the house. To our surprise, the town was strangely free from the normal China traffic and was simply. No larger than a village. No street foods. The only restaurant it had was a very touristic and expensive place. NOPE. Family of six, OUT.
Luckily there was still a convenient store filled with instant noodles and Pringles. And no we did not just munch on that for the rest of our stay. People were kind and this one lady especially sold us some of her grown vegetables. And to my repulsive instinct, a hairless, skinned, very much dead, rabbit. *screams* But hey for me, food is food, this is their lifestyle, why not try it out. The place we stayed at was an antique chinese house with a kitchen. Not too shabby.
Other than that, during the day before it got dark, we walked down the mountain to the bigger village and spent the day there. You see there isn't any electricity in our village's streets. So we ran on rice and noodles in the evenings. Then topped that off with a warm sleep. In a Chinese incense smelling house.
Here in Luchun, we hiked a lot. Unfortunately, the mountain range and at least five feet in front of us was cloaked in fog. A wispy, thick and chilling fog. No matter where you went, there was fog. It could be reduced to a light mist but, it was still fog. Going down a hill, foggy. Walking through farmer fields, foggy. Hiking up vertical mountains, more intense fog. We honestly walked up really high. I'm surprised that Eli and Lucy didn't fall backwards or tip over in exhaustion on the way up. We did two medium sized hikes. Our taxi driver was really surprised that we hiked to the top and back again in such little time. Don't ever underestimate our hiking abilities. Especially Lucy and Eli's.
So we spend around 4 nights there then moved closer towards Huizhou area but in a different city called Tunxi. Stayed a good short 3 nights. AND OH MY GOODNESS I ALMOST DIED AT THE HANDS...no...AT THE CLAPPERS OF A SCORPION!!! It was literally crawling across the floor under the desk that i was sitting at. It was all large and stuff, then Dad hit it viciously with his shoe. We could hear a crack, so he picked it up with a tissue and it was withering and very much alive. Like, gross. So after that, i never walked barefoot on the floor. So then we also just roamed and the streets have so much samples of food. The funny thing is that they all sold the same items and foods. Not many seller cared if you took one sample one day and a second, another day because there were so many tourists. Except for this one lady who was really rude. But it didn't matter because i still got the food.
Another special place that we hiked was the Yellow mountain. The Yellow Mountain was thriving with...well, yellow people and some mixed. It was a super long hike with lots of ups and downs and long stretches. But don't forget that the steps are as large as your shins. And especially don't forget the lovely Chinese tourists that always fail to notice your presence alongside your very angered expression. But the chilly cool mountain air reminded me of skiing and even with your visibility limited, it was pretty nice. The funny thing was, the along the hike there was some 'points of interest' where without the fog, it would've been such a beautiful photo. With the fog, it looked like grey wall and we skipped over them. The Chinese tourists however, would spend like 5 hours snapping photos of well, nothing. It's hilarious.
Okay i'm so sorry for the delay of posts but that's alright because i will catch up. I'm currently in Cambodia so i will get China finished before we'll get through Thailand. Promise!!
BYE GUYS!!!! ( Next up, more mountains! )