Huizhou, Anhui III
We decided to spend the last few days of our visit in the city where our next train departs from.
Tunxi Old Street is lined with shops and shops selling souvenirs, sweets, calligraphy art + supplies, wood carvings, jewelry and lots of tea especially various kinds of Chrysanthemums. In the evening, it is packed with Chinese and Foreign Tourists.
It continues to rain, but that night, Emma, Myka and i made a decision to climb HuangShan the next morning no matter the weather. Lucy had a mild temperature and Alvin's knees bothered him the last time he hiked down many stairs. Eli, hearing Lucy may have a day on the ipad, decided he'd rather stay with Lucy too. We made preparations and i, personally, was thrilled to not miss something i was looking forward to for months! Even if we're surrounded by mists, i knew i'd love it. Going with Emma and Myka, we were three gal pals from Canada - able to easily blend in with the mass or exchange travel stories with foreigners.
We were warned to make time at certain points in order to climb down before it gets dark. Most people climb up to stay overnight in order to view the sunrise early the next day before descent. Taking the advise of a few locals, We did take a cable car up the East side but once there, we made a decision not to linger or photograph until we reached the peak. We three were able to weave in, around, through the crowd without slowing down too much. The man at the hotel made a map for us so we did not need to buy one. It was only at intersections where we paused in order to read the signs to make sure we were headed in the right direction. I have to say, we made amazing time. The peak was disappointing for it came too soon and it was quite commercial and there was no view. That's where we stopped for lunch and lightened our load.
It was only noon when we began the descent so we took our time.
We made it back into the city before dark. The next day was an easy day of walking about before leaving on the train to Quanzhou where we will be picked up for a 3 hr drive into a region of tea mountains!