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Old 3rd July 2008, 13:15   #31
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Wonderful
lovely it is.
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Old 3rd July 2008, 13:31   #32
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Lalvaz and phamilyman Thanks guys.

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Good to know that the Chinese also enjoy these things. Somehow from the outside you get this image of a country under total government control, etc.
No, no. It was actually these people who were tugging us along.
Chinese are born nature lovers.
They love trees, forests and greenery. You must see the amount of money the government spends on maintenance of greenery in and out of city.
And during their vacations, it’s very difficult to get bus, train and air tickets. They are all booked in advance.

People have freedom, maybe not 100%. But they enjoy their life to the full. It’s so better than what it was maybe 10 years ago. The society has all types of people: Super rich, moderately rich, middle class and poor. It’s the same like India.

They sure have very strong academic, social and cultural norms. But the restrictions are vanishing day by day. They are globalizing. They are opening up. There is no other way.
(I also see that they blindly imitate the west, particularly America.)

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Old 3rd July 2008, 13:55   #33
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Dolphin, your narrative and writing skills belie your age!



BTW, how very old are you? Twenty-*, right?
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Old 3rd July 2008, 14:23   #34
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Dolphin, your narrative and writing skills belie your age!

BTW, how very old are you? Twenty-*, right?
I am really flattered. Thank You. Am trying to close my mouth.

And about my age, it's # )

(Hint: Check your keyboard.)

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Good narration Dolphin the 1st half reminded me of my trip to Vaishnodevi . Very good pics of the entire trip.
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Thanks Hurrycane12

Here we go-

Ok time to return. People are all scattered around, so no rush. Mondy says he cannot carry the beer anymore. Maybe he thinks someone else must carry them from here. He has carried them long enough. No one is ready to carry it further. He is pissed off now. So, we leave the bottles in the bushes. Sigh!

We proceed to go down the steps. Steps? What steps? There are no steps.

In the initial part of the descent, the steps are no more than horseshoe pecks. Maybe in the rush while coming up I didnít notice this. To make matters worse, it begins to drizzle. No steps and now rain. I am scared.

Forget your teeth, the Police will have to undertake a mission to recover your body parts if you slip and fall.

We somehow clamber down the hill. Drizzling stops. We all sit together near a small shop and buy cakes, muffins, water, and start eating.
I clicked this on the way down:
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Now we have to explore the other part of the mountain. At this stage thereís nothing left in me to continue. I feel like going home. I want to see the mountain but body is not permitting. Anyway, nobodyís going to come and airlift me, I move on.

The weather today is cloudy, not bright and sunny as the previous day. Todayís climb is a little peculiar. We climb uuuuup and then we climb dooooown. Itís like a see-saw. Up down, up down. Also the ups and downs are very steep.

I see some spectacular views and spots on this route. Clouds and mist all-around. The altitude we are attaining today is even greater than what we attained yesterday. We visit many peaks. Wonderful!
Snaps:
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I really don't know what she is pointing at:
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Water Conservation:
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Old 3rd July 2008, 20:50   #37
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Dolphin, almost six hours since you posted and no comments!
What d'you suppose this means?!











At least there is one uncleji waiting with bated breath!
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Dolphin, almost six hours since you posted and no comments!
What d'you suppose this means?!


At least there is one uncleji waiting with bated breath!
Maybe everyone is too relaxed or too busy.

Uncleji! I would certainly not call you this. You seem to be very young at heart.

Anyway, Anupji you made my day. cheers:
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Old 4th July 2008, 07:14   #39
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By 11 A.M., we reach a summit which has some buildings and mobile towers. All through the climb there is not even a single spot without coverage. Great.

Snaps:
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These snaps were taken at the same place:
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Wow! Would love to spend some days here:
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That's me:
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Itís almost 12 noon now. Chinese say that itís time to get back. We are somewhere in the Eastern part of the mountain. To climb down to the foot, it would take another 2-3 hrs. If climbing the mountain had been a daunting process for us, climbing down was even more painful. I never knew that climbing down steps hurts so much.

Some snaps taken while climbing down:
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We still have a long way to go. We say to our Chinese colleagues that we would like to take the cable car. They say we would get a cable car station on the way, we can take it and wait for them when we get to the foot.

Look, now they agree!

They will not take the car, they prefer to climb down. I wonder how these guys have so much stamina.

We arrive at the station, buy tickets and say good-bye to the Chinese.
This is the first time I am in a cable car. The view is so different from here. I love it.

Some snaps:
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In about 20 mins the cable car dumps us at almost the foot of the mountain. Itís very calm, almost no people. We still are surrounded by mountains. We relieve ourselves in a bio-toilet and sleep under a tree.

Aahh! So relaxing!

After about 2 hrs our Chinese colleagues start arriving one by one from a side trial. Everyone relaxes.

Soon we start walking (no steps, thank God) to the bus terminal. We take the small mountain bus and reach the bus station where our big bus is waiting for us. We have green tea in a restaurant and get ready to leave the mighty Huangshan Mountain.

We friends look at each other and burst into laughter, what a tedious trip it was, we look pathetic.

The return journey passes without any incidents. We reach our city at around 9 P.M.
I say good-bye to all, go home and sleep like a baby. A well deserved sleep I would say.

Conclusion: I have written a straightforward account of the frustration of climbing and the beauty of the mountain.

These climbs take so much out of you. But there are moments along the way that make it all worthwhile. Even for a second, I do not regret making this trip. It was painful but it was also great. It is one of the most beautiful mountains you will ever get to see. Itís tranquilizing.
(We actually didnít see all of it. The Huangshan village, the hot springs, some great waterfalls and many other beautiful spots were missed. To view all these another day or two is required.)

Maybe the photos do not reflect the splendor of this mountain to the fullest. I didnít concentrate much on photography at that time. They do not reflect what my eyes actually saw.

Huang Shan Mountain is a marvelous place. Itís a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

If any of you get a chance to visit the Huangshan Mountain, and you think you can do it, go for it. By now you know that itís a physically challenging task. There is a lot of climbing even if you use the cable car. But you will enjoy more if you are less exhausted.

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Conclusion: I have written a straightforward account of the frustration of climbing and the beauty of the mountain.
I wish all travelogues could be such 'straightforward accounts'! Sigh...

Having 'been there with you', I wonder if there is need to have the wind knocked out of me by actually going there!
Splendid!
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Hi Dolphin,
Enjoyed the snaps and the write up...good going and thanks for sharing !
Hope you have some more snaps of China and 'intended' write ups of your other Chinese 'incursions' coming here !!!

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Hi Dolphin,
Enjoyed the snaps and the write up...good going and thanks for sharing !
Hope you have some more snaps of China and 'intended' write ups of your other Chinese 'incursions' coming here !!!
Hey Guderian Thank You.
I sure have some in store. Soon I will write a travelogue related to 2 splendid cities.
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Great writeup dolphin. I enjoyed your pics and also the experience. The views are simply awesome. Great to see such a place not made fully commercial.
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Very nice travelogue and having congratulated once before will not stop me in doing so again...Congrats on your well written report with excellent pics. Keep them coming and surely many will be waiting for it.
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@Dolphin, great writeup. Enjoyed it fully.

O,T you seem to be a vegetarian(from one particular post). Too bad, or else we could have got some very good insight to Chinese cuisine.
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