Hukou Travel Blog› entry 5 of 18 › view all entries
We made it to Hukou- dropped off next to a river and an awaiting minivan (had nothing to do with us!) which had 3 young eager guys willing to take us 3 kms up the road to the falls. We got in and managed to make small talk with the little mandarin that we knew (not much!) The falls is along the Yellow River, so the water s murky and brown... and the falls itself are below instead of aove. So were got out at this carpark and walked over to where the river drops. You can hear the waterfall and see the spray, but its not till you get up close that you see the force it has dropping down below...its crazy! After many photos (and being in many other peoples photos!) we were then taken up to the top of one of the surrounding moutains to which we believe were tuneeles and hopuses wbuilt into the rock during the war. Just a wild guess! Hard to tell as everything was in chinese and the old man who was our guide spolenoe english. Still, we enjoyed ourselves, and the view from the top was amazing.
We spent that afternoon down the river on a little island, which had a humungous statue of a turtle with a historical figure standing on it. It was quite amazing, and am sure there is some story behind it, we just don't know what! We made friends with a local guy who was hanging around, and went to his block of apartments for dinner, as there was a restaraunt on the ground level. Mind you, it was either the restaurant at the hotel, or at this place, not much to choose form here! There was a table with a couple and one guy who invited us to sit with them and basically consume as much beer as we could....we did our best! Was a good night!! We spent the foloowing morning on the other side of the falls, once again being the superstars- i swear the chinese tourists were taking more photos of us than the waterfall! We got on the afternoon bus and headed to Xi'an (not a short journey......) along the windy mountain roads with absolutly amazing and unbeatable views...