Johnny and Tin Tin
After a bit of a mission, we found our way to the Tiger Leaping Gorge where we would be spending the next 2 days trekking. We ditched the bus idea and got a cab between the 4 of us, which was cheaper than the bus! We arrived in the town of Qiatou where the trek starts and grabbed some lunch at Margos Cafe, who also had the offer of free luggage storage during our trek. Legend! It was here we met little Tin Tin, a local girl who had so much energy and was jumping around like a jellybean- funny little thing. We then got on our way. Our plan was to do the majority of the trek, stay a night and continue on before heading back to Lijiang for the night. We were all in high spirits and full of energy for the first 2 hours, we had chinese tourists on horses -cheaters!-passing by with dangling bells instead of blaring horns (a nice touch) but then we hit the '28 bends' (uphill!), and I faltered.
Tin Tin the Tiger!
It was at this stage I realised just how unfit I was! Johnny was paitient and before we knew it we made it to the top. Yay! from that point onwards it was down hill or flat, so quite easy. We passed through two villages on the way, which offered beds for the night, but we didnt cave and trekked on until 6 hours later arrived at our destination- Halfway Guesthouse! We got rooms with the most unbeatlable view looking over the gorge- and for such a cheap price. We enjoyed the serenity, and sat up on the balcony and had beer and dinner with the many other trkkers who we had met that day.
No need for getting up early, we had a nice lie in, late brekkie and off we went. The trek was only a couple of hours, but we passed a beautiful waterfall and teh views were amazing the whole way.
We took the lower path down towards the road and caught a minibus back to Margos Cafe where we had a bite to eat before heading back into Lijiang. We spent the night exploring Lijiangs Old Town- it was so beautiful, none of us wanted to leave the next day! Yes, it had many shops aimed at tourists, but the had so much colour and character...and that doesnt even start to descibe the old town itself! Cobblestoned alleyways that make you feel like you in a maze, with canals randomly placed along the way- and once you reach the centre- bright red lanterns, huge lush green trees hanging over the canals, little bridges linking the paths...I could go on forever. Lets just say you have to go yourself!!!
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Just one night is not long enough...this town is so enchanting with its cobbled streets, canals running along and the many trees throughout, not … read entire review