Up on a mountain for the eclipse...
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Let the adventures continueâ€¦
The hostel in Wuhan told us when we got off the bus in three and half hours in Juijing we could get another hour bus up the mountain to Lushan. HAHA except when we got off the bus in Juijing and showed people the paper asking to help us find the bus, they told us there was no bus; we had to take a taxi. The busses stop at 4pm is what we were told. So taxi it was. It ended up being better because the road was very windy and we got dropped off right at the hostel instead of in town. Our hostel was built into the side of a hill surrounded by trees. It was just what we needed. Youâ€™d never guess, but when we arrived it was late and we needed to eat and again had some rough times.
The next morning we were up early for the solar
After the eclipse, we came back to the hostel because we had to change rooms. We had lunch at the hostel which was a little spicy, but tasty- egg and tomato soup, rice, cumbers, lima beans, potato cubes, and pork.
Once we finished lunch we went for a walk around a lake and through some gardens. The lake was much more impressive from on the hill as the water level was pretty low. It was a very nice walk with a little hiking involved. By mid-afternoon we made it back to the hostel, but we kept going to get a watermelon. We tried to find a small one, but it was still way too big. We ate about half of it and put the rest in the fridge. We just kind of relaxed for the afternoon with Mom taking a nap and me reading a little.
Eventually we decided we should attempt the food thing again. ON our way into town we passed Miao and he was carrying to go containers so we asked him where we should eat. He told us Stone Ox, which didnâ€™t really help since it was in Chinese, but he gave us great directions. It was pretty busy so we had to wait for a table. There was a Chinese couple there and the wife spoke a little English. Then their daughter came out and spoke really good English. We were talking for a little bit and a table was ready. They invited us to join them so we said okay. They asked what we liked and then they ordered. Once food started coming it kept coming! We had pork and bamboo, pork and potatoes, bok choy, tofu with mushrooms in a sauce, winter melon, and sharkfin soup. It was a very pleasant dinner and the girl translated for us all.
We have noticed that Lushan is the resort town for the Chinese and we were the only foreigners there.
The next day we got a really good bao for breakfast and some deep fried bread that had a spicy meat in it. The first taxi we found said she couldnâ€™t take us the way we wanted to go; she could only take us a different way. We got out because we didnâ€™t quite understand why, but I guess only the bussed can go the way we wanted to go. While looking at the map another taxi approached us and told us the same thing so we went with them to the other side of the lake. The taxi driver had line an assistant with him. She showed us the path and how to go. The walk wasnâ€™t so bad going in since it was all downstairs and downhill paths. There was the Yellow Dragon Temple, Three Precious Trees, Yellow Dragon Pool and Black Dragon Pool- both small, but beautiful waterfalls.
Mom and I spent the afternoon just hanging out at the hostel reading, playing games and relaxing. A girl from Boston, Zia, showed up in the middle of the afternoon. We talked to her for awhile. She had some interesting stories and it was nice to have a whole conversation with someone else (mom agreed!) We invited her to dinner with us and went back to Stone Ox. We did pretty well ordering for ourselves, but a nice man offered to help.
Friday morning we were up early to head to the airport. It was raining pretty good all night and all morning. Our flight to Shanghai ended up being delayed an hour as wellâ€¦