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China - Emei Shan and Leshan (world's biggest Buddha)

Written on: Wednesday February 11th, 2009

We thought we'd take a road trip up to Emei Mountain whilst in Chengdu. On the way there the locals slurped up vacuum-wrapped packets of chickens feet while we tucked into our crispy seaweed and chilli peanuts.

After arriving at Emei bus station we had to then catch two more local buses, and by the time we reached the mountain village of Baoguo we had just missed the 4 o'clock last bus to the top. Norah had a tantrum and nearly cried (as it was apparently my fault) and declared she was making no more decisions on the trip whatsoever.

So I decided to book us into a nice little hostel called 'Teddy Bear' run by a local mountaineer with the English name of Andy (all Chinese, without exception, introduce themselves by their English names, and are loathe to give you their Chinese name as you'll more than likely make such a hash at the pronunciation). After checking-in though, we were both in fact glad to have missed the bus as we realised we would have had another 6 hour hike to find a sleeping place, and have to pay the equivalent of 29 pounds each just for the privilege before even finding a hotel. This is where you discover what Chinese tourism is all about. Communism at its best.

In the morning we set off for Leshan, rather than up the mountain, and saw the biggest buddha in the world.

J.

(Teddy Bear Hotel - recommended)

 

From Jaycee on Nov 25th, 2011

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