A word of warning – the next few posts might be a bit light on words. If you just thought, “Hooray!” then you should be ashamed of yourself. No, these posts won’t be textually-challenged because I’ve decided to spare you my flaky prose or terrible sense of humour, but because no words can do justice to some of the scenery here. For that reason, it will be mostly photos and the odd caption.
Unless you’re flying, Zhangjiajie is relatively hard to get to. We got the bullet train (700km in 2.5 hours!) from Guangzhou to Changsha, where we spent the night and then got on another train the next morning. Since we were only briefly in Changsha, there’s not much I can say about it, except that our hotel (the Lotus Huatian) had a “food street” restaurant attached. You get a card as you go in and rather than browsing a menu, you wander around a series of ‘booths’ filled with ingredients and chefs. Pick a few dishes – each time this is registered on your card – and the food is cooked and brought to your table. Damn tasty it was too.
|Lotus Huatian Food Street in Changsha|
|Pick your dish and it's cooked fresh while you wait|
The park is quite big but there are free tourist buses to whisk you between sights. It’s a bit confusing so we actually got on the wrong bus. It didn’t matter much as we were taken to what should have been the end of our tour. Not to worry, we just did the route in reverse.
Our new first stop: the Bailong Elevator.
|Is that rock hovering...?|
|Does James Cameron know about this?|
On day 2, we decided to see what the scenery looked like from ground level so we followed the path next to the Golden Whip stream.
|Golden Whip stream|
|Karst scenery at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park|
|Hang on little monkey!|
Current Location: Yangshuo until 18th July
Next Stop: Nanning