The Road to Everest

Day 25: Saturday 20 May 2006
May 23, 2006,

Lijiang - Kunming

Yesterday, we enjoyed a rest day in Lijiang and many took this opportunity to visit the Old Town of Lijiang which is over 800 years old and home of the Naxi people, many of whom still wear their traditional costumes.

The town itself has a beautiful canal and network of bridges all criss-crossing their way through.

Today, however, we left the town via a road which took us out through farming land with crops of sunflowers and corn, an area very similar to Central France with tree lined roads and small forests. We then turned on to the new asphalt road passing many rice paddy fields on both sides of the road before entering the town of Dali with its Three prominent pagodas. These were rebuilt in 1997 after the originals were destroyed in the Cultural Revolution. Many participants then explored the Old Town and took lunch in local restaurants.

After lunch we left Dali, and travelled on along the expressway were we saw beautiful scenery of the Western Hills and the Dianchi Lake directly to the busy city of Kunming, our overnight halt.

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Day 30: Thursday 25 May 2006
Zhaoqing – Splendid China, Shenzhen

On this our final day of the Great Tour of China 2006, we made a short journey mainly on expressway from Zhaoqing to the Splendid China Cultural Park in Shenzhen for the ceremonial finish.

May 26, 2006
Day 29: Wednesday 24 May 2006
Guilin - Zhaoqing

We left Gulin on smooth fast roads with wonderful views of the ‘eggbox’ type hills. These are hills of limestone which have eroded into shape over centuries covered in native vegetation and resembling very large teeth.

May 25, 2006
Day 28: Tuesday 23 May 2006
Kaili - Guilin

The agenda today was another long driving day to Guilin along a mixture of road surfaces: smooth main roads, bumpy secondary roads and some roads still under construction.

May 24, 2006
Day 27: Monday 22 May 2006
Huangguoshu Falls - Kaili

Before negotiating another day on the road, everyone spent a couple of hours today visiting China’s most scenic falls at Huangguoshu. Set against lush, local vegetation, the falls make up in beauty for what they lack in size.

May 23, 2006
Day 26: Sunday 21 May 2006
Kunming – Huangguoshu Falls

This morning we took the northern road from Kunming on a mix of main highway, dual carriageway and back roads. The first town we passed through was Quiyang en route to Honggu, a large town with coal mining and steel production as it’s main industries.

May 23, 2006