The Road to Everest


Day 27: Monday 22 May 2006
May 23, 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.

For, although not among the world’s largest banks of water, the falls at Huangguoshu provide a delightful walk in the most peaceful surroundings – particularly if, like us, you go early to avoid the crowds of tourists.

Particularly pleasing is the opportunity to climb up and behind the falls, so that you can look out through a screen of cascading water and out at the surrounding countryside.

Refreshed by the Huangguoshu spray, everyone set out for Kaili. Everyone, that is, except for Do and Annemieke Meeus, whose Jag finally succumbed to the distance and dust and gave out following the onset of a misfiring camshaft that could not be fixed.

This was in spite of great help from Jingers, whose roadside repair attempt was rated as perhaps the finest piece of improvised mechanical work that John Brown has ever seen. The Jag was loaded on to a truck and sent ahead to Shenzhen, where Do and Annemieke will meet us at Splendid China.

The 4x4s, meanwhile, enjoyed a pleasant run through yet more wonderful countryside. Several participants, including Jim Carr, Helen Peacock, Eileen Ainscough, Honor Lindsey, Richard Smith, David Hughes, Richard Martin-Hurst, and Mary and John Anderson had a Full English at the back of a service station on a stone table and chairs, using their own utensils and provisions.

The 4x4s arrived safely at their destination, and everyone apart from our Dutch friends can now claim that they spent a pleasant night in Kaili – which is more than most people can even dream of.

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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

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