The Road to Everest


Day 28: Tuesday 23 May 2006
May 24, 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.

We started out, climbing through very picturesque alpine scenery, over extremely twisty but fun narrow roads, before descending into Ronjiang via Leishan where we meandered down valleys and ran alongside a larger river. Here we got the chance to see typical river fishing boats tied up with their ‘fishing’ cormorants abroad. This area reminds one very much of the English TV documentary showing the last of the old fisherman using cormorants to fish.

The lunch halt was off of the main highway and in the backwater but famous wooden village of Zhaoxing. This was a Dong Minority village boosting five Drum Towers, five family clans and is famed throughout China for it’s collection of traditional architecture.

We proceeded to climb steeply out of Zhaoxing and made our way out again on winding hairpinned roads before descending back on to the main highway. Heading east on gravel we made our way into Guilin passing the ‘infamous’ dam from the 2004 Great Tour of China. On the approach we caught a glimpse of the dramatic Karst landscape for which this area is very famous.

Tonight we were privileged enough to stay in the Lijiang Waterfall hotel, where at 20:00 each evening water cascades down the side of the building creating a one of the largest man-made waterfalls in the world.

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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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