The Road to Everest


Day 29: Wednesday 24 May 2006
May 25, 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.

As the hills disappeared behind us we moved through rice fields and small farms with many vegetable and fruit stalls at the roadside.

We approached Zhaoqing via the Seven Star Crags in the northern outskirts beside the Star Lake (a national park). The crags are limestone and are arranged in the same formation as the seven stars of the Big Bear constellation. Ancients believed they fell from the sky! The Star Lake comprises of five lakes with lush mountains, exquisite waters, amazing cliffs and fascinating caves.

The only problem today happened after lunch for Richard Martin-Hurst and his crew. His Toyota Landcruiser suffered a constant velocity joint failure, for which the front prop. shaft was removed by Jingers to alleviate load from the joint. They continued onward at a reduced speed to get the vehicle to the overnight halt in Zhaoqing.

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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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