The Road to Everest


Day 30: Thursday 25 May 2006
May 26, 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.

Splendid China is the place where Chinese have recreated a copy of one of every type of traditional buildings in China, from pagodas to bell towers. We got to see China in miniature to remind us of what we have seen over the last 30 days.

We were flagged in by Event Director, John Brown, and welcomed by dancers and drummers in true Chinese style. We then enjoyed a fabulous lunch outside underneath some shady trees and all toasted our achievements.

From here we made our way to the docks where we handed over our vehicles to the shippers ready for their voyage home. A coach then took all the participants over the border to the internationally acclaimed Harbour Plaza Hotel, Hong Kong.

In the evening we embarked on a boat from the hotel quay which took all participants to the Rainbow Seafood restaurant on Lamma Island for our farewell dinner where we all exchanged tales of our adventures on the Great Tour of China 2006.

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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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