Monday, January 25, 2016

Day 13: Yue Fei Pavilion...

~ 26th March 2014 ~
After our driver picked us up from the roadside, we continued with our journey. We were standing on a hanging wooden bridge and there were not that many photos to show as my travel buddy was paralyzed with fear due to the height. The view from the middle of the hanging bridge was the best.
Mi madre has to escort the travel buddy from one end of the bridge to the other end. Thank God there were no children walking like elephants on the bridge or else she would scream and then cement herself on the wooden planks. 
I had a good time taking photos of our driver and guide. He turned into a tourist at that point of time. This bridge is a MUST visit. It will just take a short time but if you're an avid photographer, it will take you forever on the bridge.

Day 13: Lushui Heliu Trail..

~ 26th March 2014 ~
This was another stop that the driver made us walk on our own. It was a path less taken and due to the increasing temperature, we refused to take that path as well. We walked less than 100 metres then we decided to call the driver, asked him exactly where the trail would be taking us. The name of the trail did not make any sense to us.
Our driver and guide told us we would be looking at almost the same thing, rock formation and water flowing. That's it! We're not going to that but we just needed some pictures to prove that we did start the trail but there's just no ending to the trail. Maybe you want to see the end result you can Google about that. I'm not going to Google that because if the view is really beautiful, I will feel very guilty for not persevering through. 
We were really happy though with just snapping a few pics and waiting patiently for our guide to turn back to fetch us. He was suppose to fetch us at the end of the trail. He must be thinking how terrible we were. We just gave him our most happy smile coz finally we got to sit in the air-conditioned car.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Day 13: Swallow Grotto....

~ 26th March 2014 ~
Our guide parked his car by the road. He went to take helmets for us and asked us to be careful of falling rocks. Then, he asked us to get down from the car and walked on. He would fetch us from the end of the trail. 
We walked on. The landscape was just so beautiful. It was like the Geography lesson more than a decade ago coming alive. If only we had field trips back then, everyone would have scored Geography with flying colours. I did get a 100% for Geography by just reading the revision books. As we walked on, I saw the name of the place... Swallow Grotto... it was a scenic trail. I was expecting to see swallows flying around, or should we be looking for the swallow nests?
The three of us just walked on, not knowing what to see. There was no sign of birds flying around, not even a tweet. Before long, we were walking through the tunnel. There were buses and cars passing through and I was thinking why did our driver not drive us through the tunnel. Well, he knows better. We were suppose to enjoy the scenic trail.
I just knew last week *more than a year later* that Swallow Grotto has no swallows and tourists were suppose to admire the uniqueness of the road cut at the belly of the hill. Go read more from Google. I was just fascinated with the river flowing in between two hills or boulders or mountains, whatever you call them. There was no rushing water, it was almost dry when we were there. So, I am grateful that God still spare some water to let it flow through or else I wouldn't know what we were suppose to see there other than rocks and more rocks. The bridge was name after the dead senior engineer, Jin Heng. He was swept away by the river during an earthquake in 1957. If I knew him personally, I would cry my eyes out for him.