A Travellerspoint blog

July 2013

Huangyanjie & Maoping Adventures

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day Toya,

Magnificent views unfurl from the watching tower, Huangyanjie sitting to the west of Jinggang Shan at more than one thousand three hundred meters above sea level and standing at over one thousand four hundred meters above sea level Five Fingers Peak is to the south and is immortalised on the back of the old one hundred Yuan banknote.

After seeing the Battle Site where Long March all really started we then decided on seeing two 'unknown' sites on the ticket which ended up being Maoping and Longshi Towns, both of which Mao Zedong visited and lived in prior to the beginning of the legendary Long March. That long and winding track as where Mao and others carried food, water and other requirements to their soldiers...ALONG with also continuing to fight. That was the first small pin point on the map of China where they actually went and walked....and no, not the car road, the one that goes way way way into the distance in the mountains.

Jinggang Shans Area/Access Ticket

Several days ago when I finally got around to purchasing my Area Ticket I was surprised at the cost (260 Yuan) but when I was told the actual details such as that it lasts for an entire five days etc I of course handed over the cash.

The actual ticket is 190 Yuan and the extra 70 Yuan is for the bus ride to and from Dujuan Shan. Don't worry I couldn't figure it out either, why not just make the ticket 260 Yuan?

Maybe you can buy one that doesn't include Dujuan Shan, but you'd be an idiot to do so. From the moment of purchase you never have to pay for any buses nor entry fees to and from anywhere around the entire area and from memory I think it is twelve different sites. In fact I think it is one of the best tickets I've purchased in many years and it makes things SO easy. Oh sorry I lied, you do have to pay for cable cars but that is covered on Dujuan Shan. Oh and you do have to pay separately for the rafting, but that's not a site is it.

Simply turn up to the main 'tourist' bus station in the morning and from there you catch your first bus for the day. At most sites if you are tired there are buses back to Ciping along with buses that take you to a completely different site and you then carry on until the end of the day and then continue the following day.

260 Yuan (plus cable cars if you want them) for an entire week...not too shabby!

Beers N Noodles toya...shane ________________________________________________________________________

The Soundtrack to this entry was by Elvis Costello The album was 'Spike' ________________________________________________________________________

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The DuJuanShan Mountain Adventure

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya,

I don't like cable cars. How many times have I told you that. Yet you keep sending me to places where I have to catch them.

Jinggang Shan's natural highland forest is unrivalled, particulary it's square-stemmed bamboo and some twenty six kinds of alpine azaleas that blooom from late Apil and Dujuan Shan (mountain) is obviously one of the best places/scenic areas on Jinggang Shan to get amongst it all as this is the one that most people come here for.

Besides ofcourse all the Long March and Chairman Mao 'stuff''.

For those who love cable cars you will love this one but for those who don't, bad luck as it is the only way to reach the top. Not only do you get one long journey, you actually get two because when you actually reach the top of what you think is THE mountain and begin to sigh with relief, you are then flung through what I was hoping to be the 'exit' but in fact you turn right and are once again flung out into the valley below.

Do they actually have to do that?

Can't they build a cable car that starts off slowly and doesn't fling you out into space and while they're are at it, can't they also add in a slow entry to exit because I for one always feel like I'm going to smash into the back wall at what seems like three hundred kilometers an hour.

Anyhow, enough for this blog and 'll do something I don't often do; Allow the pictures to mentally write the blog for you. All I can say is it was an amazing walk.

Beers N Noodles toya...shane ________________________________________________________________________

The Soundtrack to this entry was by Ronnie James DIO (RIP) The album was 'Holy Diver' ________________________________________________________________________

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Longtan & Shuikou Waterfall Park Adventures

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day Toya,

Who can ever say no to a good waterfall? Especially when there are five of them to visit.

As I walked halfway to Longtan and back yesterday afternoon/evening I figured why not begin my Jinggang Shan adventure with a day visiting waterfalls with YangWen and ZhuKeMin who I met yesterday while eating a delicious Taiwan Wrap/Pancake.

MMMmmm flaky puff pastry, beacon, lettuce, egg, mayo and tomato sauce. All rolled up into one of the most delicious snacks of all time!

Five Dragon Pools (Wulongtan) is about seven kilometers from Ciping Town, five cascading waterfalls and gorgeous views reward your long days adventure. The entire walk can take between four to six (or so I'm told) but as I can finally walk again I wanted to give my gammy leg a break so I decided to take the cable car back up which was a fantastic choice. From Longtan we grabbed the bus bound for Shuikou.

Shuikou at this stage is not complete, but they don't tell you that and for now you can simply walk down to the bottom of the waterfall take your happy snaps and then you have to walk all the way back to the top....but that does in no way mean it is not beautiful and worthy of a few hours exercise. .

The future map looks like it will be another wonderful waterfall scenic area that will take an entire afternoon to complete where at the end you can actually walk all the way to the lake and take a boat then bus back to Ciping. Beers N Noodles toya...shane ________________________________________________________________________

The Soundtrack to this entry was by Ella Fitzgerald The album was 'Gold' ________________________________________________________________________

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A Short Hobble To The Revolutionary Museum

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day Toya,

With its tree lined streets and misty mountain ranges, Jinggangshan is feted and mythologised by dewy eyed party cadres and propaganda departments China wide. In 1927 Chairman Mao led nine hundred men hereto be joined by Zhu De's battered forces. It was from these hills that Mao launched the legendary Long March to Shaanxi Province guaranteeing Jinggang Shan's conversion from mountain range to revolutionary cradle, communist monument and overrun tourist mecca.

The main township of Ciping, also known as Jinggang Shan is nestled around a small lake in the mountains, eight hundred and twenty meters above the sea. (above from the LP)

<u>Why Is The Blog So Short (I'm rewriting it on Sunday 11th August 2013)</u>

Finally after six years travelling together my trusty old Toshiba finally died (5th August) and after waiting for a few days for English software I finally took a few days to sit and finish most of my blogs from Fuzhou through until now. BUT...the version of Office 12 they installed (I wanted Office 2007) seemed to be a 'pre-release' version and tonight just as I sat down to copy over most of what I had written from word to Travelpod 'Office 2012' decided to tell me that my Beta licence had expired and won't let me use Word at all.

I can't even copy into Word Pad.

I also always thought that Word Pad could open Word files but you lost all the 'fancy stuff', obviously it doesn't open Word files...damn for me! So instead of waiting until I get home to install my Office 2007, the blogs will simply be short because after the last two weeks with my old computer dying more each day, finally dying, waiting for a new one and then having Office lock me out;

I paid an entire One Dollar and Fifty Cents Australian for that copy...sheeeeze! I really can't be bothered with computers at the moment. Beers N Noodles toya...shane ________________________________________________________________________

The Soundtrack to this entry was by The Workhorse Movement The album was 'Sons Of The Pioneers' ________________________________________________________________________

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Falling In & Out Of Love With Jinggang Town

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya,

Well Well Well. Three holes in the ground. And I managed to step in two of them.

This evening is my third evening here in lovely JinggangShan (JingGang Mountain) and I have totally fallen in love with the place which I must admit is a total turn around from how I felt on my first night. After almost an eight hour journey, several buses and waits from Fuzhou I finally arrived around dinner time. After finding a nice hotel for a much cheaper price than I was expecting I headed out and made my way down to the lake area.

It was absolutely stunning.

With a happy spring in my step I slowly made my way around the lake chatting to several uni students along the way and just as I was about to say good bye to the latest small group of uni students I stepped into a Tap Hole that had lost its cover and was hidden in the shadows and as I stepped back to try and regain my balance my other foot managed to find the edge of the footpath that of course had to have a deep gutter on the other side. So as my left foot slid into the gutter my right food got caught beneath the tap and I then felt an extremely hot pain from the bottom of my calf muscle all the way up through my thigh.

Since then two days and three nights have passed.

Most of each day I have spent in my room resting my leg and covering it in Tiger Balm, doing some stretches and after dark I head out and hobble around town to exercise. Tonight I managed to walk for around three hours which took me half the way to Longtan and back and going up the hill wasn’t so bad but coming back down was the real killer.

But I figured; hey you only live once so quit your bitching and moaning. Some people don’t even have a single leg to actually have hurt. So, let's get the 2013 Adventure restarted shall we. Beers N Noodles toya…..shane ___________________________________________________________

The soundtrack to this entry was by The Butterfly Effect The album was &#8216;Imago’ ____________________________________________________________

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