Pandas and Emei Shan Mountain
18.03.2009 - 21.03.2009 24 °C
Well there it was another night train to Chengdu much to Ruths Joy.....she couldnt wait for some more wobbly squat toilets , instant beef noodles and men and woman hocking it back.....:o).
We arrived early in Chengdu and as we only had a few days and we wanted to climb Emei Shan mountain aswell which would take a few days.....it was straight to the Panda Research centre.Which was a far cry from Beijing Zoo, Pandas had planty of space , food and they got to make love.....! It was a breeding reserch centre which was founded to help the Giant Panda in the wild. After our tour around the Panda centre we watched a film about Panda Sex and we all acted very maturely throughout the documentary.......;o). We went off to do our first proper internet photo upload banaza than for the afternoon.
It was up early the next morning for Emei Shan mtn (3000m). We planned on hiking straight up and than taking the long scenic route down. For convenience and being Chinese they built steps to the top and there was food all the way to the top, every few 100metres so Aoife and Kate were delighted. It was very hot and we were sweating like stack pigs, we didnt meet many people on the way up...WELL that is until we hit the 2800 metre mark and we steeped out onto a road and there was more busses than imaginable and there was a cable car up the last 200m. We trudged on through crowds of people to the top, girls in highheels dressed up to the hilt. We stuck out like sore thumps and we smelt as bad. We had spent a night at monastry half way up, in very damp beds....!!! On our way up to the monastry as we hadnt met many people we had though met Monkeys, Aoife was literally Mugged by a GIANT monkey (well to us it felt like a giant). The greedy GIANT monkey than went for Ruth who wasnt quite so willing to part with her supplies so he got a firm kick (dont mess with vets). The next monkey went for Kate but pulled her pants down in front of a giant group of chinese toursits...the whitest bum they have ever seen!!! Than on the way down the bus was too tempting for Aoife and Ruth so they hopped on thinking hot showers, dry beds and a good nights sleep.
Meanwhile.... Anna and Kate decided to take the scenic route back down we were told it was pretty spectacular. But it was two o' clock and it was definatley at least seven hours of running down. We made a dash for it, we were sweaty messes. It was absolutly breath taking though. Our major worry wasnt being caught out at the night though it was more being attacked by more monkeys (if we took the long way down we would have to take in monkey joking zone and the gaurds(little old ninja ladies with sticks that help keep the monkeys off you) would definately be gone at that stage. But we knew we could stay in any of the monastries on the way down if we were really stuck. When we were just past long life monastry we met two guys from Israel that we had met earlier that day so we continued on down with them as they were hoping to make it to the bottom aswell. Four of us fighting off the monkeys seemed more appealing and they were fresh out of the army too. It was about half eight by the time we made it back to the hostel. We had some hot showers, good food and a few beers with our new found friends.
While we were sweating our way down the mountain the Die Hards(Aoife and Ruth) were soaking up the atmosphere in Chengdu Irish Pub drinking beer watching hot irish rugby players..........tough job they said but someone had to do it.
We were up early the next morning to head back to Chengdu. Kate and Anna decided it was time for a hair cut 2.50 euro each, and you could bloody well tell afterwards (not the best).
Kate and Anna were unable to walk properly for four days afterwards, running down 3000m of steps in one day is not the brightest idea!!! (It was bloody agony).
The following day it was off to Lijiang to a few days hiking through Tiger Leaping Gorge........report to follow shortly.(Not the most pleasant flight fro poor Ruth I think quote "Im never getting on another F#$%^$%K flight without Valium again" Im sure she will fill you in.
Thanks for reading...
loads of love
Anna Aoife Kate and Ruth xxx