WENZHOU, ZHEJIANG, P. R. CHINA

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`04/12
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(Huang, Jin Mei & Jia, above small lake.)
BIG DRAGON
WATERFALL
(Directional sign.)
CAVE TO THE SUN
(Small cabin built into the cliff side.)
GOLDEN BELT PEAK
(Fish in a pond.)
JING YUAN FLAT
(Sign; map of tourist area.)
LING YAN VILLAGE
(Pedicab on street.)
TAIZHOU
(China - Temple in Cliffside)
YAN DANG

(Passenger cars in train station
Early Morning Arrival at the
WENZHOU TRAIN STATION

Story and Photos by

LEE A. WOOD

Although it was not tourist season, early December, it was difficult to get seats on the train.

A seat to Wenzhou from Shanghai cost Y94.

Later in the evening we arranged, for an extra Y375, for seven of us, for beds that would come vacant in the middle of the night. The price for the beds vary, depending on whether you are on the top, bottom or in the middle.

We were only in Wenzhou, twice, for a total of 6 hours.

Wenzhou is a city, about 250 KM, South of Hang Zhou.

It has a population equal to Vancouver, B. C. Canada, About 1.5 Million.

It services a surrounding population of another 5 Million.

(Exterior of train station.)
ARRIVALS
(Exterior of train station, and hotel.)
DEPARTURES (Left)
(Right) RAILROAD STATION HOTEL

Walking out of the train station we turned to the right but found the busses there were city busses.

(Tall building.) (Tall building.)
A WANG HAN CASUAL DRESSING PLAZA

Reversing directions, to the other side of the train station, we found there were more buses. I'm not sure where they went.

Asking directions, we were told to cross the street. There we found the large bus depot with the long distant busses.

Within a few minutes we caught a bus to Taizhou.

A bus from Wenzhou to Taizhou (Dec. `04) cost us Y23 per person.

I was just talking to my Ex. It appears we actually paid Y27 per person.

After we had purchased the tickets we were given the option of taking a faster route, on toll freeways. This cost us an extra Y4.

If you go, tell them you want the cheaper route. I'll explain why later.

At Taizhou we transferred to a smaller bus which charged us Y10 for the seven of us.

The prices on these smaller busses, unlike the long distance busses, are negotiable.

Being the only white person in the group I hang back out of sight while the rest negotiate the price, this allows my family to get a lower price than if the person they are bargaining with knows there is a foreigner along.

One afternoon, we took a leisurely stroll along the road, from Yan Dang Village, past orange groves, to Taizhou.

It took us an hour.

We were too tired to walk back so we took a small bus.

When leaving, for home, we took a small bus to Taizhou where we arranged for a bus to take us to Wenzhou.

This time they asked us if we wanted to take the fast route or the slow route.

We opted for the slow route. They charged us Y25 per person.

The route back was the same as the route out, for which they had charged us an extra Y4, saying it was a faster route.

YAN DANG SHAN


(MOUNTAIN FOREST PARK)

(Map of the Yan Dang Tourist Area.

Yan Dang Mountain Forest Park is a tourist spot for everyone though it is more inclined, I say that with tongue in cheek, for people who are energetic.

To see all the sights requires a lot of climbing, steep stairs that is. However, MOST of the attractions are along, level, paved trails. If you want to loose weight, through walking, this is the place.

For those who don't want to climb there are; orange groves, majestic mountains, and picturesque markets in the nearby town of Taizhou

(Street and buildings.)

LOOKING SOUTH FROM WHERE THE BUSSES PARK
(People walking on street, busses in background.)

LOOKING SOUTH TOWARDS WHERE THE BUSSES PARK

(The following pictures were taken from a small bridge that is only a few feet West of where the busses park.)

It was a dry winter season and cloudy without rain, or sun. Therefore I was never sure which way was North.

(Dry rocky river bed lined with buildings, clothing hanging from balconies and wires.)
LOOKING NORTH, BEHIND WHERE THE BUSSES PARK, THE LOCALS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE DRY WEATHER TO HANG THEIR LAUNDRY OUT.
(Dry rocky river bed, clothing lying on the rocks.)
LOOKING SOUTH, SOME DRY THEIR LAUNDRY ON THE ROCKS OF THE STREAM BED.

Because it was not tourist season, upon alighting from the bus, in the little village of Xiang Lin Tou, we were, instantly, surrounded by tour guides.

We travel light, but still, we didn't want to pack our backpacks around with us, so, the first thing on our agenda was to find accommodations.

Ignoring the persistent tour guides, we wandered about the center of the village until we realized we were in the center of the village.

Finding a hotel wasn't difficult once we realized that nearly every building was a hotel.

The buildings are very small of footprint. That is to say, they are not very wide.

A small lobby and a set of stairs that lead to several, small, floors. Each with 3 or 4 small rooms.

By finding narrow lanes we found cheaper hotels

(street, narrow lane way between buildings.)
A NARROW LANEWAY LEADS OFF THE MAIN STREET
(Note the pedicabs at the entrance to the lane. They are directly across the street from the bus turnaround and parking area.)
(Sign on corner of building; Kangle Xiang.)
A SIGN GIVES THE NAME OF THE ALLEY

(Front of building.)
ONE BUILDING WITH TWO HOTEL LOBBIES. EACH LOBBY LEADS UP TO FIVE FLOORS WITH THREE ROOMS ON EACH FLOOR
(Part of building and upper floors.)
WE STAYED IN THE BUSINESS ON THE RIGHT TAKING ONE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR AND TWO ON THE FOURTH

We rented rooms in the Hui Yue Lou Hotel #2 Kang Le Lane.

After we were settled in our rooms we wound our way through the mob of tour guides and bus drivers that awaited us at the mouth of the alley and across the little bridge behind the bus turn-around.

(The next day, while exploring, I found that the lane our hotel was on, connected to another lane which, again, connected to another lane. Each of these lanes had at least one hotel on it.)

Crossing the little bridge we started along a road that led, West, out of town. One bus continued to follow us and the guide continued to offer rates and trips.

(buildings line a curving road.)
A SIDE STREET THAT LED TO A TOURIST SPOT WE WOULD VISIT THE NEXT DAY

After walking a ways, past small stores and some empty buildings, we reached an agreement with the guide on the small bus.

The bus took us past a couple of tourist spots, into the mountains, and up a steep, narrow, winding road.

This was an experience. When he would meet a vehicle coming down the hill, there was barely room for the two vehicles to be side by side.

It was particularly hair-raising when we would meet them in a very tight corner, of which there are several, as well as some hair-pin turns.

GOLDEN BELT PEAK

(Rock sign on the cliff side.)
(The sign reads) THE PEAK RISES UP TO 350M, IS DECORATED BY A GOLD YELLOW BELT- -THE HORIZONTAL RHYOLITE LAYER ALONG WHICH A PLANK ROAD WAS DUG. STROLLING ON THE PLANK ROAD, ONE CAN SEE THE SHEER CLIFFS UP AND DOWN, TAKE A DISTANT VIEW OF SCREEN-LIKE PEAKS BRINGING ONE HIGHER THAN ANOTHER, AND WATCH THE MISTY AND MYSTERIOUS SCROLL OR LANDSCAPE PAINTING. THE PLANK ROAD BECAME A GEOLOGIC SECTION, WHICH EXPOSES THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TUFFS AND RHYOLITE

From where the bus dropped us, there was a long set of stairs. My wife, afraid of heights did not join us.

(People climbing stairs up a cliff side.)

The following pictures were taken from the top of the stairs, along the old plank road.

(Building on edge of cliff.)
SNACKS, SOUVENIRS, THE TOP OF THE STAIRS AND THE START OF THE ROAD.
(Valley scene.)
LOOKING DOWN FROM THE TOP OF THE STAIRS, WEST, WHERE WE WOULD GO AFTER WE GOT BACK DOWN TO THE ROAD. YOU CAN SEE THE ENTRANCE TO THE TUNNEL THAT THE ROAD WILL ENTER TO GO THROUGH THE MOUNTAIN. NOTE THE TWO CABLES: ONE COULD TAKE A CHAIR LIFT AND AVOID THE HARROWING DRIVE UP THE HILL.
(Sign on rock FANG DONG Plank Road.)
FANG DONG PLLANK ROAD
(Cliffs, people on railed stairs along the road.)
( Cliffs, a railed balcony along the road, in center of cliff.)
(Close up of balcony.)
( Doorway built into cliff.)
ENTRANCE TO A TEMPLE
(Sign, pointing into temple, SQUARE CAVE.)
(Stairs inside Square Cave leading to temple entrance.)
(Putas on the cave wall inside the temple.)
( Small bridge along the road.)
( Railinged road goes under large overhang)
(Sign pointing up, The Turned Over Bell.)
(A bell shaped cut in the rock above.)
(View of a small cabin built into the cliffside, the road runs through the cabin.)
(Close up of the cabin. A sign on the cabin,  The Lion Cave.)
The sign reads; THE LION CAVE.
(The road goes into a tunnel.)
(Inside the tunnel the road is lit by a large hole in the side of the tunnel.)
(Inside the tunnel the road, lit by a large hole in the side of the tunnel, winds down around a sharp corner.)
(Cliffs, a railed balcony along the road, outside the tunnel, people looking down on houses in the bottom of the valley.)
(Stairs go, down, through a hole.)
ENTRANCE TO A RESTAURANT.
(A restaurant inside a cave.)
A RESTAURANT INSIDE A CAVE

(Putas inside the cave.)
A TEMPLE BESIDE THE RESTAURANT

(Sign; The Side View Of The Turned Over Peacocks.)
(Cliffs, a railed balcony along the road.)
(Sign; The Camel Peak, The Elephant Peak.)
(Cliffs, looks like an elephant°s head.)
(Large gash in the cliffs.)
(Sign; The Happy Immortal°s Attic.)
(Cliffs.)
(Sign; The Jade Screen Peak.)
(Tall cliffs with buildings on top.)
WE TRIED TO GET TO THESE BUILDINGS BUT COULDN°T.
(Cliffs, a railed balcony along the road, view from a reverse cliff.)

(Road becomes a suspended bridge between two cliffs.)
( Tall cliffs with buildings on top, close up of.)
THE ROAD WAS BLOCKED BY A GATE AT THE END OF THE BRIDGE

(Looking back across the bridge)
HEADING BACK

Having safely descended to the base of golden belt peak the bus took us further west, to the end of the canyon, and into a tunnel, through the mountain.

After coming back through the tunnel and down the canyon towards Xiang Lin Tou we stopped at another tourist attraction that required much walking, but was well worth it, despite the fact that the waterfall was a mere trickle rather than a cascade, because of the dry seasonal weather.

BIG DRAGON WATERFALL SCENIC AREA

(Sign on log wall.)
(The sign reads) THE BIG DRAGON WATERFALL AT THE UPPER REACH OF THE JINXI CREEK IS ONE OF THE MARKER SCENERIES IN THE YANDANGSHAN. THE SCENIC AREA, CENTERED ON JINXI CREEK AS ITS AXIS, IS CONSIDERED AS THE BEST SITE TO OBSERVE THE CRETACEOUS EFFUSIVE RHYOLITE AND GLOBULAR RHYOLITE FORMED 121 MA AGO. PASSING THROUGH SADDLE RIDGE, HIKING ALONG JINXI CREEK ONE WILL REACH SCISSORS PEAK, BIG DRAGON WATERFALL AND LIANYUN SCREEN-LIKE PEAK. CLOUDY PEAK AND THOUSAND BUDDHAS SCREEN-LIKE PEAK ARE LOCATED TO THE EAST OF THE PEAK. PASSING BY THE THOUSAND BUDDHAS PEAK ONE CAN GET TO BIG DRAGON WATERFALL, WHERE TO TRACE FOOTPRINTS OF XU XIAKE. BIG DRAGON WATERFALL IS FAMOUS FOR ITS DROPPING WATERFALLS, GIANT SCREEN-LIKE PEAKS AND CLEAR POOLS.

(Creek and buildings at entrance to canyon.)
(Sunlit cliffs behind buildings and creek.)
(Sign on rock Thousand Buddhas Peak.)
(Sunlit cliffs behind buildings and balloon.)
ONE CAN RIDE BENEATH A BALLOON, OVER THE CLIFFS.
(Sign on log wall.)
(The sign reads) ON ENTERING THE AREA ALONG JINXI CREEK, ONE CAN SEE A SHEER ROCKY PEAK, RISING UP FROM GROUND. THE PEAK SPLIT ON TOP, LOOKS LIKE SCISSORS POINTING TO THE BLUE SKY, AND SO CALLED SCISSORS PEAK. QIAN BINWANG OF THE QING DYNASTY SAID ¿THERE ARE ONE HUNDRED TWENTY PEAKS DIFFERENT IN FORM AND NAME, OF THEM THIS MARVELLOUS PEAK ITSELF CHANGES SHAPE ENDLESSLY.î THE PEAK SEEMS TO BE AN EXAMPLE, WHERE ONE CAN EXPERIENCE THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE WITH HIKING FORWARD. AS STEPPING TOWARDS THE BIG DRAGON WATERFALL, THE ¿SCISSORSî CHANGE INTO ¿WOODPECKERî, ¿BEARî, ¿MASTî ´SAILî IN SEQUENCE. THE SAME PEAK IS NAMED IN DIFFERENT WAYS. SCISSORS PEAK IS CONSTRUCTED BY VOLCANIC EFFUSIVE RHYOLITE, WHICH HAD BEEN CUT BY FAULTS, PARTLY COLLAPSED, THE SOLITUDE PEAK FORMED. SPLIT BY FRACTURES, THE PEAK SHOWING DIFFERENT SHAPES TO DIFFERENT ANGLES OF VIEW, HAS HIGH VALUE FOR VIEWING.
(Sign on rock - Scissors Peak.)
(Scissors shaped rock.)
SCISSORS PEAK
(Sign on rock - Woodpecker Peak.)
(Woodpecker shaped rock.)
WOODPECKER PEAK
(Sign on rock - Mast Peak.)
(Mast shaped rock.)
MAST PEAK
(Sign on log wall.)
(The sign reads) AT THE POINT OF VIEWING ON JINXI CREEK, A TOUR CONDUCTOR WOULD LET YOU SEE THE FIGURE OF "THE FOX THAT BORROWS THE TIGER'S TERROR" AND "GOD'S LETTER". THE LATER CAN BE SEEN FAINTLY, AS A CHINESE CHARACTER. IN FACT THERE'S SOME GEOLOGICAL IMPORTANCE. IN RHYOLITE OF OTHER PLACES, THE FLOW STRUCTURE USED TO BE SUBHORIZONTAL, HOWEVER, HERE THE FINE FLOW VEINS ARE VERTICAL OR ARC-LIKE. THE PHENOMENON APPLIES THAT HERE THE LAVA WAS SQUEEZED OUT FROM EARTH; WHEN IT HAD SOLIDIFIED, A LAVA DOME FORMED. THE DOME WAS SUBJECT TO EROSION, AND THE RIGHT HALF LEFT. TO CERTAIN EXTENT, THE RHYOLITE, COMPOSING THE WATERFALL'S WALL, SPILLED FROM THE CONDUIT IMPLIED BY THE DOME HERE ONE HUNDRED TWENTY SEVEN MILLION YEARS AGO.
(Dome shaped rock.)
RHYOLITE DOME.
(Lee shaped rock.)
BEAR PEAK.
(Paved trail through trees.)
(Bridge over creek below cliff.)

BIG DRAGON WATERFALL

(Sign on log wall.)
(The sign reads) XU XIAKE (1587 - 1641) IS A FAMOUS TRAVELER OF THE MING DYNASTY. HE TRAVELED YANDANGSHAN THREE TIMES MAKING INVESTIGATION AND WROTE TWO TRAVEL NOTES, WHICH THOUGHT TO BE REMARKABLE ESSAYS ON YANDNGSHAN'S LAND FORM. "SPIRES AND OVERLAPPED PEAKS, GROTESQUE AND FANTASTIC IN SHAPE, THE REAL WONDER IN THE WORLD" HE DESCRIBED THE YANDANGSHAN'S LANDFORM WITH HIS OWN ??? OF WRITING. AFTER HE MADE AN INVESTIGATION OF THE SOURCE OF BIG DRAGON FALL, XU XIAKE CAME TO A CONCLUSION, THAT WATER OF BIG DRAGON FALL IS NOT RELATED WILD GOOSE LAKE, IN CONSEQUENCE, THE ERROR ON WATER SOURCE IN HIS HISTORIC RECORDS WAS CORRECTED.

(Cliffs and huge water fall with very little water.)
ONE MUST USE ONE'S IMAGINATION TO ENJOY THE SPLENDOUR OF THE FALLS DURING THE DRY SEASON.
(Cliffs, people and lake at the bottom.)
ALTHOUGH THE WATER LEVEL WAS VERY LOW SOME PEOPLE DID VENTURE FOURTH ON THE BAMBOO RAFTS.
(Top of cliffs and top of falls.)
(Cliffs and lake at bottom of falls.)
(Huang Jin Mei, Huang Bin, & Huang Jin Xian sit in front of the lake.)
3 SISTERS.
(Huang Jia, Huang Jin Mei, Sun Jing, Huang Yi Ming, Huang Bin, & Huang Jin Xian sit in front of the lake.)
(L to R) HUANG JIA, HUANG JIN MEI, SUN JING, HUANG YI MING, HUANG BIN, & HUANG JIN XIAN
(Huang Bin and Huang Jin Mei lean on a large rock in front of the lake.)
MY EX-WIFE AND MY WIFE
(Huang Jia and Huang Jin Mei and Lee lean on a large rock in front of the lake.)
SON AND MOTHER

(Huang Jin Mei and Lee stand before a gazebo among trees above lake.)
HUANG JIN MEI AND BEAR IN FRONT OF A GAZEBO ON A CLIFF ABOVE THE LAKE.

(Huang Jin Mei sits and Lee kneels above lake.)
MY WIFE AND I
(Huang Jia and Huang Jin Mei sit above lake.)
SON AND MOTHER

One last stop before we went back to town for supper.

SPIRITUAL ROCKS (LINGYAN) SCENIC AREA

(Rock sign on the cliff side.)
(The sign reads) THE SCENIC AREA IS KNOWN AS YANGDANGSHAN, THE CLASSICAL SITE TO STUDY RHYOLITE LANDSCAPE: OVERLAPPED PEAKS AND GROTESQUE CAVES CREATED BY NATURE. PASSING BY THE BELL AND DRUM ROCKS, ONE CAN GET INTO ANCHAN VALLEY WITH ANCIENT TREES AND SHEER CLIFFS ALONGSIDE. THERE ARE BOTH MAGNIFICENT FIGURES AND MINIATURE VIEWS. THE LINGYAN TEMPLE IS BACKED WITH THE PINGXIA SCREEN-LIKE PEAK. THE SMALL DRAGON WATERFALL, HEAVENLY COLUMN PEAK YANGTIAN LAKE AND SQUARE CAVE ARE LOCATED TO THE WEST. IF ASCENDING TO THE EAST, ONE CAN SEE TIANGONG CAVE, LONGBI CAVE, XIAKE°S PAVILION AND LIANHUA CAVE, AND CAN ALSO EXPLORE AND VIEW SCENE FAR AWAY.

(Small building bordered by trees with tall cliff in background.)
STREET TO THE ENTRANCE
(People arriving at gateway.)
ENTRANCE GATE
(Chinese characters carved into a rock.)
(Stone road winding through trees.)
(Statue near bottom of cliff.)
(Close up of statue with large drum to one side.)
(Chinese characters carved into a rock to look like the open pages of a book.)
(People in front of a large hanging drum. One person is banking on it with a club.)
(Large bell hanging from a stand.  A girl covers her ears while a boy swings a large log to strike the side of the bell.)
(Slate sign glued to side of rock.)
(Slate sign glued to side of rock.)
THE SCENE LOOKS LIKE FIGURES OF GATHERING FROGS. VOLCANIC EFFUSIVE RHYOLITE LAYERS DATED 121 MA ARE OVERLAPPED BY WELDED TUFF OF EXPLOSIVE FACIES. ROCKS CHARACTERIZED BY COMPLICATED STRUCTURE ARE EASY TO FORM FIGURATIVE AND GROTESQUE FORMS AFTER EROSION.

I was too tired to go all the way and when I ran out of film I used that as an excuse to turn back and join the ladies who had remained at the bus, leaving the younger members of our group to carry on.

Back in town we had supper.

(Yi Ming, and wife, sitting at a table in a restaurant.)
HUANG YI MING AND HIS NEW BRIDE ENJOY A TASTY MEAL

After supper we walked North of our hotel and found a tourist spot. It was within a five minute walk of the hotels and looked very interesting but we never went to it.

(Looking along a riverbank between houses.)
FROM THE LITTLE BRIDGE IT LOOKS LIKE JUST A CLIFFSIDE, BUT IS ACTUALLY A TOURIST ATTRACTION.
(Bridges over water.)
FROM THE NORTH SIDE OF THE SHOPPING DISTRICT IT LIES BEHIND A SMALL RESIDENTIAL SECTION.

On out second morning we walked back across the little bridge and up the valley to the place we had seen the day before.

To reach the Jing Yuan Tourist Area you follow a winding street between a few houses and reach a gate that will give access to Jing Yuan Flat (scenic Area) and the Jing Yuan Holiday Village.

THE CAVE TO THE SUN AND THE GATE TO HEAVEN

(Cliffs above buildings.)
THE SIGN, ON THE LEFT OF THE PICTURE, SAYS,
THE BUILDING AT THE BOTTOM IS A HOTEL.

These pictures were taken within a two minute walk of our hotel. OK, five, but we were walking slow.

(Cliffs, zoomed in.)
(Cliffs, zoomed in.)
(Cliffs, more zoomed in.)
NOTE THE RAILING ON THE BALCONY LIKE OUT-CROP.
(Cliffs, more zoomed in.)
THIS RAILING LOOKS THE SAME BUT IS SOUTH OF THE OTHER ONE.

CHAOYANG PEAK OR SCREEN-LIKE PEAK.
(NORTH OF THE GATE TO HEAVEN)

(Sign on rock.)
SIGN MOUNTED ON ROCK
The sign reads: THE PEAK, 100 METERS HIGH, EXTENDS MORE THAN 400 METERS. IT FACES EAST AND LOOKS LIKE A SCREEN, THUS CALLED "SCREEN LIKE PEAK". CHAOYANG SCREEN-LIKE PEAK IS CONSTRUCTED WITH REPEATEDLY ERUPTED RHYOLITE OF SECOND STAGE YANDANG VOLCANISM WHICH CUT BY FAULTING AND REWORKED INTO THE SCREEN-LIKE PEAKS BY WEATHERING. THE LOWER PART OF RHYOLITE CONTAINS BRECCIAS AND SPHERULES EASY TO ERODE OUT AND FORM CAVES.

(Cliffs, zoomed in.)
BECAUSE IT LOOKS LIKE A MOVIE SCREEN.

On our second afternoon in Xiang Lin Tou, we took a leisurely stroll along the road, from Yan Dang Village, past orange groves, to Taizhou. It took us an hour.

JING YUAN HOLIDAY VILLAGE
IN JINGYUAN SCENIC AREA

(Sign on the side of road è The Forest Park in YanDang Mountain.)

A short walk up a winding residential road will take you to the entrance.

(Wooden gateway with streamers, mountain rock in background.)
(Large rock towers over a second gateway.)
(Gatehouse with tall radio antenna beneath towering cliff.)
(Looking through gate at buildings.)
(People at ticket booth.)
(First attraction, ride a cable over a pond.)
(Tall cliff.)
DIFFICULT TO SEE BUY THERE IS A ROPE LADDER UP THE FACE OF THE CLIFF.
(People on rock bridge over creek with tall mountain in background.)
(Close up of Jin Mei on bridge.)
HUANG JIN MEI
(Metal staircase up side of cliff.)
FROM THE LANDING A CABLE RUNS ACROSS THE VALLEY, YOU CAN RIDE ON THE CABLE
(Cliff side.)
(Huang Jin Mei sits on a bench, near a pond in a cave like hollow at the base of the cliff.)
(People, outside, looking at pond.)
( People, outside, looking at pond. From other end of pond.)
(Fish in pond.)
(Huang Jia stand beside a stalagmite behind pond inside cavern.)
(People start up a long, winding, flight of stairs made from slabs of rock.)
THESE STAIRS WERE ALL CARVED BY HAND.
(More stairs.)
THERE ARE LITERALLY THOUSANDS OF THEM.
(People sitting on stairs in narrow canyon.)
THESE PEOPLE ARE SITTING ON STAIRS, A LONG WAY FROM THE BOTTOM. ALSO A LONG WAY FROM THE TOP.
(Stairs wind up a narrow chimney.)
A SIDE TRAIL.
(Cliffs, a tall mast of rock.)
(The mast from a different angle.)
(Openings in the cliff side.)
THIS PICTURE IS BELOW THE PICTURE ABOVE
YOU CAN TAKE THAT BOTH WAYS
(Canyon walls form a narrow valley.)
THIS PICTURE IS TO THE RIGHT OF THE PICTURE TO THE LEFT
AGAIN, YOU CAN TAKE THAT BOTH WAYS
(Huang Jin Xian sits on a dry waterfall.)
HUANG JIN XIAN SITS ON A DRY WATERFALL. THE STAIRS END TO THE RIGHT BUT THE TRAIL CONTINUES AS ROUGHLY HEWN STAIRS IN THE ROCK WALL. I BELIEVE IF ONE STAYED ON THE TRAIL YOU WOULD COME OUT ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN AT THE BIG WATERFALL
(Cliffs.)
(A pond near the base of  the cliff.)
(A wooden sign in Chinese.)
( A rock sign in Chinese.)
(Looking down on the village.)
LOOKING DOWN ON THE VILLAGE.
(Stairways and sculptures inside the village.)
(An eagle carved from driftwood.)
AN EAGLE CARVED FROM DRIFTWOOD.
(Cliffs.)
(Metal railings going up the side of a cliff.)
(Metal railings going up the side of a cliff.)
(A metal cable going up the side of a cliff.)
IF YOU LIKE CLIMBING, HERE°S YOUR CHANCE
(Huang Jin Mei and Huang Jin Xian exit a maze made with walls of wooden poles.)
HUANG JIN MEI AND HUANG JIN XIAN EXIT A MAZE.
( Rusty old pulleys, winches, and cables on metal stands amongst the trees.)
GO BACK A FEW PICTURES TO THE STAIRWAY GOING UP TO A LANDING FROM WHICH YOU COULD RIDE ACROSS THE VALLEY ON A CABLE SYSTEM. THIS IS THE SYSTEM.

On our second afternoon in Xiang Lin Tou, we took a leisurely stroll along the road, from Yan Dang Village, past orange groves, to Taizhou. It took us an hour.

TAIZHOU

(Entrance to a temple.)

(Street with stores and markets.)
THE MAIN STREET IN THE SHOPPING DISTRICT.
(Street with stores and markets.)
A CROSS STREET FROM THE MAIN STREET.
(Street with stores and markets.)
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CROSS STREET.
(Street with stores and markets.)
ANOTHER SIDE STREET.

We were too tired to walk back so we took a small bus.

After supper we took a stroll along an unlit street, past the Cave To The Sun, to another tourist attraction but it was off season and closed in the evening.

We then walked back.

It was a pleasant evening but a bit dangerous as the road was narrow and the cars, though few, whizzed by.

On our third morning we caught the bus back to Taizhou where we boarded the larger bus to Wenzhou where we went shopping in the rain before catching the over-night train to Shanghai.

All in all a very enjoyable experience. I would have liked to stay for a couple of days more and explore more of the sights but our trip was limited due to other commitments and the availability of train tickets during the Xmas season. A week stay during a period when the creeks ware full would make for a much nicer trip, especially to get the grandeur of the waterfalls.

BACK TO WENZHOU

When leaving, for home, we took a small bus to Taizhou where we arranged for a bus to take us to Wenzhou. This time they asked us if we wanted to take the fast route or the slow route. We opted for the slow route. They charged us Y25 per person.

(Sign outside bus depot.)
SIGN OUTSIDE TAIZHOU BUS DEPOT
(Map of area, intside bus depot.)
MAP INSIDE TAIZHOU BUS DEPOT

Coming back, on the slow route, we were on the same toll ways as going out on the fast route.

(Sights outside the bus, along the freeway.)
FIELDS AND TERRACED HILLSIDES
(Sights outside the bus, along the freeway.)
THE TOLL WAY PASSES THROUGH FARM COUNTRY
(Jin Mei stares straight ahead.)
MY WIFE TRIES TO IGNORE MY CAMERA
(A field of greenhouses within a harvested field of wheat.)
A FIELD OF GREENHOUSES WITHIN A HARVESTED FIELD OF WHEAT

Opting for the fast route is just a waste of money as they use the same road.

(Sights outside the bus, along the freeway.)
FIELDS AND TERRACED HILLSIDES
(Bridges over water.)
THE WATER LEVEL IS VERY LOW AT THIS TIME OF YEAR

Arriving in Wenzhou we turned right, as we came out of the bus depot, walked a few feet, to the intersection, and crossed the street.

Once across the street we could have turned left and walked a block to the train station but, as we had several hours to kill before our train, and it was raining, we opted to go round-a-round in the many stores.

Between the intersection and the train station is two large buildings. The first one is lined with shops selling shoes and jackets.

Wenzhou is the shoe manufacturing capital of the world. It is also famous for manufacturing sex toys.

The second building is actually part of the base of the Railroad Hotel. In this part you will find many shops of clothing. The second floor is a market of stalls selling teenage clothing.

Between the two buildings is a lane that will take you to a small courtyard.

On the other side of the court yard are two more buildings. The one on the left is actually a second base for the hotel, separated from the first by a lane way. The lane way will take you through to the train station.

In the middle of this second base is a large open space surrounded by shops selling men's wear. Above this is a floor selling ladies' wear and above that is a floor of children's wear.

An overhead walkway connects this section of building to the building on the other side of the lane. The second floor of this building is a market of ladies under garments.

The main floor of this section has shops along the lane and restaurants along the front, facing the courtyard.

(Small courtyard and outside building with restaurants.)
CHAOXIA TOWER

HUZHUCUN RESTAURANT

The furthest restaurant is done in a tropical, almost Japanese, motif and is called `Huzhucun'.

(Waitresses prepare our meal.)
WAITRESSES PREPARE OUR MEAL
(Our group sitting at a table in the interior of restaurant.)
JIN MEI SMILES FOR THE CAMERA

The food you order is served raw, on little dishes, a large bowl of very hot broth is brought and the waitress puts your food into the broth. The meal, much like Vietnamese `beef, with noodle, in soup' is eaten with chop stick and a small, long handled, wooden, spoon.

It was very delicious and only Y16 per person.

Just what the doctor ordered on a chilly, windy, rainy, day.

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(Interior of entrance to train station.)
ENTRANCE FOYER AND ESCALATORS TO DEPARTURE WAITING ROOMS

On the trip out the family learned a hard lesson.

When I suggested we get sleepers they said it was too expensive.

By the middle of the night they were realizing how hard it is to stay awake all night. (I do it 2 or 3 times a week, driving half way across the province so grocery stores will have fresh fruits and vegetables for their customers, first thing in the morning.)

I finally got through to them that when we got there, if we stayed up all night, we would be too tired to make like tourists. (At work I spend the day in a sleeper, before I drive back home.)

When we arrived in Wenzhou we booked our return tickets. We actually wanted to stay an extra day or two but, because it was the weekend, tickets were scarce. We were lucky to get Friday night.

On the way out, because we bought the beds on the train, we were scattered over three cars.

On the return trip, Yi Ming, and his wife, had the top two bunks in one compartment and, further down the car, the rest of us had 5 bunks.

I had a bottom bunk, Y181, and a lady from Shanghai had the one across from me.

My wife slept above me, slightly cheaper, and her eldest sister across from her, in the middle bunks.

My step son slept above my wife, the top bunks are the cheapest price, and his other aunt, my Ex-wife, slept across from him.

This trip was a honeymoon for Yi Ming, and his new bride. Nine months earlier, this year, they had accompanied Jin Mei, and I, on our honeymoon.

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