A Travellerspoint blog

September 2013

The crazy cable car adventure

I had to work Monday afternoon so I had two days less vacation in a row than everyone else. On Tuesday morning, Joe and I tried to buy tickets to Wulingyuan, the place where they filmed avatar and a UNESCO heritage site. However, the earliest bus was leaving that night at 6:30. We had to wait. This is china at holiday time. It only got worse from here. We arrived in what we thought was the "village" at around 11. We got a hotel, some delicious street food and thought we'd figure it all out tomorrow.<br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px; line-height: normal;">In the morning it didn't turn out that way. We walked around aimlessly for at least an hour before figuring out we were in the "city" and the village was an hour away, in a minibus we'd have to probably trample children and old people to get on. So, we stayed in the city and took the nearest cable car up the mountain. After three hours of waiting in a gigantic line, and getting trampled a few times ourselves, we finally made it up the mountain. It was epic. The cable car deposited us at the very top of everything and we ambled around on various boardwalks and platforms. Joe kinda freaked out the whole time but it was fun to watch him and his acrophobia. Starving and ready to get down the mountain, we took an insanely long escalator halfway down. Then a bus brought us to another cable car where there was another long wait. Maybe two more hours? I forget. We were snapping at each other the whole time. We finally got back down and went to the same street food vendor and drank the same beer we had the night before. Where I proceeded to cry over nothing right on the tiny stool and picnic table on the street. Oh dear.

Me and Joe on the way down

Me and Joe on the way down


This is just the line to buy a ticket

This is just the line to buy a ticket


This is only part of the cable car line

This is only part of the cable car line


Line

Line


Finally on the cable car

Finally on the cable car


Cable car

Cable car


Cable car

Cable car


Cable car

Cable car


Cable car

Cable car


Cable car

Cable car


Wulingyuan

Wulingyuan


Wulingyuan

Wulingyuan


Wulingyuan

Wulingyuan


Wulingyuan

Wulingyuan


Wulingyuan

Wulingyuan


Wulingyuan

Wulingyuan


Wulingyuan

Wulingyuan


Wulingyuan

Wulingyuan


Wulingyuan

Wulingyuan


Wulingyuan

Wulingyuan


Wulingyuan

Wulingyuan


Wulingyuan

Wulingyuan


Wulingyuan

Wulingyuan


Wulingyuan

Wulingyuan


Wulingyuan

Wulingyuan


Wulingyuan

Wulingyuan


Wulingyuan

Wulingyuan


Wulingyuan

Wulingyuan


Wulingyuan

Wulingyuan


Escalator

Escalator


Wulingyuan

Wulingyuan


Wulingyuan

Wulingyuan


Wulingyuan

Wulingyuan


Wulingyuan

Wulingyuan


Wulingyuan

Wulingyuan

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Someone&#39;s wedding I don&#39;t even know

A lady on Facebook said we would get to go to a wedding if we would greet the guests in English as they arrived. When we got there, they didn't actually want us to do anything. So we just ate food, watched the wedding and then went home.

Our table

Our table


Me at wedding

Me at wedding


Emcee guy

Emcee guy


Groom brings the flowers

Groom brings the flowers


They are married now

They are married now

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Skiing inside?

I went with May and her friends skiing inside a big warehouse about an hour from Changsha. I have never before seen so many terrible skiers in my life! At the end of the night though, most people got a lot better.

We went with a bunch of May's childhood friends and their families. We had dinner and played cards because we got there pretty early.

Me and Ranald in the car

Me and Ranald in the car


May texting while driving

May texting while driving


The warehouse

The warehouse


Kids in hammocks

Kids in hammocks


Dinner

Dinner


Me vs. pig ears

Me vs. pig ears


Chandelier in the ski warehouse

Chandelier in the ski warehouse


Ranald speaks Chinese

Ranald speaks Chinese


Me vs. skis

Me vs. skis


This is the escalator up the hill

This is the escalator up the hill


Me in the snow

Me in the snow


Ranald on the escalator

Ranald on the escalator


Top of the hill

Top of the hill


Playing some cards

Playing some cards


Me and I can&#38;#39;t remember his name

Me and I can&#38;#39;t remember his name


Me May and Ranald

Me May and Ranald


Everyone at dinner

Everyone at dinner


Everyone but me.... haha

Everyone but me.... haha


More cards

More cards


Teaching Canadian cards

Teaching Canadian cards

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My birthday!

Once again, my birthday was anti-climactic. Every year, I seem to start my new life at around my birthday time. So, every year I don't know anybody and I never have a party, per-se. This time, a nice man Logan tried to make one for me, but I knew it wouldn't work out because that's just how things go. We had a good time, and I had my own party in my brain I guess.

A nice lady, May took me to a concert last weekend and bought me a Minnie Mouse bow that lights up and flashes red and blue. I wore that around Martyr's Park while drinking baijiu with orange and strawberry juice and watching people dance.

A little baby was really interested in my light up bow, so I gave it to him and now I don't have it anymore. This is the last existing photo of my Minnie bow.

We had some noodles

We had some noodles

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I saw all the things

I have three day weekends every week and I'm really excited about that. However, my passport is currently being scrutinized by the police department, so I can't travel anywhere until I get it back.

You all know that I can't stay in one place for long, so my Friday consisted of me riding my bike around and seeing the sights.

My first stop was supposed to be the Hunan provincial museum, which is huge and has lots of old things in it. I found out they are doing renovations and it will be closed until 2015. So, my second choice was the Changsha city museum, which happened to have a British art exhibit, and it was actually really good.

I took my bike to the next stop, Mao's teachers' college. It was also under renovations. Kids all around were dressed in fatigues, because they were doing military training instead of starting school. Everyone from grade 7 up does this, apparently.

There is a nice mountain park across the river, so I biked over and visited the Yuelu academy, a 1500 year old university. It's still there, but now it's called Hunan University and it's bigger and located at the bottom of the hill. I meandered around, pretending that I was a 5th century scholar in ancient China. What would that have been like? Probably smelly.

After that, I hiked up the rest of the mountain and had a mango popsicle for my reward. The haze was bad today and it was really hot, so the mango popsicle was extra delicious and there weren't any really nice views at the top. I tried to get some nice photos, but it didn't really work out.

Friday night is Diner's Club night, so after going home and showering, we had our second meeting. We had six people already, so I think that's a good sign for the upcoming weeks!

Stairs to the top of Yuelu Mountain

Stairs to the top of Yuelu Mountain


First trip on the bus!

First trip on the bus!


One of the buildings I teach at

One of the buildings I teach at


Me vs. Mao

Me vs. Mao


Mao

Mao


Famous red tiles

Famous red tiles


Art exhibit

Art exhibit


Communist party origins

Communist party origins


CPC Hunan Committee house

CPC Hunan Committee house


CPC Hunan Committee house

CPC Hunan Committee house


CPC Hunan Committee house

CPC Hunan Committee house


Hunan No 1 Teachers&#38;#39; Training School

Hunan No 1 Teachers&#38;#39; Training School


Yuelu Academy

Yuelu Academy


Yuelu Academy

Yuelu Academy


Yuelu Academy

Yuelu Academy


Yuelu Academy

Yuelu Academy


Yuelu Academy

Yuelu Academy


Yuelu Academy

Yuelu Academy


Yuelu Academy

Yuelu Academy


Yuelu Academy

Yuelu Academy


Tomb

Tomb


Yuelu mountain tomb

Yuelu mountain tomb


Trees on Yuelu mountain

Trees on Yuelu mountain


At the top

At the top


Hazy view

Hazy view

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