Li River – David and Eileen McCall – Asian Horizons China Tours

Li River– Asian Horizons China Tours Not so for all our visitors.  Most of our time in Xian was dull and gloomy and the view from our lovely hotel room made us want to draw

Li River– Asian Horizons China Tours

Not so for all our visitors.  Most of our time in Xian was dull and gloomy and the view from our lovely hotel room made us want to draw the curtains.  Here, however, our view was of the Terracotta Warriors in all their glory – they did not disappoint, neither did the pandas in an equally misty Chengdu.

It was very special to watch these endangered animals who are being protected so well.  The new-borns drew large crowds to their temperature controlled playpen, as did the juveniles playing hide-and-seek with us in the trees.  Each of these attractions was situated in pleasant, green surroundings quite recently developed.

We could not fail to see during our visit how much building construction is going on everywhere.  Many of the high-rises are interesting and imaginative, but most are not.  They are a great contrast to the shapely beauty of earlier centuries.  Yet we were constantly reminded of how tradition has influenced modern buildings. Need a visa for China, click here.

Li River– Asian Horizons China Tours

The yin of the bird’s nest contrasted with the yang of the water cube in Beijing, the lion guardians of entrances, the graceful curve contrasted with stronger straight shapes in design on roof and path, the importance of water, stone, and plants.

Hang En Cave was considered to be the largest cave in the world before the discovery of Son Doong in 2009. It has its own climate, flora, fauna, underground rivers, lake and beach. A 10km trek through the rain forest gets you there, where you stay overnight on the pristine sands of its unique beach. A delicious BBQ is served before settling down for the night.

On the next morning, breakfast is served before several hours are spent exploring the caves. After an hour or so of rest comes the trek back through the rain forest to the starting point (by far the hardest part!) before driving back to the lodge.

All camping and caving equipment, as well as food, is provided, carried and prepared by the ground staff, which is a good thing as the trek through the jungle alone is only for the fit and that’s assuming they’re carrying a small pack.

‘Fit’ is a relative term so it’s for each individual to decide if they want to experience this amazing journey. My friend and I are both in our 40’s and managed perfectly well whilst the oldest member of the group was a lady of 60.