Lingering Garden – David and Eileen McCall – Asian Horizons China Tour
We will not forget either the rest of our visit to the south. Tramping over rugged paths in hot, humidity along the rice terraces was challenging, but rewarding. Cool beer and delicious sweet and sour pork, eaten whilst taking in the view restored our spirits for the descent. Some tourists elected to descend by sedan chair, carried by sturdy sherpa-like locals, but although tempted you can’t see the views when reclining!! Our trip on the Li river amongst the karst mountains was stunning- our cameras were in overdrive – amazing. Next day we climbed 511 steps to see the view from above – now WE were amazing or mad! After lunch we descended into the Reed Flute caves – yet more steps. Steps seemed to be a feature of our holiday. We learned the significance of nine when climbing the steps of the Temple of Heaven. We lost count of how many steps there were in the Forbidden City – not to mention the thresholds, where you mustn’t step. We climbed the steps of bell towers and temples, we climbed to see wonderful stone carvings and Buddhas, and what goes up…… The Great Wall is hard to describe to those who have only seen the photographs. Not only do the steps go up and down – they slant as well, rather like a rollercoaster on foot: we were lucky to be there in cloudless blue skies.