Wednesday 10 June 2015

Hiking and waterfall visit

After my first week of work there was a planned hiking trip up to a waterfall in the mountains outside of Zhuhai. We found the event on couchsurfing and there was quite a large group of us going - both foreigners and Chinese people. Having been out on the bar street the night before it was a bit of a struggle getting up. Me and my flat mates made our way to the bus stop where a bus was waiting to pick us up. It took around an hour and a half to get to the small village where we began our hike. On the way we got to see parts of rural China which was really fascinating, even just half an hour outside of the city there was a massive difference in people's living standards.

View of the mountain we were climbing

After a quick stop to get some food and drinks we started going up the mountain. After a rainy morning the sun finally came out, with temperatures reaching around 35 degrees. That combined with the humidity meant that it wasn't gonna be an easy task we had ahead of us.

Halfway up
An hour later we finally reached our destination. The view was amazing. We walked up a stream until we finally reached a small lake with a waterfall. Apparently barely any of the locals knew of this place and the group leader and his friends discovered it by accident. Getting into the water after an hour of walking was one of the most rewarding things I've ever done. We spent hours swimming and hiking around in the surrounding areas before finally leaving to go back home.

The waterfall
This has been one of the most amazing experiences in my life and I can't wait to see what the next 11 weeks has in store for me.

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