Sichuan: Huang Long

The second day, we got up early, had a full buffet breakfast at the hotel, and then set out at about 7.30.  It was about a 2hour drive to Huang Long.  I fell asleep, and when I woke up, I was greeted with this stunning view.  We were the ONLY car on the highway!!!  The highway was BEAUTIFULLY made – very smooth and railings throughout the ENTIRE highway.  In some areas, they even tried to make the railings like mini Great-Wall!   It was very impressive.  It reminded me of the Gross Lockner highway we took from Austria to cross to Italy – we had to pay for a toll for that AND it had no railings!   The sky was a clear blue and it did not feel like “China” at all, (from my ignorant view of China).  The country is soo vast, so beautiful!

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Our drive couldn’t speak any Chinese.  But when we asked him to help us to take a picture, he said : Ba Ge POSE!  (give a pose!) Hilarious!

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Alas, all the little ponds were FROZEN.
But it was s till a lovely hike up the mountain.  They had built a wooden stairway path, so safe.
There were even video cameras EVERYwhere and guards were actually blasting through the speaker if someone was being naughty!

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A FROZEN Waterfall!!! Never thought I would see something so STUNNING!

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OF COURSE, Tom FREAKED me out by climbing over the fence and going to TOUCH that waterfall.
”can’t u see all the footprints from this morning” was his defense!

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Is this what Scandinavia looks like?

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And those mini clouds coming from a chimney!?
Thanks SO much to our dear new friends for capturing these precious pics for us!

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And then we had a mini-portrait session for these cute love-birds.
Perhaps someday we’ll meet again.  Super duper laid back and chill people.  So young, yet so mature! We got SO lucky!
I actually felt sad when we had to part in ChengDU!

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Aren’t they too cute!?

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