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China: Zhangjiajie I: The Land of Avatar and Steps

Published: 30.11.2013
Our first impressions of the Zhangjiajie National Park were not positive from the first moments we were there. Positive impressions, however, were not following. At the entrance we met a woman who insisted on offering us an amazing hotel accommodation in the park at a price that we even had to haggle areas not favored by tourists.

Čang-ťia-ťie I forgot to mention, however, of the charges for lifts and cable cars in the park, to offset the total cost to stratosphere. Our question, if you can walk to the hotel on foot, amused us. They want to WALK! At that moment she understood that we are not suitable prey, growling as we left it to our fate.

The major problem in Zhangjiajie was the food. Nowhere in China we ate food that we liked (except for statistical exceptions). But here we succeeded. Even foods that should be proven, tasted good. Actually tasted nothing. In order to lift the mood, we decided to go to the park a little walk. Ha-ha ...

Admission costs 320 RMB for three days. We triumphantly uhádali half the student admission to our expired ISIC card and entered the park. Asphalt, asphalt, concrete, and buses. Of course, first you have to drive at least half an hour by bus to get to the cable car that takes you up. Long live the protection of the environment. We have surrendered, we did not want to climb up the asphalt road and take the chance that we collide with, avoiding awkward buses. But as soon as it was possible, we stepped off the bus and went into the jungle adventure.

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Čang-ťia-ťieOne step at a time. Hot. Spiders and other unknown creatures around us. Hot. Forest. Hot. As a reward after an incredibly long hike up we could see a view of the famous one “Avatar” landscape. And it was beautiful. Maybe even more beautiful that we climbed up behindus. During the whole trip we met only two similar "crazy" foreigners. All Chinese were long at the top, whooped and gave a clear indication that our peace ended. Step after step, we then started down the typical crowd of Chinese tourists. Sometimes I grumpily responded to their amusement "Heyyy, foreigners!" And continued checking their shivering knees.

An escapade lifted our mood when we silently got ahead of the queue of about a hundred Chinese, waiting for the bus towards the exit gate. Funny how one likes these small bad deeds... Anyway, that day we were convinced that no one ever would see us in Zhangjiajie. Of course, we could the next morning (anyway, we were not able to leave for the train tickets), and tourists into the jungle we went again ...

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Text/photo: Hana Bašová

 



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