DAY 49 Lie Jian got on the bus to my next Port of call – Cheng Du. Season took me for noodles and bought me a ‘ Chinese map Of China’ and a basic translation book, she put me in a taxi to a petrol station bound for Cheng du. The butch, moody Chinese taxi […]
Lie Jian got on the bus to my next Port of call - Cheng Du. Season took me for noodles and bought me a ' Chinese map Of China' and a basic translation book, she put me in a taxi to a petrol station bound for Cheng du. The butch, moody Chinese taxi woman took me to a petrol station on the wrong side of town with the traffic coming 'into' Zhaotong opposed to 'out'. I tried endlessly to explain... I gave up and got out. 8 hours later at around 6pm I get picked up, little did I know I was about to roll down what must be the most stunning stretch of road known to man.
I would of fallen asleep had the road not been so bad for the first hour. However once through the toll gate which acted as a gateway to this enchanted Kingdom - a breathtaking concrete stilted road rolled out like a red carpet before us, it weaved and meandered its way through absolute paradise. Either side of the passenger seat vertical rock formations with a thick luscious carpet of green trees impossible to gauge in size with strikes of orange rock piercing through rose up as far as the eye could see...little gaps would then offer a glimpse of another stunning valley roaming off into the horizon, a corner turned would reveal paradise waterfalls cascading 100m down feeding emerald rivers with wooden villages looming over the river banks, paddy fields sprawled outward from the village flat lands creeping up the surrounding mountain sides, then a steep descent through the middle of a mountain, greeted by sunlight to then look down and realise your soaring above a huge Canyon of landscape on the brink of imagination and reality... I was scared to blink.
My Chinese wingman was equally mesmorised...little need for chat on this one.
After 4hrs 'Trevor' dropped me off at the entrance to another toll gate for the road leading to Cheng Du. The Thumb was out at around 10:30pm...30mins later I got a lift the 40km or so off a fella blasting out Chinese power ballads from his clapped out rascal van. Another toll gate and another massive city I didn't catch the name of, 10mins of Thumb time and state of the art truck zoomed me the 150km into Cheng Du... again we couldn't chat but he happily dropped me off at some cheap lodgings. Cheng Du arrival time - 2am.