I woke up early but lost track of time. Again, we rushed to the train Hangzhou Train Station. It's a good thing we weren't late or else they will blame me. hehe. The train to Wuyi is comfortable, we enjoyed the sights while snacking on rice crackers. There was one incident, a girl sat across Jia-Jia, she seemed disoriented and she wasn't wearing any shoes. Jia-jia spoke to her and then she gave her own slippers to her. She even lend her cellphone Jia is so kind, and we love her for being jolly & outgoing.
Ma Zong(Ma-means boss) fetched us at the Wuyi Train station and brought us to the HongmaTimes Plaza Hotel. We are all squeezed in his car. Wuyi is a county of Zhiajang. I really love the place, it is so laid back but still modern, with only few people walking around. We met up with Tom, Ma Zong's staff. He speaks in fluent English which is a good thing. He took us to a local seafood restaurant. We rode their local tricycle going there. We took time in ordering food with the help of Jia-Jia & Tom. We passed ordering the coiled up snake.The food is delicious, we love the Bamboo Shells and the soup with dumplings and string mushrooms. The food is mildly spicy.One thing I noticed is that the Chinese like drinking milk during their meals.
|With my travel buddy Ma'am Cinch in the rickshaw|
After filling our tummies, we went to Shuxi Bridge,it is 800 hundred years old and made out of wood and red clay roof. But before we reached the bridge, we had our fortunes told by the weird looking guy. Jia-Jia opened a pamphlet with drawings on it, it signifies" moving on", which she can relate to. I tried the sticks that had writings and corresponds to the writings on a small book. It said that - finding success away from my hometown, good marriage but I have to wait. People hang out on the bridge. Tom said the park infront of it was built 2 years ago. Development & construction in China is fast.We passed by a tea house to buy their local tea.
It was already late afternoon when we went to Mt. Wuyi for the white water rafting, but we were too late, so we decided to trek in the bamboo forest instead. Hiking up was a pleasant and tiring experience. There are several massive rock formation, some caves & Buddha Sculptures. There's a big rock wall where a rushing waterfall is situated, it was summer so there's only trickling water. We hesitated to move forward with the climb, but I suggested we push through than to get back to where we started. I had to climb up a very steep steel ladder.
After which, he took us to the Qing Hot Spring, which is far from the usual hot spring. We never expected it to be that "grand". It's a hot spring and an amusement park in one. We weren't allowed to take photos inside. It's truly bliss for our tired muscles. We first tried the 42 deg hot spring, then the pool with waves. I love the small pools with different essences.The flavors ranges from milk, coffee, Chinese Herbs and flowers. We even tried the hot beds. And who will forget the fish spa, we were all tickled by all those fish.