China Railway high speed train (CRH380A)
No two railway stations in China looked the same! Here, I have put together photos of all the railway stations we visited. You will have to forgive the quality of some of these photos, as most were taken with a mobile phone. Some where taken whilst in a car. Unfortunately this is not a complete list of all the stations we visited. Some we simply didn't take photos of (time constraints I suppose) and some we never stepped out of as we simply transfered from the train station to the metro below.
Xue bridge over Tuojiang River, Fenghuang
We spent the day exploring Fenghuang, this time during the day, before heading to Hunan's most famous attraction, Wulingyuan.
Tuojiang River, Fenghuang
Time to move on from Zhenyuan and Guizhou province. It has been lovely but we're off to Fenghuang 鳳凰 (literally: Pheonix) in Hunan province. I do not have many happy memories of its capital, Changsha, and look forward to never visiting again. I braced myself for future encounters with rude people.
Seeing as there was no Dragon boat racing we just were left with exploring the town. We took the opportunity to bypass “official” ways to get to get a viewpoint (not the first time in China on this trip!)
Zhusheng bridge over Wuyang river, Zhenyuan
Zhenyuan 鎮遠 ancient water town, supposedly with 2000 years of history, was yet another destination I had found whilst on the road. It had been years, decades since I had seen dragon boat racing in person. And when I found out that the dragon boat festival was coming up on 7th June (i.e. the 5th day of the 5th month on the lunar calendar) AND that Zhengyuan was a famous place to view the sport, I declared to A that we HAD to go.
Dingguan Gate and the outer city wall at Qingyan ancient town
Guiyang 貴陽, the capital of Guizhou Province, means “South Side of Gui Mountain”. I cannot confidently say why we stopped here but it was in between Anshun and our next destination of Zhenyuan, an ancient water town.
The top of Huangguoshu Waterfall
Huangguoshu (literally: Yellow Fruit Tree) Waterfall 黃果樹瀑布 is one of China's largest waterfalls at 67m high and 83m wide. It is also known for having a pathway dug into the cliff face, meaning you are able to walk behind the curtain of water that comes gushing over the cliff. How exciting!
The rolling mountains near Yunshan village, Anshun
The title sounds kinda hippy, hey?
More Karsts were in store for us today at a small historic village called Yunshan 雲山 (literally: cloud mountain) near Anshun. I just think Karst scenary is so interesting and beautiful. Ippy cannot completely remember how she stumbled across this small village, but she does remember seeing drone photos taken from the village on Google Maps and being inspired to visit - sad but there's the truth!
A very spicy duck 'dry pot'
Off to Anshun, where a delicious duck “dry pot” awaits us. We see more Guizhou scenary along the way.
Mountains in Wanfenglin
Finally, we were off to see the two natural beauties that drove us to stop at Xingyi in the first place - Wanfenglin and Nading stone forest.