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|The Mountains are calling again ~ 4th hike in China|

 “The woods are lovely, dark and deep, 
 But I have promises to keep, 
 And miles to go before I sleep..” ~ Robert Frost 
 
As part of my latest  adventure in China – The Tonglu County (I’ve talked about the first stop here)  the second leg of the trip were two hikes: one in a natural park with loads of beautiful lakes; and the second one was a hike up in the heart of a mountain and above a splendid waterfall.
It was breathtaking – part of it because it was so hot, but part of it because it felt like I was on top of the world. So many beautiful places, so close to where I live. 
I was just so happy to have taken this trip – I’ve made friend, I spent time in the mountains and had time to reflect on myself. 
 
For me, nothing compares to a trip in the mountains – not the beach, not the amusement parks, not the zoo (especially not the zoos). Being in the nature gives me a sense of  liberation, but also it remembers me how small I am.. I’m a particle in this whole universe, a universe that does not revolve around me. 
All my problems seem particularly smaller when I look around myself and I’m surrounded by the greatness of nature. 

I hope you enjoy the following pictures – I think we picked the most perfect time for the hike – everything was blooming, everything was green and welcoming.

 

The first stop was Daqi National Forest Park. The park covers about 700 hectares, and it’s spread for several kilometres west of Tonglu. It has it all: forests, waterfalls, chain bridges and breath-taking views.

The entrance is about 25 yuan, and the opening times are from 7am to 6.30pm. If you find yourself in the area, it’s definitely a place that you should visit.

~ Daqi Mountain ~
~ Daqi National Forest Park ~
~ Daqi Mountain ~
~ Daqi National Forest Park ~
~ Daqi Mountain ~ The water was unbelievably blue.
~ Daqi National Forest Park ~ The water was unbelievably blue.
~ Daqi National Forest Park ~ Living life on the edge, basically.
~ Daqi National Forest Park ~ Living life on the edge, basically.
~ Daqi Mountain ~ The sun sets on the world ..
~ Daqi National Forest Park~ The sun sets on the world ..
'I wanna leave my footprints on the sands of time .. '
‘I wanna leave my footprints on the sands of time .. ‘

 

The second stop was Bai Yun Yuan Waterfall 白云源. This place is not as known as Daqi Park, and because of that we were rewarded with a more quieter and peaceful hike. Not that many people adventure here.

But let me tell you, it was well worth it! The view from the top of the waterfall – the wind through my hair, the cloudy day – it was just perfect. It made me stop there for few minutes and just say few prayers of gratitude.

I realised in that moment that the only way to come back to ourselves, is by going back to nature. No technology, no parties, no pills or alcohol will ever manage to fix our deepest issues, the way that going back to nature and reflecting does.It’s a lesson that I need to remind myself every day – even taking a walk outside, getting out of my crowded head will help. 

 

~ Bai Yun Yuan ~ The Big Waterfall seen from above.
~ Bai Yun Yuan ~ The Big Waterfall seen from above.
~ Bai Yun Yuan ~
~ Bai Yun Yuan ~
~ Bai Yun Yuan ~
~ Bai Yun Yuan ~
~ Bai Yun Yuan ~ Leave safety at the door when travelling in China. And purchase a travel insurance!
~ Bai Yun Yuan ~ Leave safety at the door when travelling in China. And purchase a travel insurance!

 

Peace & Love,

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “|The Mountains are calling again ~ 4th hike in China|

  1. That was actually a pretty good read, thanks for sharing. I found the nature quote to be especially true and it made me a bit melancholic. The trees always strike me as some ancient sentinels, borne out of some long forgotten age of this world. It’s easy to feel small that way.
    I guess there’s a certain connectivity that transcends time.

    Since you’re in China, here’s a quote from Lao Tzu:
    ‘Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.’

    Best wishes

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