“The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep..” ~ Robert FrostAs 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.
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.
Peace & Love,