Laying a cup of coffee and a novel on the seat plate, as usual, I watched the view outside the window becoming a blur and moving backward. And that moment, I felt like a feather, where would I blow? Where would I go?
第一天：2017年4月1日 住宿酒店 | Day One: The Hotel, Apr. 1, 2017
“You are now arriving at North Jixi Railway Station…” the bullet train paged it over. I got off as soon as the door opened. With left hand covered the strong sunlight, I searched for the sign of my friends and rendezvoused at the hotel in the evening.
If you book the same hotel or HANTING EXPRESS Jixi. Plz don’t have dinner at the Huiniang Jiayan near the hotel as the food there is awful. The four of us paid 33 RMB each still hungry.
小贴士 | TIPS
HUINIANG JIAYAN Restaurant is not recommended.
There’s an itinerary on the reception desk for traveler convenience. It really fills you in how to get to the scenic spots. (See Snapshot Below)
第二天：2017年4月2日 徽杭古道之旅 | Day Two: A Journey to the Huihang Road, Apr. 2, 2017
As the sun shaded the soft light through the curtain, we packed our things and got the show on the road. It took us 20-minute walk to the ChengNan Bus Terminal, a pretty low profile one hidden within the old residential area.
Here’s the Bus Schedule & the Highway Bus We’ve got on:
On the way to Huihang Road, we drove past the LongChuan Scenery Spot. My friends, they’ve been there yesterday when I was on the train. And that place was not worth paying the ticket. Because there’s nothing special, just some black and white buildings, in which the style was the same as Hong Village or Xinchang Ancient Town my grandparents live.
小贴士 | TIPS
LongChuan Scenery Spot is not recommended.
Bus Ticket: 2 RMB for 10-minute Drive
Scenic-Spots Ticket: 77 RMB(Pretty High)
Having been driven for 30 mins, we finally arrived at the destination. There’re some local people wearing straw hats and carrying a stack of bamboos who trying to sell homemade climbing stick to us, 1 RMB for each. Plz hold your pocket because there’s plenty in the wild. As Bear Grylls once said: we have to use everything that nature offers us. Followed the sign, we found the booking office or Jiangnan Diyiguan.
For hiking, you’d better wear mountaineering clothing and shoes. Do not carry too much as we are not going for the PCT, we could get what we want during the backpacking. Have your stomach too full is not wise, some carry-on food and water are needed though. You have to bring some extra coats with you since the night it is chilly. Meanwhile, make sure you have a survival instinct. You gotta memorize the escape route when the incidents reach you and obey the nature rule to keep the water clean.
Huihang Road is suitable for 2 or 4 persons. A large travel group is a burden that makes the shelter a lot harder to find. And it’s impossible to spark love during the trips as well. As for travelers intend to camp, outdoors tools are really needed. We got talkie-walkies, compass, torches, binoculars, and flint. For families who love to bring the kids, you have to keep an eye on them because of the steep and slippy road. Safety First. During the hiking, we overheard a girl told her mother that she was pooped.
We started climbing at 10:00 a.m., and arrived at the highest mountain LanTian Ao at 4:40 p.m. almost. We supposed to try the camping but ended up sleeping at a 320 RMB room for 4 persons because of the freezing night. The place we crashed in was more like a bunkhouse that we could trace the mildew on the quilts and pillows. Apart from the rough conditions, the hotel fee included the dinner and tomorrow’s breakfast. When the night gently rested on our hearts, the travelers began to camp outside and make fire for the food. The temperature dropped very quickly as the sun went down. So don’t try to take a shower in the mountain. You would easily catch a cold. Plus you could only wash face with cold water. And camping outside without a fire would let the cold reach your bones. In addition, the camping is not a real one for they’ve designed a place for travelers to camp. Therefore, the small camping area is crowded that took all the wild fun away. However, the starry night is really beautiful, which’s a great moment for a couple spend the night together to closely feel each other.
小贴士 | TIPS
Huihang Road, a 12miles(19km) national 4A level scenic zone, is the best choice for a backpacking starter in April and May. The mountains there are pretty odd and steep, which has one of the highest elevations of 1050 meters. They’re surrounded by various stones, boulders, and dense forests. A gurgling stream meanders among the trees, leaving no trails on the cobblestones. Birds twitter in the distance of hills while flowers offer sweetness in the gentle breeze. See a chart below that show all the scenic spots, hiking time and distances.
Highway Bus Ticket: 10 RMB for 30-minute Drive
Scenic-Spots Ticket: 68 RMB
Travel Insurance: 2 RMB
Homemade Climbing Stick: 1 RMB
Water Bottle: 3-10 RMB
Inn Fare: 80 RMB/person Including Dinner & Breakfast
Camping Rental: 160 RMB for Two Persons
Travel Info.: 0563-8155795
Travel Complaint: 0563-8160759
Emergency for Scenic Areas: 0563-8392088
Town Government Duty Office: 0563-8390028
Fire Alarm: 119
Emergency Medical Service: 120
Police Service: 110
第三天：2017年4月3日 障山大峡谷 | Day Three: Zhangshan Grand Canyon, Apr. 3, 2017
At 5:50 a.m., Sarah and I ascended a higher ground, enjoying the sunrise together to feel the fresh air, to listen to the singing birds, to watch the colorful sky. When orange light applied on the mountain peak and the branches, the sun rose. We could sense the chromatic sky turned into golden one as well as the dark space that around us mixed bright light with our silhouettes. We stood there silently, both of us said nothing. “It’s good to have you around.” I thought.
We woke up the rest of our group and hit the road after breakfast. Followed the road sign that only appeared twice, we headed south to climb up and down in order to find a way cut through the Zhangshan Grand Canyon. The local people told me to follow the creek to reach Zhangshan. And that somehow reminded me of what Bear Grylls said: follow the stream, you will soon find civilization.
You could carpool to get to the scenic spot. But plz save your money for once as the landscapes along the roads are amazing that could take your breath away. We walked, we played, we shot, we felt everything that nature offered us. Paradise was what we searched for, and now we were in heaven. The brook winded through the meadow and pebbles, which brought back our childhood memories. Xiaohui picked up a tiny flat stone and threw it on the surface of the water, trying to teach the two Gorgeous how to play ducks and drakes. And Chang’e crossed her delicate fingers to formed into a homemade flute that made a song of her heart while I mimicked the sound of a bird to be a part of beautiful nature. Somehow, a bird replied my calls as if it greeted me. We both were lost there for a while.
小贴士 | TIPS
If you started hiking from LanTian Ao, Huihang Road, you will soon find out that only have two road signs during the 6.8 miles(11km) of backpacking to Zhangshan Grand Canyon. You have to follow the creek and head south if you don’t want to get lost. We began to walk at 7:00 a.m., and it took us five hours or so to reach the destination, which the time was 12:40 p.m. by then. I had a little chit-chat with the locals, and somehow, we got 16% off for the tickets. So we started our tour from the exit to the entrance of Zhangshan Grand Canyon.
Zhangshan Grand Canyon is a 1.6 miles(2.5km) scenic region that takes 2-3 hours to complete the whole tour. The views are really not special for you cannot hold a candle to the impressive routes during the road. What you can find there are small rivers and brooks that join into a large stream. So, I suggested that you shouldn’t spend too much time on that scenic spot. When we reached the end of the journey, we carpooled to Jixi for 150 RMB. And the time of returning has fallen in.
Scenic-Spots Ticket: 60 RMB
Carpool: 150-180 RMB (Destination: Jixi Town)
Cab: Around 100 RMB (Destination: Jixi Town)
Cab Service: 0563-8177500
第四天：2017年4月4日 回程合肥&上海 | Day 4: Return Home Hefei & Shanghai, Apr.4, 2017
Time had passed swiftly as well as the beautiful moments. Our departure time had finally come. Dragging with our fatigued legs, we stumbled on the way to highway speed train. Meanwhile, we turned to look at the great place in the distance. We tried to capture the very last moment, and almost sighed twice before getting on the train. And then, we felt something was missing…Both of us were waiting for the next hiking.
Where was I? Behind all the photo shootings, here the one below to remember by. I, BubbleSwan, on the right, was holding a camera.拍摄：Chang’e | Photo by Chang’e
Plz note that do not carry too much cash with you for there’s not a lot to spend with. And most important is you could pay by Alipay & WeChat.
摄影/ 撰写/ 编译：BubbleSwan
Photograph/ Writings/ Translations by BubbleSwan
Click here to read more: Guideline | Hiking to the Huihang Ancient Road