Hu Tiao Shan (The Sights Part 1):
I went hiking in a place called Tiger Leaping Gorge for about 1 1/2 days. It’s a gorgeous place that, depending on how you define a “gorge,” is the largest in the world. Some consider The Grand Canyon to be larger.
The place is really interesting from a developmental standpoint. There are guesthouses along the path, and so you can stop for lunch and get some restaurant food. This allows all sorts of hikers that would not normally make a hike that gains so much elevation. One example: I hike behind two Chinese men in sweatsuits and their scent illuminated that they spent way too much money on cologne.
The trail itself has advertisements for all of the guest houses spray-painted on rocks. You also have to look out for Chinese people waiting for you to take photo’s “on their rock,” which they can charge you a few kuai for. The irony is that none of the picture I will feature are worth any kuai, because for one reason or another, the rocks were really not that great spots to take photos.