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Shaxi, China

Today I hiked with two Chileans & a Dutchman to some famous old grottoes in the hillsides near Shaxi. There are many and spread far apart in the hills. Seeing them all would take one very long day of non-stop hiking. We opt for a few along a curving path. A mini-van & driver will meet us at the end.

We make it to the first set [that include 'fertility' symbols on lotus pads]. To be cautious we inquire of the route to our next destination. The man says too difficult, go back to the parking lot and walk from there. Back to the parking lot would be a difficult down into the valley and up the other side that we already trekked. Over & over he said to go back, our route was too difficult & we'd get lost.

Thankfully, we ignored him. The route was easy to follow and almost totally down hill unlike the deep dip & back up he was recommending us to do. And it was beautiful! Even with no millenium old carvings to look at occassionally the hike was well worth it just for the trees, hills, blue skies, rock outcroppings and and views to distant villages.

Photos coming soon!

permalink written by  prrrrl on March 10, 2012 from Shaxi, China
from the travel blog: Yunnan, China
tagged Hike, Easy, Fertility, Ignore and Carvings

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