Memories of a trip to a must-see place for a Chinese brush painter.
I have stopped counting the days spent in lockdown. It’s been tough for all of us, so many changes in such a short time, and I am still one of those who can call themselves lucky – in theory… I do not want to go into details as I have no idea how my emotional state would shape my words. So before I let the anger, frustration and disappointment take over, I open my heart to nostalgia and have a trip back to some good memories to remind myself that a wonderful world is awaiting for us once this is over.
Around this time last year, we spent a few days in Anhui province of China. As I learn Chinese brush painting, the province which gives home to the famous Yellow Mountains, Huangshan, has been on my must-see list for a while. So we woke up quite early in our lovely hotel in Tangkou and got up to the start point of our hike to climb and crawl a thousand steps all day long. It was all worth it! Once we took over the noisy tourist groups, we could finally enjoy this truly magical place that constantly makes you question if you were awake at all or you are actually on a journey to visit the gods. The entrance ticket would have been valid for two days, however, we decided to spend the next day with an easier walk around and soak in the hot spring nearby. If I ever go back (I hope so 🙂 ), I will spend a night on the mountain in hope for seeing the see of clouds, and to be able to walk in a more relaxed pace.
Now have a look at my gallery below, you can move the cursor above the images for the captions. Can you find the ruined pavilion, recognize Totoro and the “Flower in a pot”? 🙂