1) What did you expect? My expectations of cities were that it would be crowded, smoggy, an unbearable amount of traffic, to the point of claustrophobia, and delicious and spicy food vendors on every street corner. Viewing photos of forests and mountains on various sites and in magazines, I was expecting that beyond the cities would hold natural wonders of beauty, vast forests, snow capped mountains, and the glory that is the Great Wall of China.
I knew how large the Great Wall of China was and I have seen many photos, but it doesn't compare to actually standing on it, in the mountains, looking at ingenuity and structure. It was impressive to be standing on the Wall, looking out as far as I could see, knowing that it continued on for thousands of more miles.
3) What were your top five best parts of the trip? 1. the Great Wall of China, 2. mopeding around Lugu Lake, 3. Terra Cotta warriors, 4. Hutong cooking class, 5. Hot pot
4) What was your most uncomfortable experience? Riding in a bus over mountains with well over 1,000 foot drops, on dirt roads riddled with craters (not pot holes) barely large enough for a single truck, sitting next to people who get car sick sitting in traffic, not understanding why we had to switch buses three times, and doing this for 11 hours.
5) Would you go again? If yes, what do you want to see next? I would go again, but would want to visit a more remote location. It would be nice to go along the Yangtze River or into the mountains and forests.
6) What couldn't you get used to? The smell, amount of people, and hygiene (peeing, pooping, blowing nose in public).
7) What did you think of the food? What was your favorite dish? The food was delicious. I enjoy a good bowl of noodle soup.
Isn't J a great photographer? You can check out more of his photos here.
I'm linking up with Katie for Social Saturday.