I'd give this trip a 9 out of 10 for the breathtaking landscape and scenery, and a 4 out of 10 for comfort. We went to the smaller province in China called Hunan, to this area named Zhang Jia Jie, which is apparently famous because Avatar (the blue creatures one, not the last airbender (a fact only made known to me last minute)) filmed there. Not bad choice at all, the mountains are that beautiful. Photos are available on my Facebook, but they honestly do not do the place justice. WOW.

But being a sensitive and mushy person that I am, I am constantly bothered by how locals talk, which sounds like they're always mad about something all the time. Such annoyance was partly my fault because I don't speak their languages and had no way to understand by myself that while I was staring at the lady in the restaurant who was yelling at a group of people in the other table, it turned out she was just telling them what the menus were. In addition, most of the public toilets are in such poor condition, they make me refrain from boosting my water intake - which is a huge mistake given the physical requirements to explore the places in our itinerary. Plus, I don't know how to say this nicely, but let's just say locals and I have very different standards as to how public one can go when one takes a dump. 

Anyway, glad that I am now home with good memories of such wonderful mother nature. I pray for the opportunity to visit more natural beauties in the future. 


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