We decided to see a part of China not yet experienced by us or most of our Parsons group, so that we could share a different perspective of the culture. We hopped on the bus to Wuling Mountain. The journey there was much more difficult than any one of us could have thought.
Beginning at the bus terminal in Beijing where there was an overly friendly woman that would not stop telling us where to go (even though we did not ask her for anything). She followed us like a lost puppy and was finally stopped by the bus ticket collector. Once we got on the bus, we settled in for the ride, one that we knew would be pretty long. About 2 hours into the ride, some Chinese guys began yelling at us, trying to convince us that we had arrived at our destination and that that we should get off the bus. Knowing full well that we had not traveled long enough, we remained in our seats amongst a few odd dirty looks.
We finally arrived at the end of the bus line, and exited the bus, only to be berated by two guys who wanted us to get in their car, so they could take us “where we wanted to go”. Knowing that this would be a bad idea, we walked around looking for the next bus to transfer to, while the entire time being barked at by two crazy fake taxi drivers. Having a bit of trouble finding the transfer bus we asked a security guard, who was promptly threatened by the two crazy taxi drivers and told not to inform us about where we should go.
We eventually shook off the lunatics and hopped on our next bus, with only another 3 hour ride to go until we arrived at our mountain. Eventually, we were dropped off at a small town at the base of the mountain. Not knowing that the actual hiking trail started at the top of the mountain, we began the long trek up the winding road to the top. 4 hours later we never made it to the hiking trail, but we did discover a beautiful mountain village and an amazing restaurant and hotel. After we ate, we called a cab and got back to our hotel in 2 hours. (Note: Traveling by bus in China can be its own crazy adventure). The following video features some of the visuals we encountered along our way, edited to music by my friends band THE QUALIA.
30 Videos/30 days: CHINA DAY 12