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Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Sichuan Trip part 9 -vvv

Day 9: 17 Nov 2007

We left Xinduqiao and headed eastwards. The road between Xinduqiao and Mount Zheduo was well-known for its scenery. When people refer to Xinduqiao as Photographers’ Paradise, I’m sure they were talking about this stretch of road instead of the dirty town I just left.

The lighting was terrible that day. The sky was still grey and cloudy. One could hardly see the Sun. I might as well be using black-and-white film. Things started to get better as we approached Mount Zheduo. As the car climbed above the cloud level, we began to see blue sky and sunlight again.

Out of the shadows and into the light

There was a white stupa at the highest point of the road over Mount Zheduo. I thought it looked magnificent amidst the snowy landscape. We stopped for a while to take some pictures. I was a little worried about getting snow blindness so I worked as fast as I could. My father, on the hand, took his time as usual. While waiting for him, my sister and I built an incomplete snowman by the road.

After Mount Zheduo, the road descended into the gloomy grayness again.

In my opinion, at this point, the best parts of the trip are mostly over. The subsequent places we visited are more touristy places, such as the Hailuogou Glacier Park, Leshan Big Buddha and Mount Emei. These places have their own merits but I don’t think they offer more value for money compared to the previous few destinations. Moreover, you don’t get the feeling of being on an adventure, especially when you’re surrounded by tourists and people who try to rip off tourists.

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