Thursday, March 29, 2007

Landslide

It's been more than 10 years since I was in Jiuzhaigou, Sichuan, China, but the memories are still very fresh. The place was beautiful (more on that later), but the road to get there was very difficult to traverse. It was an 18 hour bus journey... at least, that is what we were told. It turned out to be well over 20 hours. But the scenery on the way there was exquisite.

I was impresse with our driver's prowess. The road was barely more than a dirt footpath high above the river at the bottom of a rocky gorge. But he managed to take that bulky bus up and down and all around as if it were a walk in the park.

On the way home, we got stuck on the road because a landslide had occurred just before we got there. It ended up being a very long night in which we slept on the bus, together with the more than 20 other passengers. We couldn't spend the night outside of the bus for fear of bandits. In fact, several other buses joined us on the road and we formed a convoy, huddling together in hopes that the bandits were taking a night off.

Apparently they were. We managed to get through the night safely, if with very little sleep. It made for a very memorable experience, and it never fails to give my friends and I a laugh when we talk about it.


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