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2015年3月11日 星期三

Huang Shan. 3 (黃山之三)


The second day at Huang Shan, we had to change hotel. That means plenty of steps to walk up and down. As on the first day, there was absolutely no sign of any sun.

 
Right opposite to our first hotel is this huge boulder


One look up these steps is enough to cause an instant fall in my moods as I thought of the amount of legwork I got to do on our snow spikes.


Something to brighten up our day



The only leaves left on this tree!


We got to walk through this valley
 

Rime on the rushes


 Rime upon the pines


As the day wore on, the ice began to melt on some of the branches


But in the sheltered corners, they refused to go


As the temperature dropped below freezing point, ice began to form on the surface of this catchwater.


Here and there, we found some stubborn leaves
 

The only survivor


A pine cone full of ice


What a relief to find a short stretch of the mountain path which is flat!

More valleys to pass through

Trees in white


More rime upon the branches


An archer or a martial art expert or a dancer?


Steps at the top of the mountain



The mountain is thick with firs and pines



but in no time, they're covered by fog again.


Trees on the boulder like so many people walking up the steps



The fog again!

 Ice on the ground

After close to two hours, finally our hotel


Our tour group members taking photos


I joined them

 
The fog cleared a little. No time to lose


Fog in the valley

 
The fog circled the waist of the mountains like an apron


Another view of the fog


Looks as if it's clearing!


Another Chinese ink painting?


The fog is thickening again


The lookout point. No one there, in Huang Shan! A mini miracle!


After a good night's sleep, we got to go back to the cable car station. More walking along the slippery path !


The ice from last night


dripping popsies?


combs of ice!


icicles?


jelly fishes amongst sea weeds?


A bamboo had fallen under the weight of the ice


These are the silent culprits of the bamboo's downfall. But time to say farewell to Huang Shan!