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My China Trip - Day 6 我的中国之行—第6天    

By Barry Pittman
5317 Views | 22 Comments | 5/31/2014 9:01:46 PM

Tina and I awoke without delay, as is the custom in China.  From early on, often a cacophony of sounds drifts up from the streets, assaulting one's ears, ranging from blaring car horns through to street vendors crying out, plus the often quite loud conversations held by people going about their day to day business.



I've noticed that many Chinese folk talk quite loudly.  This morning for example, I was gazing at a young Chinese girl who looked quite pretty until she opened her mouth  - what came out resembled a foghorn from the Queen Mary!  This shouting in public happens frequently.  The same thing happened last night. We were having dinner on one side of the street at a little sidewalk cafe, whilst being able to clearly hear the conversation going on from half a dozen or so people who were having a whale of a time on the other side of the street, talking about something in quite an animated manner. So many Chinese for some reason treat the person they're talking to as being half deaf, feeling the need to almost shout, when who they're chatting to is less than a metre away!



Today was going to be a challenging one.  We'd planned to walk down most of the mountain, back to the farmer's hotel near Qingyin Pavilion in the foothills where we'd spent the night a few days earlier.  It was located near the pristine lake that resembled something out of the Swiss Alps, with a myriad trees being reflected from its smooth, glassy surface.



It was an ambitious strategy. A big hike. But each of us had felt better from our two day stay at the Mt Emei village near the summit.  I was hoping that the really aggravating deep muscle ache in the middle of my back caused by the weight of the backpack wouldn't again rear its ugly head. This back pain was really annoying, as even with the pack off, the deep muscle ache remained.



I was quite relieved that though the muscles in my legs were a little sore, they weren't particularly bad, given I'd just climbed around ten thousand steps with a heavy pack.  Obviously the many grueling hours on the treadmill performed as training for this climb were showing clear and beneficial results.  There'd be no way that an average person who hadn't specially prepared him or her self physically for this quest would be able to do it without becoming mighty sore and sorry for himself indeed.



As noted previously, Tina's physical stamina was exceptional. I'd never seen anyone of her ability before, as far as carrying weight for hour after hour with nil whinging or whining whatsoever were concerned. Despite her admirable "stiff upper lip" attitude, I knew she was hurting a little, it was just that I was hurting worse, so unfortunately I couldn't offer much assistance.



When the going gets tough, the tough get going - that was her mantra and her ballsy actions reflected this. I was certainly no slouch as far as long distance walking was concerned but over the past two or three days, Tina had made me look like a fifty pound weakling. I shall never forget this.



For the long downward journey, Tina graciously volunteered to add extra weight to her pack, thus making mine lighter.  I now only had to carry about ten kgs and she was carrying about twenty.  A truly remarkable feat from such a slender framed lady.



The weight of Tina's backpack was now nearly forty per cent of her body weight and this needed to be transported down several thousand steps. Whereas my pack was just one eighth of my body weight.  The harsh statistics speak for themselves.



We began the descent in good spirits.  We passed many hikers going the opposite way, walking UP the mountain   Most of these were young people in their late teens or twenties. Most of them looked absolutely knackered, walking up painfully slowly. There were hardly any older people.This helped me appreciate that I'd indeed performed a creditable feat hiking up this lovely yet challenging and somewhat unknown part of China.



Tina and I bounded down the steps at a quick pace.  I reckoned that walking down took only about twenty per cent of the effort of walking up.  Because of my long legs, often I'd stride down two steps at a time, yet Tina would still keep pace with me, despite having shorter legs and carrying double the weight as I was.  This remarkable Chinese woman seemed to have the ability of a ballerina, being able to deftly position and move her feet in double quick time, like a multi-legged centipede.  I simply couldn't move my legs as rapidly as she could move hers. 



After about five hours of rapid descent, the aches and pains in my body slowly began to unwelcomely reappear. Another hour later and they began to become intrusive.  I wasn't feeling good.  We hadn't eaten all day and that didn't help matters. Tina was feeling a bit sore but reasonable.  



This time however, I had a strategy for my pain. I stopped and extracted a couple of aspirin from her backpack.  I rarely take such pills but sometimes they're necessary.  Fortunately soon they made my aching back bearable.  Not particularly good, but tolerable.



At one stage I was following an Italian couple in their twenties who looked like serious backpackers.  They were moving just as quickly as we were, pushing their way through the dawdling Chinese day tourists that were getting thicker, the more we descended.  Suddenly the Italian girl stumbled and fell flat on her face in front of me.  This is something I'd been very careful not to do over the past few days.  When tired, it's quite easy to be affected by the change in centre of gravity of one's body caused by a weighty backpack, leading to painful lessons like this. The girl looked strange, closely embracing the concrete with her face as she tumbled over. She cried out, "Aldo!  Aldo!" to her male companion, who turned and came running back to her.



But Tina and I were on a mission - we couldn't stop.  Racing in high gear, we pushed on fast and furiously through the madding crowds at the base of the mountain. We indeed had a second wind and could almost smell the inviting scent of our target hotel that was getting closer and closer to us with every purposeful stride.



Within another hour of very brisk walk, finally we reached the hotel. Thank God!  After seven hours of arduous effort, I was exhausted.  Tina was tired also yet still more sprightly than me, an amazing effort given the significant weight she'd been carrying all day.



Every day of my trip so far when eating a meal, I'd pull out my travel pack of knife, fork and spoon.  I'd never use chopsticks. Just too awkward and difficult to handle for a clumsy Westerner like me!  I can report that every day I receive some very curious looks as well as laughter from people in the eating areas who've seen me using my knife and fork.  Tonight proved not to be an exception to this, with two people walking up to our table as I was having dinner in the hotel and simply staring at me as I ate, as if I was a lab rat that needed to be studied.  My knife and fork provide plenty of entertainment for the Chinese, some of whom act as if they've never in all their lives seen such strange eating implements.



The young seventeen year old girl serving us dinner asked me how old I was.  



I replied, "How old do you think I am?"



She said, "Maybe around forty?"



I responded, "No, I'll be 60 later this year."



The girl couldn't believe it.  Her mouth dropped open. Tina also said that I don't look like most 60 year olds.  I felt a little chuffed at this, but then again, I'm not so vain as to think I look anywhere near what a forty year old does. Tina's monk friend the other day said I looked around fifty, so let's settle for this!



Tina told me that she visits Mt Emei once per week, every week. But she never comes here on a weekend. She deplores the crowds, far preferring to hike around by herself. She feels a spiritual kinship with the region and has formed bonds of friendship with some of the locals that she sees on a semi-regular basis.  On this trip, I've noticed more slightly overweight Chinese are evident than what I'd expected.  Especially some of the children. This appears to reflect one of the negative legacies adopted from the West, traditional Chinese cuisine in some quarters is being sadly replaced by junk food. Combine that with sitting all day in front of a computer playing games or watching TV and what do you get?



In any case, Tina and I had completed our mission for the day.  Hallelujah!



The manager of the hotel was happy to see us again, the only thing being that given it was a weekend, we no longer could have separate rooms, but only one with two single beds in it. Beggars can't be choosers, so we happily accepted this.  Both of us feeling pretty well stuffed, I was sure no hanky panky was to occur on this night that indeed proved to be the case.



Though we weren't at the very bottom of Mt Emei, we were close enough to it. Tomorrow we'd planned to descend right to the base hotel we'd spent night one, to collect a few items we'd left there for storage. We then were to travel to Tina's home town of Shawan by either bus or taxi.



Things were heating up between Tina and I. I'm not necessarily referring just in a physical sense, but in an overall emotional one. Both of us had been blistered by the blowtorch of adversity over the past few days and had bonded together much more intensely than if we'd merely been sitting in cafes sipping lattes or cappuchinos.  This slender lady had passed the test with flying colours in my eyes - I hoped that she felt the same way about me.  The fact that she had now invited me to her home town was a significant event, the unspoken importance of which didn't escape me.



Chinese dating in my case at least, was proving to be a fascinating experience. To anyone contemplating it, I recommend don't be in a rush to meet your partner.  Take things step by step.  Tina and I for example, had spoken nearly every day via webcam for seven odd months.  This meant that when we finally met at the airport, we weren't meeting a relative stranger, but a good friend.  If things didn't ultimately work out well between us, then it wouldn't be for lack of preparation, consideration or effort.



就象是在中国的惯例一样,TINA和我一刻不差的被叫醒了。从一早开始,街上常常会传来很多刺耳的声音,从汽车的喇叭声,商贩的叫卖声,加上开始一天工作的人们的大声的交谈声混合在一起冲击着我的耳膜。



我注意到好多中国人说话都特别的大声。比如今天早上,我看到一个看起来非常漂亮的中国小姑娘,直到她开口讲话--- 她发出的声音就象是玛丽皇后的喇叭声。在公共场合经常有人这样大声的说话。所以,很多中国人不知出于哪些原因讲话的时候就好象对方是半个聋子一样大声。



今天会是非常有挑战性的一天。我们计划走完大部分的下山路回到几天前我们住过一晚的山脚下的清平亭附近的农家旅馆去。旅馆在一个有些瑞士的阿尔斯山景色的古老的湖边,无数的树木倒映在光滑如镜的湖面上。



今天有很重的任务,但是在山顶上呆了两天之后,我俩都感觉良好。我希望那非常令人恼怒的由于背包的重量导致的中间背部的深层肌肉的痛疼不会再出现。



我也深深的松了口气,虽然我大腿的肌肉很痛,但是,却不算特别糟糕。虽然在过去的几天里,我已经背着重重的包走了大约上万的台阶。很显然,我在跑步机上为这次登山所做的艰苦的很多个小时的训练现在有成效了。



如之前所说过的,TINA的实在是太精力充沛了。我以前从来没看到过象她这样有精力的人。负重连行走好几个小时却没有一点问题。长途行走的时候,我当然也不是一个没精打采的人,但是,TINA让我看起来象是一个50磅重的弱者



在长长的下山路中,TINA仁慈的自告奋勇的将额外的重量加到了她的背包中,这样可以使我的背包更轻一些。现在,我只需要背约10公斤重的东西,而TINA需要背比我的重两倍的东西。对于一个苗条的女人来说,这种举动能力实在是太在本事了。



现在TINA的背包的重量几乎是她的体重的40%,她需要背着走好几千个阶梯。而同时我的背包的重量只是我的体重的八分之一。数据说明了一切。



我们心情很好,开始下山。我们经过了很多跟我们反方向往上爬的人们。他们大多数都是年纪在十多二十岁年年轻人。几乎看不到有任何年纪大一点的。这让我觉得非常的开心,非常感谢自己这一次值得称赞的的登山之旅。



很多往上爬的中国年轻人看起来都绝对的疲劳。然后TINA和我却走得很快。我觉得下山比上山容易多了,只需要用上山的20%的力量。由于我的腿很长,我经常走一步就相当于TINA两步,但是她仍然能跟得上我,即使是她的腿比我的短,身上背的背包是我的背包的两倍重。她就好象有芭蕾舞演员的能力,可以在短时间内快速的灵活的转换脚的位置。我挪动脚步的速度就是比不上她的快。



经过5个小时的快速下山之后,在我身体里的酸累痛疼又慢慢的开始出现了。又过了一个小时之后,我全身都是疲惫感觉。然而TINA却感觉良好。我停了下来,从她的背包中拿出几片阿斯匹林,吞了下去。很让人开心,这些药减轻了我的背痛。有一段时间,我跟在一对意大利夫妇的后面,他们20多岁,看起来是认真的旅行者,跟我们走得一样的快,超过了好多懒懒散散的中国游客。突然那个意大利女孩子跌倒了,摔在脸上。在过去几天里我一直在非常小心的避免摔跤。因为当人劳累的时候,非常容易受身体重心的变化的影响而摔跤。



我们又欢快的走了另外一个小时,最后到达了旅馆。感谢上旁。经过7个小时的艰苦努力之后,我累死了。TINA也很疲劳,却仍然比我有精神得多。想想她背了一整天那么重的东西,实在是太让人吃惊了。



我们入住了一间有两张单人床的房间。我将背包里所有的东西倒在床上进行整理。需要洗的衣服,我们会手洗并用小吹风机吹干。任何一个登山都知道,通常每隔一两天都要洗一次衣服,通常都是在旅馆浴室的小洗手盆中清洗。



在我这次旅程中,直到今天为止,每当吃饭的时候,我都会拿出我的旅行餐具,刀,叉,匙。我从来没用过筷子。我可以说在吃饭的地方看到我用刀叉的人,好多都在好奇的看着我,还有些人会笑出声来。今晚也毫不例外,当我在旅馆中吃饭的时候,有两个人走向我们的桌子并看着我吃饭。



为我们晚餐服务的那个17岁的女孩问我多大年纪了。



我回答说“你觉得我多少岁呢?”



她说“可能40岁左右吧?”



我回答说“不,今年晚些时候我就满60了。”



那个女孩无法相信。TINA也说我看起来一点也不像是快60岁的人。这点让我感到有些开心,然而,我也不会虚荣到真的相信我会看起来象一个40岁的人。


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#2014-06-07 12:28:08 by JohnAbbot @JohnAbbot

Barry, I suspect my asking this is going to come back to haunt me in more ways than one, but are you really not going to give us the slightest hint at what transpired in the warming up of Tina after she climbed in under your covers?

What kind of a tease was that? And I mean at more than one level! (doh)

#2014-06-07 13:10:48 by anonymous10276 @anonymous10276

I couldn't help laughing at John's question, for I guess every one read this blog series is having the same question in mind. To ask this, John is so cute ...
I can only guess, based on photo #1 here, Tina's body language ... much more intimacy developed between them...
Sincerely wish Barry and Tina love and happiness forever.

#2014-06-07 13:27:00 by woaizhongguo @woaizhongguo

Hi Barry,
Coming late to the party hear but have really enjoyed your blog of the trip. Some excellent advice and insight. As far as I know, it is the first of its kind on the site and will be of tremendous use to others. I have hiked Mt. Emei as well, so I can feel your pain. IMO, it is not the carrying the backpack that causes the major physical problems but the fact that there is nothing but concrete steps to walk on most of the way. I admire you and Tina especially because my Chinese girlfriend and I took the bus down. We also caught the suspended cable car up to the top to try to see the sunrise. Had I caught the blog earlier, I probably would have recommended both of those alternatives, although hiking up and down is damn impressive. The stuff on squat toilets is hilarious. Don't be surprised to find footmarks on the toilet seat if you get Tina back to a place with a Western toilet. Many Chinese girls I know deal withe Western toilets that way, with the risk of hurting yourself even greater I imagine. I lived in Chengdu for more than four years so if you have any questions I would be happy to help. Hope you get to see the Pandas. Thanks again for writing this and good luck. Things sound promising

#2014-06-07 22:32:34 by Barry1 @Barry1

@JohnAbbot

"are you really not going to give us the slightest hint at what transpired in the warming up of Tina after she climbed in under your covers?"

Thanks for your enquiry, John.

Let me say however, that a smart man recently advised me, "true gentleman are discreet", or words to that effect.

So as much as I'd like to blurt out to the world what may - or may not - have happened in the warm bed on that cold night up in Emei village, my lips remain sealed, at least for this stage of the story.

Sorry about that, but as an undeniable gentleman yourself, I'm sure you understand my precarious position here.

#2014-06-07 22:37:23 by Barry1 @Barry1

@anonymous10276

"Tina's body language"

Ahh, we have a student of body language here - very good indeed. Obviously you're a very intelligent person who can read between the lines, or more accurately, read between the fingertips, the hands, the arms and the toes. They don't lie, the way that mere words can.

Thank you so much for your good wishes, Anon10276..... I wish the same to you also.

#2014-06-07 22:55:48 by Barry1 @Barry1

@woaizhongguo

Thank you so much for your interesting words, woaizhongguo - sorry that I don't know your English name.

I'll be heading to Chengdu again in just a day or two. This coming Tuesday. Tina has planned to take me on a trip to the Jiuzhaigou Valley area. If I had some spare time, it'd be nice to catch up with you, though I'm unsure of exactly where you're located now? We'll be going on a bus or coach, stopping in Chengdu and then maybe transferring to another bus.

Judging by your name, it sounds like you have at least a working knowledge of Mandarin. If so, I commend you, because it's such a difficult language to learn.

It's interesting that you've been in China for four years, I assume you have a job here, maybe as an English teacher? I've heard the only real way to live in China semi-permanently is to be able to prove you have a job here? My current visa goes for six months with a maximum stay of 60 days on each trip.

It's great to hear you've conquered Mt Emei as well. I'll be better prepared next time, on many different levels.

Hilarious to hear about ladies squatting on Western toilets I hadn't realized that!

Cheers mate. (y)

#2014-06-08 01:35:45 by YinTingYu @YinTingYu

@Barry1
Hello brother Barry,
Just a reminder,...
Man, I really hope You and Tina find the good relations !!
Take that sweet caramel/cream skinned beauty to your breast.
Set your sights forward and never look back !!!!

Actually,...I sense is what Tina looks for as well.
I think she wishes for good man to lead and give her a happy life (if possible).
Oh,...You can do brother !!
Dog gonnit' !!!
You both have been searching for so long !!
Is now the time to release all previous expectations and "Go For It" !!
Really man,...what do you have to loose ???
Could turn out to be best thing ever happen for each of you.
Just gives reminder/suggestions.
Ah,...Peace and Blessings to each,...
Yin Ting Yu,...aka. Gongji

#2014-06-08 05:53:26 by anonymous10289 @anonymous10289

Some people have commented on Barry's checkered shirt. But has anyone noticed Tina's monkey shorts? Are 猴子短裤 very popular in China right now? I typed 猴子短裤 in Taobao and thousands of results came up. They are super cute!

#2014-06-08 07:58:47 by mao1970 @mao1970

祝福您们!希望有美好的结局:)

#2014-06-08 09:49:06 by sky810 @sky810

Hahahaa, New Zealand guy, forget all your chatting with Tina, it seems "Action Sound Louder than words" . See Tina's body language? She is like a teenager in love with her guy 8)

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