25th May 2013: hiking weekend
Departure: 6.00 pm; 25th
Return: 5.00 pm: 27th
Hiking hours: 7 hours day 1 / 2 hours day 2
Departure by bus from Shanghai with twenty Chinese for 4 hours. Direction Tianmu Mountain National Nature Reserve. A vast green space, away from the hassles of the city.
We arrived at 2am in a small village. Camping in the parking lot (on very hard ground). You should not be cozy to go on camping with Chinese.
At sunrise, breakfast, discovery of ancient Chinese toilets (I’ll let you make your own idea although I think you can never imagine such a thing).
Start our hike at 7:30 am by a sun and warm weather that is already beginning to be felt. We climb into the lush forest. After 2 hours of walking, we died of thirst but we must be careful because we hadn’t take enough water boohoo.
Reached the summit at 11:30. Time to eat, still no water at the top (oh if I had listened to my mom I would have taken the sanitizing tablets!). Only boiling water and water that only local drink (yeah well I did not necessarily wanted to test it …). So despite, I choose the boiling water by 36 ° C outside.
We leave in the direction of a lake. Arrival at the lake around 4.00 pm. Finally water !! A little tap to wash your face and great meal at the restaurant. Then camp still in the parking lot (the ground is hard …).
Visit around the lake and back to Shanghai.
- Not be squeamish
- Always have sanitizing tablets
- Bring antibacterial gel
- The ground is hard, very hard, especially when you have no mattress.