Updated: Mar 19
Article by Sammie Coxon from UK, Photography by Teej from Korea
both of them joint Xinchang County Hiking & Rapelling Trip in 2nd-4th April 2017
This Qingming Festival, I was very fortunate enough to go on a 3-Day Adventure to Xinchang County with OK, Deal! Travel.
This hidden paradise was the perfect location. Located in Shaoxing City in Zhejiang Province, we were treated to spectacular views of the countryside, laden with beautiful rapeseed blossoms,spectacular lakes, and tea plantations.
Although it was a public holiday, this unheard of location was almost our own. Nothing like those terrifying photos of scorns of tourists at a standstill!
With the busy holiday traffic, it took us roughly 4 hours to arrive at lunch. Our 45-strong group filled up the local restaurant. Each table was treated to a huge selection of various Chinese dishes. I think we also nearly ran dry their supply of beer!
On Day One, we also saw the stunning Wozhou Lake, with its impressive blue waters. After a drive up via mini-van, we were allowed to freely wonder around the top. As we were quite high up, the views of the lake were remarkable, with the surrounding mountains in the background. Not only that, we were surrounded by seas of flowers, tea plantations and local villages.
OK, Deal! Travel treated us to another great meal for dinner at our hotel, and then organised a social bonfire partyin the evening. It was a great way for everyone to get to know each other, notto mention see some hilarious challenges being completed, such as private dances and texts being sent to parents (These challenges were set by other group members during the bus journey).
Then it was back to our hotel rooms for a lovely night’s sleep before the big day!
On Day Two, we spent a full day hiking and abseilingon Niubei Mountain (牛背山). To say it was easy would be a lie. The morning hike was challenging in every aspect. Not only was the climb almost vertical, at times we were clambering over rocks and even sliding down on our butts.
But the reward was remarkable views of Xinchang County. At times, it was evenhard to believe we were in China, and the spectacular sight made me truly appreciate China and its incredible landscapes.
For lunch, we stopped near the base of the mountain, and had our packed lunches. We then walked to Shigou Cave, where we started rappelling.
Our group was very adventurous with almost everyone giving it a go. And for many, like myself, it was our first time.