Travel Blog | ABC Explores China-Anji River Hiking

Updated: May 8, 2021

Article by: Elisa Ma

Okdeal Anji Fun River Trackking Trip in 29 June 2019

I’m what most people would call an ABC, also known as an American Born Chinese, not to be confused with an ABG, Asian Baby Girl. Having parents who are both from Beijing, I’ve been to China countless times. However, I never really ventured the country on my own. Well, what better time to explore than when you’ve been thrown into Shanghai for 2 months with a very bipolar Wifi connection?

Something you should know about me is that I am not a morning person; for reference, I usually sleep until 3PM if I don’t set an alarm. I’m also not the most athletic person (haha but surprise I ended up signing up for a river hiking trip that starts at 7AM in the morning)!

It’s okay, I survived. I went into the trip not knowing anyone else, but lucky for me I was blessed with the opportunity to trap 2 other girls into being my friends! Shout out to Tracy and Mollie if you guys read this, y’all the realest!

Our entire one-day trip was centered on hiking along the Anji River. Although the tour began with a light rain, this weather helped create a view that looked almost as if the clouds were hugging the mountains. Along the way we passed by countless locals and adorable dogs; the cutest one was definitely thelittle puppy that followed us up to the mountain!

We started off by walking through bamboo forests: a journey that makes you feel like you’re going back through time (cheesy, I know, but you’ll understand once you experience it). Sadly, no pandas reside there anymore.