Welcome to our travel blog. We are Tabitha and Nic. In 2011 we 'retired' in our early 40s and set off to travel the world. We spent our first year in South America and have been lucky enough to make two trips to Antarctica.

Our blog is a record of our travels, thoughts and experiences. It is not a guide book, but we do include some tips and information, so we hope that you may find it useful if you are planning to visit somewhere we have been. Or you may just find it interesting as a bit of armchair travel.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Welcome to Xara - and a Trip to The Stone Forest

So for our first leg we are back on a Dragoman trip.  Our truck this time is called Xara, our crew are Helen and Duncan, and we also have a local guide, who for this China section is Jason.

We are a small group.  There were nine people in the last segment and three of them are leaving, so with us and one other joiner, there will be nine of us going forward.

We don't officially join the truck until 15 January, but we newbies have been invited to join the group in their last activity, which is a visit to The Stone Forest.

It took us a little longer than expected to get there, as we were held up in stationary traffic for over an hour while they closed our side of a tunnel to do some roadworks.  Apparently this is not unusual.

When we did arrive, we were able to see what is only a small part of a huge area of stone pinnacles which were formed by the erosion of the limestone that they are made of. We noticed that most of the Chinese visitors took oversized golf buggies around the place, only stopping off at designated viewpoints.

We had a bit of lunch here in the form of a very tasty corn on the cob and some interesting looking, but sadly not so tasty, steamed buns. The pale yellow ones were not too bad.

We walked around instead, taking in more of the atmosphere of the place, and getting off the main pathway, to be up close amongst the rocks.

We didn't walk on the grass though - how could we when there was a sign that said 'The grass is smiling. Don't disturb her.'

Not much to say about the rock formations really, unless this is to become a geology lesson, so I will simply let the pictures speak for themselves.

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