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.