Huangshan Shi, China
Kaili’s here! We celebrate my birthday in Shanghai with a wonderful meal comprised of Chinese food and western wine, and then get our trekking shoes back on. That about sums us up. Yellow mountain is an overnight train ride away from Suzhou and we grin to each other as we head down to the platform, thinking about memories already made on this railway network. Except this time I can (sort of) explain myself to the locals! The heavens open in Huangshan town as we bustle across the station square through the touts, and the cloud cover stays with us most of the way up the mountain. Still Huangshan is moody and atmospheric, and there is a charming cheer when the clouds part and we can finally observe the scenery that has written the mountain into Chinese folklore. Nanjing also features on a trip that knackers my routine and commitment to my Chinese studies; all I can think about for some time after are more days together spent on the road.