We were told we would have to wake up at 4am for the chance to see the sunrise on the yellow mountain and that there was limited space. So we left the hotel at that time. It's the best thing I have ever shared with friends. It's beautiful. A palette of color, feeling and emotion!
We were in Xingiang, China, and from Kashgar we went to an amazing place by Pakistan, in the foothills of Karakorum, going to see the Muztagh Ata peak 7546 meters of altitude. We spent a couple of days in its shadow, on the lovely Lake Karakul, in a small yurt camp for the the few hikers, though there was a horrible hotel constructed of concrete across the road ... "progress" -. The camp also had a shop-restaurant, served breakfast, lunch and dinner, for very cheap ... Of course, in true Chinese style. The worst was behind the bathrooms.,,we could say it was nasty. But apart from that .... The place is gorgeous, the lake is different shades depending on the time, reaching a lovely turquoise blue ... Close by, driving an hour or so, we find herds of yaks, birds, and the grandiose mountains, all with huge glaciers ... They were the only man-made buildings are made of adobe, and more painstaking for the graves, which for the houses they live. In fact, the cemeteries have a vaulted architecture, elaborate fences ... Everything in miniature adobe, but really nice. The people, are friendly and they were surprised at our presence, or at least they were not grateful with the crowd. They move by motorcycle, between one people and another, and in fields that work with their hands (no machinery). And always mountains witness stunning, remind us how small we are, how precious Earth is and how bad the care ...
An alternative to the rice fields of Longsheng. They say are just as impressive but without suffering the loads of people of Longsheng. This has less people and is much more authentic. To give you an idea in 2 days only 2 couples we met were Westerners and that it was August. We got there by bus from Yanghsuo and they offer to take your luggage. We carried suitcases with wheels took a 40 minutes walk on stairs up the mountain. If you do not have any major physical problem it can be climbed without problems, but without haste. There are also hotels but nothing else come up with more charm. To give you an idea of what rural is that, as we climbed up we passed locals donkey bricks and provisions, since cars can not climb. Our hotel was in the middle of the rice fields. The parking seemed the house of the people who live there and who had arranged some rooms. The scrumptious food, all natural and planted there, although communication with the owners was more than difficult because almost everything was in Chinese and no one understands anything at all from English, so much patience and many signs. From here you can hike above for a better view, or take a short walk of a half an hour to the "Buddha Hill". I really do not care where you go as everything is just as nice. Very highly recommended
The Tiger Jump trek starts a bit touristy, but is a unique experience, walking down the Yangtze River Gorge, in the pre-tibet area. It usually starts from Lijiang, to Quiatou, and after trekking you visit Zhongdian, now called Shangri-la by the Chinese that take advantage of the sudden tourism with this mythical name. It can be done in 2/3 days, the accommodation is very basic for families, and it is almost impossible to find someone who speaks good English.