(27/06/2006) Day Forty-seven: Tai’an

Weather: Hot

Tai shan
Tai shan

Got off the train at 5am, booked our return train tickets – no sleeper so we had to book seats and then we walked to the base of the mountain (while being stalked by lots of lonesome taxi drivers!) and started climbing the mountain.

The mountain was pretty but soon we came to notice no locals were having to pay for tickets!

Got to the top earlier than expected and we caught a chairlift to the very top.  Beautiful.

Annoying chinese and had photos taken with random chinese boys!

We only saw one other (crusty sweaty) white guy (with a foul nipple piercing walking around in boxers) on the mountain.

We were covered in sweat, it was so hot and we had seen everything so we caught a bus down the mountain

Eating a cornetto on Tai shan!
Eating a cornetto on Tai shan!

to Tian Wai village and a bus back into Tai’an and ate (KFC gross) and found a hotel to sleep and wash.

Woke up at ate (eww kfc again) and caught the train to Beijing .. horrible train ride, staring chinese for 7 hours straight and no sleep.

Got to Beijing at 6:30am and had a shower and slept.

EMAIL SENT

Hello Hello!

Its been a while since our last email.  We are in Beijing, China!  We just came back from Tai’an where we spent the last day climbing our last mountain!  We also had the lovely experience of hard seat train back for 7 hours with the whole carriage of Chinese people staring at us the whole trip!  That SARS cough never does get old either!

The mountain was ok, however we did notice none of the Chinese tourists had to pay entry but what are you going to do.  We leave for Mongolia on Friday.

Natasha!  I will be sending you a WAHAHA label soon!

Side of Tai shan
Side of Tai shan

DENVER : You should be expecting a package from US happy birthday!

EMMA KATE! : You should also be expecting a package!

DADDY PACE : You should be on the lookout for two packages (addressed to KIM) one huge expect it in about 1 – 2 months and one in about 2 -3 weeks … the phone cut out yesterday sorry!  Tell Brock I say happy birthday and Clinton I say hello!

SIMONE : YOU WILL BE GETTING POSTED SOMETHING SOON TOO HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

IF the weather is good today we will be going to the great wall!

LOVE YOU LONG TIME
COREY AND KIM
XOXO