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report of CD CLUB Zhi Yun San Outing on August 25 |
The beginning of Autumn, in this fantastic season, CD English Club had a plan to get out in nature and leave the stress of the world behind. Last Saturday, a day full of sunshine and tender breeze, CD organized an outing to Ziyunshan, a place have brooks and rocks , trees and flowers in the green mountain.
7:30 am , 15 people ( Alhaji, Joyce, Richard, Sue, Ellie, Keeley, Amanda, Audrey, Caesar, Crystal ,Lillian, Ben, Bob, Belinda, and one new comer, Bin)started the trip from Dongzhimen Bus station, After around 3 hours riding, we stopped at the bottom of Ziyushan, Sue played as guider leading us to walk in to the mountain through a small lane instead of through the formal entrance, it seems like we were exploring unspoiled nature rather than vacation spots visitors, exciting experience. Following a woods of chestnut trees, we saw a limpid and shinning small stream, then we went into the mountain, actually we were hiking in a valley of the mountain, most of the valley sides are big rocks with plants on it , it makes a brilliant picture. By the way, the Ziyunshan is half developed , now it is abandoned because bad economic income, most of the travelers prefer to Yunmengshan and other popular places, that the reason we choose here which has few tourists and provides more chances to touch nature, in practice, we are the only group of tourists at Ziyunshan that day, except a solo-traveler , a glamourous Australia girl ,who can speak good Chinese .
After more than one hours climb, everybody felt tired and hungry , people took out foods and juice and fruit, here I have to mention that Richard, who is a professional hiker, brought us a moistureproof cloth to the picnic, he also gave us a brief introduction of hiking knowledge, such as what kind of dresses and shoes are suitable for hiking, furthermore, a crutch is highly recommended , because it can ease the pressure on your knees and prevent your meniscus from being hurt when you are hiking, if anyone wants more information about hiking , pls consult our hiking consultant Richard.
Everybody brought more foods than they can eat, people were so care about others and wish others share their foods, unfortunately, most of the members brought less water than we need, we did not expect the long trip and how importance water is for hiking, when we were on the return bus, everyone complaints that the first thing is to buy beverage after arrived.
After the picnic, as usual, people play killer games, Alhaji always the killer, and Crystal always the people be killed.
At 2:00 pm , everyone contented with delicious foods, the group restructured and kept on moving , Sue was the commander and walking in the front, Lillian and Ben walking in the last of the group, three of them connected through interphones which brought by Alhaji, then, people were split by two teams and had singing competition ,on the way, there were trees and bushes, stone steps , limpid brooks, locusts and birds, people’s sweats and somebody’s out of breathes, it is easy losing your way if you are not an experienced hiker, luckily, we had Sue.
Finely , we reached the last spot , the natural pool , in Sue’s description, it is clear and large enough for swimming there, but it had turn to be several small bodies of water because the last two week’s hot weather and evaporation, still lovely and cool , just can not swim. People played with water, took pictures , after a good rest , we took on the return trip.
Everyone was exhausted , meanwhile, completely glad and joyful. Actually, hiking is quite interesting and health beneficial, many thanks to this outing’s Leader Sue, and other club member’s contributions.