I went to bed early and am now up early. Everybody else is sleeping when I open the squirking door at 7 to proceed into the bathroom.
I find the Wal Mart, which is a big chinese supermarket chain. I pack my things so I can deposit the luggage until to night.
Jan Larsen from DR1 (Danish Television), with whom I've had half an appointment calls to ask if we can go to Maoxian on monday and do recordings on tuesday? I don't find any problems in this, but tell him a bit about the road conditions, he'll check that and ring me when nescessary arrangements have been made.
Then I descent to hire a bike. The same as last time. Luckily the saddle hasn't been adjusted since then. And then I start out in direction of the lake for the second time. This time I have to be more careful keeping track of where I am.
There are no problems, I find the promenade and get to the embankment/bridge to the other side.
It's harder to find the path leading up the mountain, but after having gone back and forth a couple of times in a village over there, I find a small street leading upwards and whoopi - it ends in a path. I park the bike and start walking.
From the beginning my plan is not to go far. Take some photos en route.
So in a rather short time I reach the spot where the cablecar from the other
side of the lake ends. I stroll around regarding the possibilities. There's
another cablecar going further up - no, that's too easy.
I decide to go one more stage. Reach where the new car ends. There is a road along the mountain side where you can be taken by small electrical cars. I follow it quite far. Then comes some stairs and a path further up. I walk just a bit and reach the spot where a sign tells me it's one km to the last pavillion and some what longer to the top.
Now I've come this far I take the part to the pavillion too. Sweating I get there - it wasn't that bad after all. There are other people, but just a few. You can look to the top, but this is allright. The view is fine. It's a bit misty as usual, so my photos won't be that sharp, but what gets into my memory is!
Under the way Jan Larsen has called back telling everything should be allright. They borrow a governmental car with a driver in Chengdu, that'll help if any problems occur. The driver will pick me up first and then go to the airport, where Jan and his photographer land around noon on monday.
I'm always the most peculiar places when somebody calls me, but China Mobile always has a VERY fine connection .
It's no problem to go back. I don't look at the map until I know for sure I've taken another street that the one on my way out, but I find exactly the road I'm looking for, so I get straight home.