Tuesday, April 15, 2014


SO I went to the AVATAR mountains! It was amazing!!! I honestly have no words to describe how awesome the trip was. I was having the time of my life! I brought just a backpack and a satchel. Courtney, Jocelyn, Carlee and I went to Shanghai Friday morning and then killed a few hours there walking around People's Square. Then we took our 22 hour train ride with all our friends and it was so much fun!!! I love sleeper trains! We had the best time just talking, laughing, sleeping, eating... Then we spent the next 1 1/2 days in Zhangjiajie National Park which was gorgeous. No pictures could ever do the place justice. We fed monkeys, rode on the tallest elevator in the world and saw the view from Hallelujah mountain, rode in cable cars and everything was beautiful, even though it was pretty foggy. 
Here's us on the bus ready for a great trip!

Sitting on the bag racks on the train

Thought you all might want to see what the trains/stations are like

A terrible but necessary picture of me before one of our motorcycle rides!

At the entrance to the National Park

Feeding monkeys!

Tallest glass elevator

On Hallelujah Mountain with some statue

On the way down I made a new friend :)

Things got crazy in our taxi back to the hostel!

The last day we spent at Tianmen Mountain and that was my favorite. It is probably the most beautiful place I've ever been. We took the longest cable car ride in the world and I'm not kidding that was UNREAL. It felt like a total dream, I've never seen anything so breathtaking before. We hiked at the very top and walked right over the top of Heaven's Gate. We walked on cool bridges, glass walkways, etc. Then we took the cable cars back down and a crazy bus up to the Stairway to Heaven. I walked up all 999 stairs to Heaven's Gate! It was AWESOME! I loved every minute of that day. Then we got delicious food, checked out of our hostel and took another 22 hour train ride! I love vacations. Coming back to teaching wasn't even hard because now it's so much fun! I actually get excited to teach now, which is a big improvement.

Waiting in lines with Chinese people is like fighting a war

Cable cars at Tianmen mountain

That point ^ is the top of Heaven's Gate! We hiked all the way up there!
It felt like we were on top of the world.

After the stairway to Heaven's Gate

This one was taken on the day we got back to Shanghai...
Proof that people can be shorter than me!

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