You know...when I actually go to visit Disneyland in the USA, a one time entry fee covers most of the rides but NOOOOOO, this doesn't work in China! Found out the hard way...
1. Snow mountain scenic spot
5A(the best) scenic site in China, which covers the famous snow mountains
Guess how much we paid to just GET IN? 270 remenbi per person which amounts to RM135...it gets better from here...
On the way up to the main location after paying
Voila ! RM135 to see this....it DOES NOT include bus rides across the whole scenic site, in which you have to pay additional...and an additional RM230 to actually go to the snow mountains!WTH?
Could only take these two pathetic pictures from where I was standing! ggggrrrrrrrrrr...felt soooo ripped off!
2. Naxi Tribe Village
Don't be cheated here guys! Once you have paid the 80 remenbi tax at the first location, you only pay an additional 50 remenbi per person to get in here...
Beautiful landscape with the statue of the God of Nature
Drinking "holy water" from the fresh springs...my KIASU father filled our two plastic bottles up! EMBARRASING!
Got two coins right in the middle of the pot which holds another smaller bowl! WOOOOOTTZZ!! What luck?!? and got a free cd for it *winkz*
A temple within the village, can you imagine the architecture put in here???? WOW!
I know I'm a lil nonsensical but can you imagine????? An au naturel basin outside the toilet!
My father standing outside a Naxi villager's house
Learned how to grind...although my skills were terrible!
These Naxi villagers were so nice to allow me to go into their home to see how they lived..... And I realize that they lead simple lives with basic facilities, yet they are so happy!!!!
Then, my father insisted we visit their lil "yam cha" place which sells home brewed rice wine
There were two types, pure rice wine and honey rice wine
ACK! Mom found it hard to swallow because it contained 35% alcohol!!!!
Naxi villagers allowed us to dress up as horsemen and play their instruments...such gentle and nice people
More beautiful landscape on the way out...if only I could live here....
We donated more money and got to dance with these old Naxi women, their local dance...teehee...they were so cute!
3. Horseback riding
Took a half hour ride across the meadows....this is the life!
In one day, we did so many touristy things but the first location left a bad taste in my mouth(if you get what I mean). We almost got cheated at the second location, but thanks to our tour guide, we found out that we didn't have to pay the state taxes anymore... *phew*
Thank goodness we entered the second location because it was definitely worth our time and money....not only was it beautiful, but it was worth the experience to meet the Naxi villagers and be a part of their culture for abit....:) And that's travelling in my eyes, experiencing how the natives live and immersing yourself in one's culture!
Will be heading to Bangkok soon, what would you guys like to see so I can find out for you???