Week of November 10, 2002

Jade Belt Waterfall Trail.

At the top of a very high mountain is a road with 33 switch backs that was built in the 1930s. At the end of the road there is a view point. From there people could walk out to another along a narrow ridge. Across the canyon from there was what I would call a hanging rice paddy. How they ever got to it in the first place is bewildering, not alone farm it. There is a waterfall as well called the Jade Belt Waterfall. A few Miao people
are up there on top to sell fruit and some of their hand woven, jade belts. We were able to take pictures of the people working in the fields and their homes in the distance.

Jade Belt Waterfall Overlook.

I took pictures of Paul at the edge of the overlook. I was afraid to walk out there. There are no hand rails, only rough stepping stones that were damp from rain.

Southern Great Wall.

On our way to another area we stopped at a southwestern section of the Great Wall. There were hundreds of stairs to climb, so Paul went up about 2/3 of the way. I don't know if anyone in our group went to the top, there wasn't
enough time.

Rice Straw Stack on the Road to Jishou.