the beautiful area was a 5 star hotel - the best that we'd seen
up to that point. The local vegetarian food was unbelievable!
Rivaling New Mexico's own Hatch chile, the Zhangjiajie area
is known for their hot pepper dishes. There was red chile green
beans, amazing green chile, tasty garlic dishes, baked tofu,
scrumptious taro root, and many other exciting dishes. It was
a New Mexican's dream come true!
local government and media was very interested in our large
visit and the Deputy Mayor of Zhangjiajie invited a handful
of representatives to appear on Chinese Television to welcome
and talk to our traveling group. Our representatives received
gift baskets of Zhangjiajie programs and VCDs of the beautiful
hotel gift shop had some nice things, but greedy Shao-Lin students
rarely bargained for items making prices that much higher for
the rest of us! But on the last day as Shao-Lin students made
their way to the busses, the clerks were practically giving
items away! Those who held out until the end were well rewarded
with $15 scrolls that had previously sold for $80!
is definitely a place not to be missed should anyone ever pass
close to Zhangjiajie. Future plans to visit other parts of the
massive rainforest have been talked about. It was by far one
of the highlights of our 16 day visit to the Orient!