Odyssey to South of the Clouds ... (p20) - the Yak Meadow
Yu Long Snow Mountain, Lijiang
River told us that we were ought to take another cable car to reach the Yak Meadow, but as our eco-bus made a stop after 20 minutes of the ride, i didn't feel right. i mean i saw people wandering around the nearby river, and i recalled i saw the sign showed that the Yak Meadow station still far away, not at right of the junction where the bus stopped. i asked the driver, and he mumbled something and pointed out to the crowd. i saw people queuing, and honestly i thought he was telling us that we gotta queue for another bus ride to the Yak Meadow cable car station.
the bus left Blue Moon Valley, and as we were sitting on the floor, in the middle of the bus, we couldn't see much the route. but TI suddenly tapped my shoulder and quoted ' eh...kita ni patah balik ke?' apparently, yes. the eco-bus that we were on, actually was riding back to the park centre, and that was when we realized there'd been misunderstanding - with Chen, with the driver etc. we lost our 1-hour just like that.
the ticket counter and the bus to the Yak Meadow cable car station was actually located at different building and it took a while for us to figure out the direction.
the ticket for the cable car to Yak Meadow cost about RMB65. the eco-bus ticket was already paid when we bought the glacier park ticket, and it was day-ticket, not per trip ticket. the lady at the counter told us that we gotta to go to building next to the ticket counter and look for the sign for the Yak Meadow eco-bus station.
ok. the place seemed quiet and we saw only few visitors wandering within the building. we followed the sign, and guess what, it was only us that actually going to the Yak Meadow during that time! the bus just arrived, and would only be departed another minutes as the driver apparently taking a short break. me and TI decided to wait in the bus.
finally the driver came, and took a peek. he mumbled something - probably just chuckled as seeing only two of us being his passenger this time. i just gave him a nod and smile. the bus departed from the park centre and the whole journey took almost 40 minutes. it passed the Blue Moon Valley and went further up of the hill, riding on few parts of the road that were on gravel, construction etc.
ah. the place was quiet with no sign of crowd as we had back at the park centre and the glacier park. it was only me and TI, if i've not mistaken. after a while the bus left the place and we walked towards the station. a local guy who was selling drinks and snacks, excitedly greeted us. ah..he could speak english...and was asking where were we from. he kept guessing, and as he got the answer right, he showed us the RM1 note that he got from the previous visitors.we left him and walked up the stairs to the station. there was only few staff around the station, and we went straight to the ride.