Gele shan in Chongqing
Meeting time was at 9:30 at Shapingba metro station (Nowadays you can already take metro directly to Leishimu station, which will get you close to the gates of SISU).
From Shapingba we changed to bus number 210 and drove 5 stations directly in front of the gate of SIUS university. Station name chuanwai (川外).
Audrey picked us up at the gate and we followed her to the base of Gele mountain. Still inside of the campus, right next to a training ground. Even the dormitories are on the same ground where former POW camp was located.
First stop on our visit is the former prison of CRA officer Ye Ting, now called the Martyrs’ Memorial or if you want the Baigong guan. Admission is for free(or 30RMB depends if you are a student) and you can roam around the former POW grounds freely, bring your own food and simply have a picnic inside the compound. The whole area is relatively large, but we are visiting just the most important building accessible from SISU campus. Having our first, but not last, snack and turning back to a side track that will lead us to the Gele mountain peak. More about Martyrs’ Memorial.
The climb was steep and we got tired quickly. Chongqings humidy never falling under 70% was taking its toll on us and we were sweating and pounding as ascending to what seemed a never-ending set of steps. As we climbed, the sky darkened more and more and eventually rain drops occurred. It was not strong, but annoying. Girls were afraid to get too wet and tried to convince me to turn back. “Not an option. We are going to make it to the top today.”
On the way my new 600D camera records faces, moods and achievements of our little group. I must say the 50mm lens is great for making portraits. Comparing to my former Nikon coolpix…well you can not compare Skoda with Aston Martin, can you? Though portraits are beautiful and in great quality, the landscape can not be captured at all. One of my first walks with such an equipment and I already see the drawbacks also. Heavy, large and not easily to store camera that gives you opportunity to make great pictures under given circumstances. As I like capturing also the nature and landscape a different lense would be a better choice.
Challenging hike, beautiful views and plenty of amusement…all of that can be found on Gele mountain in Chongqing. Hope to come back one day. It is a really nice place to hang out.