Join the Mountaineers for a China Odyssey

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By Special to the Monitor

Join the Los Alamos Mountaineers Wednesday night in Fuller Lodge to hear Lorrie Bonds-Lopez recount her “China Odyssey” adventure. In 2008 Lorrie Bonds-Lopez and her husband joined two China scholars, Rikki and Jeff, for a three-week hiking/biking touring trip in the southwest of China.
First they visited Yangshuo (Guangxi province) and the surrounding countryside for mountain biking and bamboo rafting. Yangshuo is on the Li River and is surrounded by a karst landscape where there are hundreds of limestone hills dotting the countryside. The scenery here is a common subject of those mystical Chinese paintings as well as the inspiration for poetry.  
They also trekked between the guesthouses in the Longsheng Rice Terraces, and then finally to Dali and Lijiaang via train, terminating with trekking in the Tiger Leaping Gorge.
Tiger Leaping Gorge is a contender for the world’s deepest river canyon. It is around 15 km in length and consists of a series of rapids under steep (2,000 m) cliffs.
Legend has it that to escape from a hunter, a tiger jumped across the river at the narrowest point (still 25 meters wide), hence the name.

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