Every Monday we go to the beach with our outdoorsy friends from Australia and Great Britain. So when we were invited on a camping trip to an island we couldn’t turn that down. We bought a new tent from the best sporting good store in Dalian, Decathalon and packed our bags.
Monday morning 6:10 am we met on the Main Street Huanghe Lu between our apartment buildings and caught a taxi to the Dalian light rail train station. From there we bought a 8¥ ticket to the end of the line, Jin Shi Tan beach. When we arrived we took a taxi to the wharf telling the driver “my toe” because apparently in Chinese that means wharf. Not your toe my toe haha. Can you pass me that to-my-toe haha. Any who, we boarded the ferry and hit the top deck for some sunshine and good views. One of those ‘good’ views was a grandma holding her grand baby’s legs open so they can pee on the floor. Yah, in China during the warm weather many babies don’t have pants and if they do there’s a opening on the crotch so they can squat and let loose anywhere. Maybe we should do a post on our Summer time culture shocks because the list keeps growing. After 1.5 hours at sea we reach Guang Lu Dao Island, Changmai. Dao la which means we’ve arrived!
First thing we do when we arrive to the island is go register at the police station to avoid the trouble they went through last week. Only in China can you smoke in front of a no smoking sign in the police station with the police present. It’s more! The police register us from whatever information we tell them. You could be anybody from anywhere haha. Ahh China… These were either the luckiest or worst police jobs ever. With one officer saying in Chinese to his partner he’s about to go to sleep. Buddy, it’s 11:23am with the beach view from the front door and only 8 cops on the island. They had nothing to do. So we asked for a ride and the officer said yes. Off we go, police escorted to pitch tents anywhere we want on their island. He actually takes us to the same spot he picked our friends up from last week with no passports how nice of a guy man! We search, setup camp and hit the water. We’re sleeping on the beach tonight! When the sun goes down a bit the guys take a trip for water, beer and wood. Luckily for us have these fill yourself plastic flask so we bought a bottle of red wine and filled a pouch so we were already set. We have to cross through to 5ft tall moving water mini rivers to get to a store at a resort. We get beers and water and truck it back. Wood was more hard to come by on this island. It’s as if there was no proper wood to burn on the island. We found a stack of bamboo but we came face to face with the A1 Top flight security Island bamboo protector. I guess when there’s no wood on the whole island you have to have somebody to protect the little bit of hollow bamboo haha. He was more curious than serious so he let us walk off with the bamboo as he followed us and watched what we did from a close haha. China…up in your face straight up it is what it is…. I love it! We were building a structure to hang 5 hammocks but the weak bamboo just didn’t suffice. I’ve been more eager and inspired to build things with my hands ever since I started this invention journey. I built a few structures for shade around the campsite and real men dig with their hands yah! For dinner the first night we had pepper, onion, tomato tacos with baked beans, Ital! Surprisingly we slept in a bit and rose around 6:45am to fruit breakfast and morning swims. We showered in the ocean, cleaned up a bit and jumped back in the water for some games. We left that spot about 3pm taking all our trash and bottles with us crossing duck farms and rivers much lower this time. Our British friend Leigh spots a outdoor shower and takes off so we drop bags and grab a quick wash too. Fresh with dry clothes now and off to find somewhere to sleep tonight. This is where the adventure really starts, when you don’t know what is next lol. With our Australian friend Lex speaking enough Chinese to make people love us we found another ride back closer to the “my toe” so we didn’t have to make a 2/3 hour walk in the morning to catch our 7am ticket line opening for the 8am ferry. Quick question: What does “my toe” mean? Do you remember haha? If so answer in the comments and extra points for Chinese spelling and tones.
So we pay this guy 40rmb to give us a lift and when we see something we like we shout Hao la which mean it’s fine. Hop out and scout for a camp spot. After walking down the beach sometime I come across area with grass for sleeping, trees for hammocks, and the beach for a fire by the shops this time and away from everyone. We put our packs down and I check it out with Jimmy our friend from Britain. It’s a go lets pitch tents, lay hammocks and chill. Shortly after, Leigh, Lex, and Lee went to buy coals. Jimmy and I scavenged for proper wood and brown. Flashlights on, waves crashing, moonlight and fireworks going off across the island. IRIE vibes! We cooked dinner on the worlds most bug infested beach there were bugs everywhere. Good thing they didn’t bite or we wouldn’t have slept as good as we did that night on 3ft tall grass matted under your tarp and blanket. We’ve never seen more stars in the sky anywhere in the world not even Cape Breton Island, Canada. It’s something I know I will cherish forever. I think i saw every star there was to see that night haha. Nonetheless, we slept in until 6am then packed up our stuff, brushed our teeth and started hiking to the ticket line at the wharf. Jimmy and Leigh made their breakfast again on their cool burner making bacon, sausage, baked beans a boiled egg and tea. We boarded the faster ferry this time which got us back to Jin Shi Tan in 40 minutes tops. Hiked to a bus where we used our bags to take up a seat until an older person came on the bus because nobody will get up for them. Guess why not, probably because there isn’t a sign saying so. Chinese people follow the rules so much it’s scary. We saw a lady race to beat the old lady to the seat we were offering the older lady until Jimmy blocked her off with his pack haha. Crazy… We took the light rail back to Dalian and once again home sweet home.
Life is about doing what you love. At the end of the day you should love your life. We all have to make sacrifices to get where we want to be. And it’s not always easy to get through. But tough times don’t last tough people do. So when you make a plan and set some goals and reward yourself with what you love rather than what you want you can accomplish more than you think in life. They say we overestimate what we can accomplish in a day and underestimate what we can accomplish in a year. Keep working your plan and stay focused on what it is you want and watch how happy you become. And don’t forget to stretch daily and workout. A fit body leads to a happy mind and everything else falls into place. It’s alarming to see the physical ability and state of our older people in the states versus China. If you don’t use it you lose it and that’s what everything. Read more books to work different parts of your brain and get back to the natural way of life and the human being. Much Love.
Don’t wait to live.
Sice your life!
Peace and Love.
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