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Zharu Valley Eco-Tourism Hike Day One Posted by on Jan 19, 2013 in Buddhism, Culture, environment, religion, sightseeing, travel, Vocabulary

The other day, I wrote an article about our 3-day eco-tourism hike in the Zharu Valley near Jiuzhaigou National Park. I’ve been living in China for almost four years now, and in that time I have traveled to many places and experienced many adventures. This one in particular stands out above the rest, and I believe I will always count it as one of the best experiences of my life, and not just my time in China. It was challenging, rewarding, and eye-opening, and it reinvigorated my love for traveling and learning about the fascinating language and culture of China (and other countries, for that matter). Of course, I brought both of my cameras along on the hike. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video must be worth a million. Here are the highlights from the first day of our backpacking trek in northern Sichuan:

生态旅游 – shēng tài lǚ yóu



背包客 – bèi bāo kè



扎如沟 – zhā rú gōu

Zharu Valley


扎依扎嘎 – zhā yī zhā gā

Zha Yi Zha Ga Mountain


苯波教 – běn bō jiào

Benbo religion



wǒ men zài zhè lǐ xiū xi yí xià

We took a rest here.


导游 – dǎo yóu

tour guide


采摘浆果 – cǎi zhāi jiāng guǒ

pick berries


瀑布 – pù bù



加油! – jiā yóu

Come on! (lit. “add oil”)


窝棚 – wō péng



茶, 沙丁鱼, 和方便面

chá, shā dīng yú hé fāng biàn miàn

tea, sardines, and instant noodles


白酒 – bái jiǔ

rice liquor


够了吗? – gòu le ma

Is it enough?


够了! – gòu le

It’s enough!

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About the Author: sasha

Sasha is an English teacher, writer, photographer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they're currently trying the digital nomad lifestyle across Latin America.

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