Our hike began and PingAn and was scheduled to take 4 - 5 hours to DaZhai village along these lovely stone pathways. It was gorgeous every step of the way. The sign Jason is standing next to says "no photos while walking." :)
Unfortunately for us, the path was NOT well marked at all. We'd been told we could ask for directions in the small villages along the way, but the locals refused to point us in the right direction, insisting instead to be our guide (for a fee of course!). At one point we were literally running to get away from one of the women who had decided to "guide" us even though we'd refused very directly.
So .... all that being said, the hike took us 8 - 9 hours and we ended up walking on a desserted highway after dark, in the pouring rain. Not exactly what we'd imagined! We eventually stumbled into Dazhai and took the first room offered to us. The next morning when we awoke, this was the view from our window! Amazing!
Looking a bit tired, but still enjoying the gorgeous scenery.