Sikou Scenic Area / 寺口风景区: Do you have a head for heights?

Sikou Scenic Area / 寺口风景区 /Zhongwei; Ningxia Province 2011

Sikou Scenic Area / 寺口风景区

 Margie and I looked at each other, looked at the dodgy hanging bridge disappearing into the mist, remembered having seen some missing wooden planks from below and decided no, this definitely wasn’t worth it!

Sikou Scenic Area / 寺口风景区

A park ranger offered us a harness, but even that failed to convince us and, apologetically, we beat a hasty retreat.

The Sikou Scenic Area is a striking area of sandstone gorges. It’s a fantastic place if you love clambering over rocks and don’t suffer from vertigo. If your idea of fun is getting pleasure from clinging on to rusty chains as you scramble along narrow paths, with only a flimsy railing separating you from an abyss of several hundred meters, then Sikou is for you.

Sikou Scenic Area / 寺口风景区

The highlight of a visit to Sikou is crossing the gorge on a near 100- meter long, swaying suspension bridge, a precarious looking structure, made of rusty cables and wooden planks, many of which are  missing. I imagine the views must be spectacular, weather permitting.

Sikou Scenic Area / 寺口风景区

However, neither Margie nor I have much of a head for heights; I get vertigo just standing on a Continue reading “Sikou Scenic Area / 寺口风景区: Do you have a head for heights?”