Saturday, and although they’ve being doing construction outside my hotel window since 6:20am, I had enough intermittent sleep to feel alive today, and my headache isn’t so bad I have to stay in bed. The sky looks clearer although the AQI is still 100. In China, that’s considered “good”. Jesus. For comparison, AQI in many places in states is less than 20. Right now, in NC, where I used to live, the AQI is 24. In Zhangjiajie, where I am currently vacationing, it’s 131 for pm10 (bad) and 26 for pm2.5–which is actually good. But ugh. I’m still sniffling and sleep is rough when I cough all night... I might have been okay if I wasn’t stuck on the smoke-filled train. But I just bought an air ticket back to Changsha, so I don’t have to deal with that!
Anyway, I feel well enough to join my comrades for a day of sightseeing. Doesn’t look like we will be doing much hiking—don’t think my friend is much of a hiker, but boy can she get a million sights seen in one day and on little to no sleep... impressive! We will take the cable cars that I saw in town yesterday, up to Tiammen Mountain. I’m psyched... this means I will get a bit of mountain in! More later!