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Lao Jie Ling
This is one of the locations for the head-waters of the Yellow River, so we went mountain hiking! We met at the foot of the big mountain and rode a shuttle bus upwards a little ways. Then we were given two options ~ hike the mountain yourself or ride a cable car up about half-way for 50 RMB both ways. Some of our group took the cable car, but my family and some of the rest decided to walk it. The stairs were steep, but the scenery was gorgeous. After sitting in a bus for 7 hours (our 2.5 hour trip took a lot longer due to rain and getting incredibly lost about 5 times), you have no idea how nice it was just to stretch our legs. Only a couple people made it to the top, but it was too foggy to see much of a view there. For those of us who went only part way, we got to follow a long hand-directed waterfall railing thing where they channeled water down from the top of the mountain. If you went about 1/3 of the way up the mountain, you could catch a long granite slide that went about 1/2 back downhill again. It made for a ton of laughs :)
Zhenping Jade Market
This is a massive ancient marketplace, with hundreds of shops set up into long rows of buildings along the street. It's known as the Jade Market, but there are actually a ton of other products sold along there as well. This is where a lot of the merchants buy their jade in bulk from the makers, to then re-sell to consumers in jewelry stores. You are supposed to get a pretty good discount here, although I didn't find anything. The history of the place, the small carnival going on nearby, and the sweet people made it worth our while though :)