Guiyang to Wuhan, Day 5, June 12 – Adam Pflugrath

Today marked the last day of the ICMGP conference and our final day in Guiyang.  Our morning was spent listening to the final presentations, packing, followed by lunch, the intriguing plenary presentations and more packing! Fitting all of our new gifts and keepsakes in our suitcases was a little bit of a problem, but I can only imagine it will be SO much worse when we fly out of Beijing next Thursday.  The presentations ended by 1530 hours; however our flight to Wuhan was scheduled to depart at 2250 hours, so we had a lot of time to kill before our flight. 

We spent the rest of our last day in Guiyang between the end of the presentations and our trip to the airport at QianLing Park followed by yet another delicious Chinese dinner; the food to date has been amazing.  At QianLing Park, a special hideaway from bustling Guiyang composed of a few small mountains, vast forests, a monastery, a lake and monkeys!  Oddly enough we had to pay 6 CNY to enter the park for tickets and an insurance policy in case the monkeys maimed us; this was a promising sign.  However, despite the ominous insurance the monkeys were quite peaceful and were very friendly.  They were fairly difficult to find, partially due to the size of the park and the large number of people out soaking up the sun. 

The rest of the day was spent at the Guiyang airport awaiting our late night flight to Wuhan where we will spend the next 3 days.  I look forward to what tomorrow has in store, for I am extremely tired.  We are staying in a very environmentally friendly hotel which took Andrew and me a while to find out how to turn on the lights, until we realized the old put the key in a slot on the wall to turn on the electricity trick… forgot about that one.  Now it is finally time for bed, early wake up tomorrow for our first full day in Wuhan!