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The Bar Room => The Saloon Photo Album => Topic started by: Noodles on October 22, 2009, 05:07:17 AM

Title: Hot Air Balloon
Post by: Noodles on October 22, 2009, 05:07:17 AM
A terrible news story about a hot air balloon ride in Yangshuo. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8306919.stm (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8306919.stm)

More disturbing for me and the missus is that we went on that exact trip just a few weeks ago. A very beautiful trip, that before reading this story i would of recommended it to everyone, now i'm not so sure.

                                 (http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd320/noodles_72/DSC01104.jpg)

                                 (http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd320/noodles_72/DSC01105-1.jpg)

                                 (http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd320/noodles_72/DSC01094.jpg)

                                 (http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd320/noodles_72/DSC01101.jpg)

                                 (http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd320/noodles_72/DSC01086.jpg)

                                 (http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd320/noodles_72/DSC01090.jpg)

                                 (http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd320/noodles_72/DSC01095.jpg)

                                 (http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd320/noodles_72/DSC01100.jpg)
                 


Sorry my pictures do not really do it justice, breathtaking is the best word to describe it, but also as it turns out, pretty dangerous.
Title: Re: Hot Air Balloon
Post by: Yokie Kuma on October 22, 2009, 05:15:04 AM
What's with the balloon in the trees?
Title: Re: Hot Air Balloon
Post by: George on October 22, 2009, 08:51:38 AM
Glad you  made it before the accident, Yokie.
Title: Re: Hot Air Balloon
Post by: Lotus Eater on October 22, 2009, 09:05:39 AM
Fantastic view.  They will tighten up safety measures now, so it will be much safer!   ahahahahah
Title: Re: Hot Air Balloon
Post by: DaDan on October 22, 2009, 02:31:10 PM
I'll guess they inflaed it on the oad  trees, once nearly full they add hot air, thus lifting it off the trees.
`not the type hot air behind the chooks eyes that prevent thinking...   mmmmmmmmmm

Glad you  made it before the accident, Yokie.
bibibibibi
Title: Re: Hot Air Balloon
Post by: MK on October 22, 2009, 03:23:49 PM
That's so sad.  I did this too in Yangshuo a couple of years ago, and felt the balloonists were a little cavalier about things at times. 

It was a totally amazing ride, but at one point our pilot got a little too low and we came close to a cliff face and brushed over some trees on the way up (they go up and down between the limestone outcrops).  That was scary enough.  It was still fantastic though.

When you land you have like steep mountain on one side, rice paddies on the other and traffic passing by underneath until the last second  - crazy stuff.
Title: Re: Hot Air Balloon
Post by: Eagle on October 22, 2009, 04:19:56 PM
This definitely looks like something the missus and I would love to try in some distant future when the kinks are worked out in the upgrades that are sure to come.
Title: Re: Hot Air Balloon
Post by: Yokie Kuma on October 23, 2009, 01:43:40 AM
This definitely looks like something the missus and I would love to try in some distant future when the kinks are worked out in the upgrades that are sure to come.


Huh?  Kinks?  Upgrades?    I'm sure the above is already after the upgrades!