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Asia » China » Guangxi » Yangshuo September 14th 2016

Ces deux derniers jours, on a vécu des montagnes russes d’émotions! On trippe sur les paysages et les activités qu’on fait ici, mais maudit qu’on déteste l’ambiance générale axée sur le tourisme. Nous autres, on s’en sacre d’habitude que ce soit touristique. Ex à Santorini, en Grèce, c’était hyper touristique, bondé de monde, avec des serveurs qui essaient de t’attirer dans leur restaurant et des psychopathes à kodak partout. C’est la même chose dans certains quartiers de Paris, et à Barcelone, à New York, un peu partout, bref! Mais ici, le problème, c’est qu’on se sent comme des machines à cash et on a l’impression que les Chinois d’ici, ceux qui vivent du tourisme, sont tous arrangés ensemble pour nous vendre le plus possible, profiter de nous et nous donner les mauvaises infos. Il n’y a ... read more
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Asia » China » Guangxi » Yangshuo September 12th 2016

J'ai chaud. Je pense que je n'ai jamais eu aussi chaud de toute ma vie. J'ai plus chaud qu'à Cuba, qu'en Grèce, que n'importe où ailleurs. À Pékin, il faisait chaud (30-35 degrés). Ici, c'est ultra chaud (40-45 degrés... à l'ombre). Quand le soleil sort, tu te sens comme un oeuf sur une plaque électrique. J'ai tellement sué que mes cheveux sont aussi mouillés que si je m'étais baignée, mon maquillage m'a barbouillé les yeux de brun et mes shorts sont trempes bord en bord jusqu'à mes bobettes. Asti qu'on est ben LOL. Donc bref. On est à Yanghsuo, dans le Sud de la Chine et ici, c'est un climat tropical. Il fait chaud et humide et t'es mieux de te faire à l'idée que tu vas te sentir propre à peu près deux minutes dans ... read more
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Asia » China » Guangxi » Yangshuo November 1st 2015

Sunday 1st November 2015 We checked out of the apartment and flagged down a taxi at midday to take us 20 mins and £2.80 later to Chengdu East Railway station. Here we would board the train south to Guilin which would take 25 hours. We had 2 hours to wait in the train station, so stocked up on noodles and various other snacks to keep us fed and watered during the trip. We had a McDonald's lunch and when the time came to get the train we joined the queue of people at the ticket barrier for what we knew would be a mad rush. We don't really understand why, but despite people having reserved seats/beds which you have to have on this train, people went absolutely berserk rushing and shouting their way through the ticket ... read more
Gemma, bike and view
Gemma on her bunk
Karst peaks and a water buffalo

Asia » China » Guangxi » Yangshuo September 15th 2015

Früh aufstehen, schnell die Wäsche holen und fertig packen. Irgendwann fragte Thorben nach, wann wir losgehen sollten, aber die drei Mädels waren tiefenentspannt. Letztlich stellte sich heraus, dass wir zwei der Dreiradtaxen zur schnelleren Fortbewegung mieten würden: Die Fahrt war sagen wir interessant, das "Auto" ging fast aus als es den Berg hoch musste und wir saßen direkt auf dem Motor, der extrem interessant klang. Knatterte im Prinzip die ganze Zeit. Natürlich waren wir vor allen anderen da, die kamen aber auch gleich darauf und schließlich ging es los. Der Bus war im Prinzip wie jeder Deutsche Reisebus, nur holpriger und dazu wurde die ganze Zeit gehupt. Die Stunde Fahrt ging schnell vorbei und kurz vor Ende wurden wir mit dieser Landschaft belohnt: (Der Ausblick kam natürlich nicht von der Fahrt, aber zum Bild sag ich ... read more
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Asia » China » Guangxi » Yangshuo August 23rd 2015

Am Donnerstag schlafe ich in Ruhe aus - schließlich regnet es heute und es ziehen dicke Wolken durch die Reisfelder. Ein schöner Anblick, auch wenn ich dem Abstieg im Dauerregen nicht mit Wohlwollen entgegen trete. Ich starte mit der französischen Truppe Richtung Bus, wo sich unsere Wege dann trennen werden. 9 Franzosen auf einen Haufen, das wird mir mit der Zeit zu anstrengend, auch wenn ich meine Sprachkenntnisse auffrischen kann. Der Busfahrer gibt auf dem Weg nach Yangshouh alles, um mich nah an den Rand eines Herzinfarktes zu bringen. Schließlich sind die engen Gebirgsstraßen nicht für Massentourismus ausgelegt. In Yangshou selber folge ich dem Tipp von Philipp und starte mein Hostelexperiment im 6 Betten Schlafsaal für 11 EUR für 2 Nächte. Ich teile mir das Zimmer mit zwei chinesischen Kletterern, die leider nicht so kommunikationsfreudig sind. ... read more
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Asia » China » Guangxi » Yangshuo June 15th 2015

China!!! This is one place from the get go we were really excited about. The language barrier, the culture difference and the sites we had read about. Who wouldn't want to see the Terracotta Warriors, climb The Great Wall of China or see Pandora from Avatar in real life? Plus with the scale of China (with it being bigger than the whole of Europe put together) we could not begin to imagine the diverse scenery and culture we would encounter. Bearing this in mind, it surprised us that western tourism was relatively low. Not that we complained but it just sounded like a great country so we thought more people would feel the same too. Don't get us wrong, we did have some reservations; we had heard about the loud noisy journeys, some unsanitary habits and ... read more
Admiring the views of the Li river.
Bamboo rafts on the Li river.
Cycling amongst the rocky karsts.

Asia » China » Guangxi » Yangshuo June 12th 2015

'One day it started raining, and it didn’t quit for four months. We been through every kind of rain there is. Little bitty stingin’ rain… and big ol’ fat rain. Rain that flew in sideways. And sometimes rain even seemed to come straight up from underneath. Shoot, it even rained at night...' - Forrest Gump The last few weeks have been pretty wet. Wet and hot. A guy at work told me the rain would last for 2 months. Ha I thought, no way. I come from England, 'I've seen proper rain. Turns out he was right. This time of year things get pretty moist. Still, the massive amounts of rain have been really watering the plants. Everything is getting really lush and green. The track I go running on has turned into a jungle. It's ... read more
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Asia » China » Guangxi » Yangshuo May 20th 2015

Wednesday 20 May - Yangshuo We were supposed to enjoy and experience hiking in an early morning, the sunrise on the summit of Longji Rice Terraces. However, I set the alarm clock, got dressed at 6.15am, walked down stairs and looked outside. It was pouring with rain. So I turned around and went back into our room and went back to sleep!!!! I bit disappointing but we had a great viewing the day before. We then had to walk down the steep steps in the rain. We took it slowly and all went well. Fortunately, we had a different local bus driver who drove steadily and cautiously down the mountain back to where we had stored our larger bags. We were all very relieved!! We got back into our minivan and drove to Yangshuo from Longji, ... read more
Flooded Yi River through Yangshuo (4)
Countryside from Yangshuo to Guilin (6)
West Street in Yangshuo (8)

Asia » China » Guangxi » Yangshuo May 18th 2015

The food here is both various and abundant. Wherever you are you can be sure there is somewhere to eat nearby. Whether it be from a dusty street food vendor selling dumplings and pastries, to full blown shiny restaurants complete with private rooms and revolving tables. There is something here for everybodys tastes. The range of cuisines I've found so far are; Chinese, Korean, Indian and Western. In fact some of the Western food is better than that found at home. I'm a big fan of the burgers at the Giggling Tree hotel just outside town by the Yulong river. That's not to say that the food isn't without its minefields. I'm a fan of chilllies and never shy away from the challenge of chucking a few in my mouth but every now and again one ... read more
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Asia » China » Guangxi » Yangshuo May 1st 2015

At last a blogging website that you can open on the internet in China. Soon I will write a more extensive entry. In the meantime here are some photos from Yangshuo and the surrounding area. Yangshuo is situated in the south-west of China in the Guangxi province (pronounced 'gwang-shee'). If you're like me and you still can't picture where it is, imagine where China joins the rest of south-east Asia. That is where Yangshuo is, very close to Vietnam and Laos. I've heard from unreliable sources that it's possible to get a sleeper train from Nanning (the capital of Guangxi) to Hanoi in Vietnam. You can see the map to better picture where it is. My flight arrived in Guilin airport, about 1 1/2 hours from Yangshuo. As soon you arrive you notice the landscape. Surrounding ... read more
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