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Asia » China » Guangxi » Yangshuo April 4th 2013

The next day I met Dennis at 9.15am ready to take me to my calligraphy lesson. I was the only one who had decided to take up this option, the others preferring to find some early morning coffee! It also turned out to be the only person having a calligraphy lesson and so sat in the open shop front with beautiful calligraphy paintings and writing hanging all round the walls. It was so still and quiet I really felt so calmed and relaxed and able to concentrate on what I was doing. First I was shown the calligraphy set that all Chinese calligraphers own. It consists of an ink stone/stick with golden dragon filigree work holding it together, a little pot of water that is poured into a shallow dish where the ink stick is rubbed ... read more
Calligraphy practice grids
Enjoying my calming calligraphy lesson in Yangshuo
Enjoying my calming calligraphy lesson in Yanshuo

Asia » China » Guangxi » Yangshuo April 3rd 2013

After our much needed afternoon nap we met up with the others to go by taxi with our cookery teacher to the local market where we would check out the produce we'd be using in our lesson. Before we set off our teacher had asked us if we minded seeing the animals for sale as meat. We figured it was better to see things how they really are rather than shy away from difficult sights for western eyes and followed her into the market wondering what horrors we would actually see. First was the huge fruit, vegetables and dried goods section. We saw so many weird looking and colourful fruits and vegetables from massive cucumbers to mangasteens, giant Chinese water melons and pomelos. We also saw lotus roots and a massive table piled high with chillies, ... read more
Bamboo shoot bundles
Cooked whole dogs and terrified cats in a cage
The fruit and veg market at Yangshuo

Asia » China » Guangxi » Yangshuo April 3rd 2013

We set off to explore damp but bustling Yangshuo, a small town on the Li River surrounded by beautiful karst mountains and paddy fields, in Guangxi province. Until the late 1980s it was just a little rural marketplace but then the tourists started to arrive in Yangshuo at the end of their cruise from Guillin. The place became very popular and is now something of a tourist gem with plentiful restaurants and activities on offer. Sadly this means that omnipresent McDonalds and KFC dominate part of the entrance to the main town centre. Side-stepping these mingers we picked a far more salubrious restaurant for brunch. The circular tables all had 'lazy Susans' for rotating the shared dishes. Dennis teaches us some more Chinese to use when in restaurants. So we learn you have to literally SHOUT ... read more
Setting off to explore slightly damp Yangshuo
Minging McDonalds is literally polluting the world
Colourful fruits for sale

Asia » China » Guangxi » Yangshuo April 3rd 2013

Arriving in the morning we see the scenery has changed and there are the amazing limestone peaks (or karsts) that I've so been longing to see. They were formed years ago when changes in sea levels and erosion from rainwater caused the caves that had formed to collapse leaving the peaks that are seen today. Dennis tells us that during the second world war some of the larger caves in this region were used to hide airplanes. We are very near Guillin, which translates as 'forest of osmanthus' from a famous poem that Dennis read to us. He explained that the poetry expressed the emotions that the rain and mist of the area provokes. The region has 9 ethnic minority groups including one muslim one. According to our tour guide this region, along with Tibet, was ... read more
Extended umbrellas attached to the mopeds
Poncho style rain gear for the mopeds
View of the misty mountains

Asia » China » Guangxi » Yangshuo February 10th 2013

Yangshuo Aka Western backpacker heaven. Yangshuo is an outdoors enthusiasts dreamworld. It's located 40 km downstream from Guilin where the Yulong joins the Li River. Popular activities include bike riding, rock climbing, river hiking, rafting, cave exploring, and kayaking. Just outside of Yangshuo are countless farming villages all within a half-day's bike ride. The roads are not very well signed so it's pretty common for people to ask the local for directions. This place was awesome. 3 days just wasn't enough time to enjoy all that Yangshuo had to offer. I wish I could have stayed here longer. In fact, almost everyone I've talked to since has said Yangshuo was the highlight of their trip and that they too wish they could've stayed there longer! Simply put, it's amazing. The restaurants of Yangshuo feature Chinese and ... read more
Yangshuo Rooftop
Monkey Jane's Amazing Rooftop Bar
Monkey Jane's Amazing Rooftop Bar

Asia » China » Guangxi » Yangshuo February 10th 2013

Yangshuo Aka Western backpacker heaven. Yangshuo is an outdoors enthusiasts dreamworld. It's located 40 km downstream from Guilin where the Yulong joins the Li River. Popular activities include bike riding, rock climbing, river hiking, rafting, cave exploring, and kayaking. Just outside of Yangshuo are countless farming villages all within a half-day's bike ride. The roads are not very well signed so it's pretty common for people to ask the local for directions. This place was awesome. 3 days just wasn't enough time to enjoy all that Yangshuo had to offer. I wish I could have stayed here longer. In fact, almost everyone I've talked to since has said Yangshuo was the highlight of their trip and that they too wish they could've stayed there longer! Simply put, it's amazing. The restaurants of Yangshuo feature Chinese and ... read more
Yangshuo Rooftop
Monkey Jane's Amazing Rooftop Bar
Monkey Jane's Amazing Rooftop Bar

Asia » China » Guangxi » Yangshuo February 9th 2013

It was an easy decision to decide to spend the Chinese New Year holiday break in the pretty town of Yangshuo. Months ago I booked accommodation at the Yangshuo Village Retreat which is actually in a small village a couple of kilometres from the bustle of tourism in Yangshuo itself. Leaving Guilin by bus we were hit by the first 'tourist' scam of the trip. As we approached the bus station a busboy greeted us on the footpath with 'Yangshuo?' And at our nods proceeded to lead us through the rows of buses to the Yangshuo bus - all very usual for a Chinese bus station. However after loading our bags aboard it came up with a sheaf of tickets and told us the price was 200 yuan each and the bus would go soon. Knowing ... read more
The Li River in Yangshuo
Hanging the New Year banners
Jerry and New Year colour in local park

Asia » China » Guangxi » Yangshuo February 9th 2013

We were thankful we’d booked a hotel near the airport the night before we left Shanghai. It was walking distance to Terminal 1 at Hongqiao. Small problem... we were going from Terminal 2. Enquiries at reception revealed the presence of an airport transfer service. It was a first come, first seved basis and cannily we showed up for the earlier one about 20 minutes early. This enabled us to actually get a seat on the bus in amongst all the luggage that everyone seemed to have. The weirdest thing so far travelling throughout South East Asia is the sheer amount of crap that everyone travels with. Fair enough, you’ve got your standard luggage but everyone seems to be travelling with an additional box or two. In the airport terminals the luggage trolleys are fully loaded and ... read more
Dave surrounded by Red Chinese lanterns
River near Yangshuo
View from rooftop terrace at night

Asia » China » Guangxi » Yangshuo December 6th 2012

Chapter 4 ‘Bro-Ho Yangshuo’: Where Malia meets Mountains The week after Mulan Shan flew over; we were all excitedly anticipating October Festival (celebrated on the first full moon of October I think). We’d been gradually booking up to travel to Yangshuo for this festival over the past few weeks, since it was the holidays we knew accommodation and train tickets would sell out fast. I don’t know if you all saw the pictures of the Great Wall at the beginning of October? These photos actually made British news and showed just how many people travel during the holidays. It’s quite an experience booking train tickets in China, they are released 12 days before each travelling date but for holidays this changes and is 15 days (I think)… Anyway Lauren and Dave attempted to get our train ... read more

Asia » China » Guangxi » Yangshuo November 23rd 2012

Oh, I love this day. From the moment I woke up and till now, I thanks god to give me this so nice day! Li River Cruise really can be the highlight of my China tour in Guilin. For the rainy day passed, it is cold and windy. But the moment after rain, it is so stunning to the Li River Cruise. The clouds hovered and made the interplace of hills become larger and larger. It seemed like to tell you that if you go along the river, something mysterious or particular will be showed. After a few hours, I was shocked and completely attracted what showing in front of me. Yangshuo, a lovely small town, has many featured architectures, bars, clubs, cafes and many unique small restaurants. Their owners all seemed are artists and make ... read more
Yangshuo




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