A Unique Expereince
If you read the theme blogs, you know that we had some special experiences in Yangshou. It is a "small" community of about 300,000. It is tagged a "back packer" town - and that it is. We took a 3 hour boat ride (racing other boats) up the river from Guilin. It was a great ride! The boat was questionable and sported a tag "Sanitized"which made us wonder what that meant! We shared a table with a newly married Italian couple (on a honeymoon across China) and a Mom and son from Beijing vacationing in the south. Food on the boat was surprisingly appetizing but somewhat mysterious.
What is most important is that it was a totally stunning ride. The Li River winds through inverted cones of limestone. The swirling fog (and it poured rain at times) made it so surreal. It was a time in the past, maybe a movie scene. It took at least 500 pictures on the digital cameras to come close to capturing the totally amazing ride.
We arrived in Yangshou to find the "back pack" community. It is quaint and really stunning scenary. It is mostly poor - people constantly followed us and asked for money from us. It is quite rural as well. So, we dived into our expereince. It often rained (heavily) and was tremendously hot and humid.
We took off on a bicycle tour (see separate blog). It was a truly cultural expereince - in intense heat. A local cold beer afterwards was never more appreciated!! The hotel was, well - uniquely Chinese. It was quite nice but not quite the comfort of hotels we had grown accustomed to.
At night, we experienced the most amazing light and sound show. It needs a separeate blog -- produced by the director of the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. When you are amazed by what you see, you will see what we expereincecd at night in Yanshou on the banks of the Li River. Nearly 1000 performers ... on the river!
See vide clip:
The cooking class was our highlight. We have to blog that one separately! We did return early to Guilin - where we got to see the Panda Bears at the local zoo and sit in air conditioning in the hotel.