|Today we were to experience a bike tour of the countryside around Yangshuo....we divided into three groups..(Errol and Kaye and Barb and I) and with a local guide for each group headed out on our way........"Yuan" took us out past the Li River where we witnessed the light and sound show yesterday......we stopped to take some pictures on East Street..... one in particular of a bridge with a sign on it saying "the days aren't pass".........we finally figured out what it meant......"no crossing the bridge during the day".....since we had seen people walking on the bridge the night before. We made our way out of town following the roadway thru another a small village before turning off into the country. We came across locals harvesting rice, others irrigating the fields then stopping work and running after us asking us to take their picture; grandmothers tending to their grandchildren, carrying them in baskets hung from poles slung across their shoulders, chasing us down the road so that we would take pictures of the kids...only five yuan... and a wise old man with his pet owl......only two yuan for a picture...we made our way to Moon Hill....an interesting rock formation....and climbed our way to the top, some 1,250 steps, where we had some spectacular views of the area around Yangshuo. We then made our way to the home of our guide Yuan, where we met Yuan's son Jiacheng and his grandmother. Yuan also has a daughter, Chin Ching, but she was away at playschool in Yangshuo. We had lunch, prepared by Yuan's mother....chicken, scrambled eggs with tomato, vegetables and rice....it was delicious. After lunch we had a look around the area surrounding Yuan's home.....the rice paddies, the Camel Crossing River and then made our way back to Yangshuo. In the evening we went to watch the local fishermen catch fish with cormorant birds, a local tradition.....the birds have cords tied around their necks to prevent them from swallowing the fish when they catch them. The birds are retrieved from the water by the fishermen who then squeeze the fish out of the birds' throats into a basket and then return the birds to the water to catch more fish....it is quite an interesting exercise......