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Nov 9, 2016 - The mountain calm...

I’m on a train again…. This time from Guilin to Kunming…. After 5 days in the mountains in the south of China. Last time I wrote I was within the last few hours of my journey over to Guilin, the train journey which finished without incident. We arrived at Guilin station at about 4pm and, after waiting for all the pushing Chinese to get off the train, I made my way to the exit of the station. I was heading towards Yangshou – about 40 miles south east of Guilin and I had read that there were a few different ways of getting there. I could...

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Aug 10, 2016 - Yangshuo, Chine

Voici le lien à l'album en ligne - Link to online album: https://goo.gl/photos/UUuEYpqCpqAaAmTo8 Voici Yangshuo dans la province du sud de Guangxi. On voulait s'y rendre initialement en train mais un 31 heures en siège sans couchette nous emmena à faire l'achat de deux billets d'avion pour y arriver en 3 heures. NOT!!! Un bouchon de circulation monstre nous fait manquer notre vol qui est effectué qu'une seule fois par jour. On se tape donc deux heures à l'aéroport afin de trouver une chambre car notre vol est maintenant le lendemain soir...

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Apr 12, 2015 - More Yangshou

12 April 15, After a minor revolt on the part of our group we were promised todays “Hike” would not include any steps and it didn’t, all rather civilised walking along a concrete road provided by the government who also insist (and supply) power and running water to all villagers though it seems a lot prefer to drink their own well water and do their laundry in a creek. The Chinese don’t have a word for “creek” and Kiwis call a creek a “duch” (ditch). So it was after much discussion over this we set forth and soon came across a woman...

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Apr 12, 2015 - Yangshuo Cormorant Fishing

Glorious morning, sunny and cool. Breakfast in the hotel's rooftop garden overlooking Yangshuo and the surrounding karst mountains. I went to the Seven Stars Tearoom while Tom and Steve spent their last morning together at a Haufbrau house eating apfelkihle(?). After Steve left for Hainan, Tom and I went through the shops and cafes of West Street and the waterfront. Found everything from batiks to sesame sweets to South China Sea pearls. There are a fair number of western visitors here, especially backpackers, and a young man shouted "go...

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Apr 11, 2015 - Yangshuo Impressions Show

As soon as we arrived at AiYuan Hotel, we ordered two tickets for the Impressions Light Show, famous in Southeastern China. It is a spectacular night time performance on the Li River, staged by the film director who created the opening event for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The hotel receptionist collected the 200 yuan per ticket and spoke enough English to assure us that someone would pick us up that evening. It turned out to be quite an adventure! Near dark, a little round woman came into the lobby and motioned us to follow her. Outside...

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Apr 11, 2015 - Li River Cruise

The cruise down the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo was like moving through a Chinese landscape painting. The famous karst landscape, with mountains sticking straight up and receding into the mists in every direction, was hauntingly beautiful. Limestone makes the Li River a lovely shade of jade green. It twists and turns through the mountains, past tall stands of bamboo, ancient villages with fishing rafts and flocks of white ducks, kids driving water buffaloes down to the river and women rinsing clothes. Closer to Yangshuo, jungle hills...

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Apr 11, 2015 - Yangshou

11 April 15 Cruise on the River Li (lee) today from Guilin to Yangshou. A packed lunch was provided as the food provided is considered unsafe for us with delicate western stomachs. So the trip is 65km and took about 4 hours. Absolutely spectacular scenery, the sort of thing you see depicted in paintings with towering limestone mountains and the occasional waterfall coming out of nowhere. Lots of PVC faux bamboo rafts on the river too and the highlight was seeing a woman fall overboard from one. She was soon dragged from the water and from...

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Apr 1, 2015 - April Fools Day

Not only is Verne having a hard time remembering our room number, he can't remember what floor we are on! So disappointed at breakfast. There are mangos every where and all kinds of fresh fruit but there was none at breakfast! We went to pick out our bicycles. Verne wanted a mountain bike with about 50 gears on it! But we convince him to get the single speed with the saddle seat. We all hopped on our Giant pink bikes with the yellow basket and I immediately felt Chinese! We made it out of the city dodging cars and scooters and head into the...

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Dec 20, 2013 - Day 7

Today when we got up, instead of having a buffet breakfast, we had individual plates given to us. This is because we were the only people in the hotel.. So the chef came in just for us to make us a nice breakfast. When we were done, we went to a tea farm which was pretty cool. Tea is very big here so it was cool to see the tea bushes and we also got to taste the different types of tea. When we were done we went to lunch, which was very good. We had a few free hours after lunch so grandpa and Carol went to get massages. While they were...

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Dec 19, 2013 - Day 6

Today we went on a boat/ship down the Li River. The views were just breathtaking! The mountains on each side and the little hidden animals that people see inside of them are so fun! On the back of the Chinese $20 bill is a scene of a river and mountains and that picture is exactly where we were. One thing that was interesting were the fishing birds. The farmer would take the birds and tie there necks to this little boat made out of logs. As the bird would go to fetch the fish, it's throat wouldn't be open enough for it to eat it so...

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Oct 26, 2012 - Wednesday 24th October

This morning we took a four and a half hours trip down the River Li from ZhuJiang to Yangshuo County. Pleasant weather on the river. After about 3 hours the boat had to run up on the river's edge as the propellers had been fouled with discarded fishing nets! Lots of small villages along the river. Most of them only accessible by sampan. The sampans were either made out of bamboo or by the more innovative out of PVC piping! In the evening we went to see the most amazing folkloric show we have ever seen. It featured some of the local...

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Oct 7, 2012 - Xanadu

On the way back to Guilin we passed the turnoff to Xanadu. Further west, in Yunnan, is Shangri-La. I have to come back. Having grown up exploring the karst region of western Kentucky, home to the Mammoth/Flint Ridge cave system, the largest known in the world, my expectations for other caves are modest. Near Guilin we visited the Reed Flute Cave, and I’m still gathering the parts of me that were blown away. The lighting aesthetic inside the caverns was different than the US National Park Service.

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