Apart from the ever-present mosquito threat, Yangshuo is a bit of a rural paradise (aside: I have a pretty good way of avoiding the mozzies – stay close to Karen. They seem to prefer the taste of her blood to mine). There was loads to keep us occupied. We went swimming in the river, took a walk into Yangshuo and back (about 3h round trip), hired some bikes to explore the countryside and took a bamboo raft down the Yulong river.
We even got to pretend we were real explorers when our walk to the “Lost Plateau” behind the hostel turned out to be a bit more challenging than expected. The path was slightly more overgrown than advertised – we were warned good shoes were required but really needed a couple of machetes to find the path down the other side. No harm done (apart from a couple of falls and some thorns in my head).
|The "Lost Plateau" - we nearly were|
|"Who you looking at?"|
|I cooked all that!|
We had to dodge the odd thunderstorm but that was fine because it took the edge off the humidity. The food was good, the scenery was idyllic and it was a very relaxing week; a perfect end to our Chinese adventures.
Now we’ve just got a short stopover in Nanning before getting the bus to Hanoi (note to self: must learn Vietnamese on the bus).
I’ll leave you with a selection of the best photos from Yangshuo. As ever, click on the photos link on the right for loads more. I'll try and upload a few more videos from the past few weeks' adventures too.
|Cooking with gas|
|Rice paddies and karst hills around Yangshuo|
|The swimming pool|
|Chinese farmer with water buffalo|
|More karst and rice|
|Bamboo rafts on the Yulong river|
|Our new breakfast buddy|
|Us, bamboo rafting on the Yulong river|
|Ah, young love (or in this case, two models getting eaten by mosquitos)|
|Distant karst hills|
Next Stop: Hanoi