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Yangshuo was everything I anticipated and more!! We were up and at it on our first full day. Primed with a full breakfast, we set off to go rafting. Rafting sounds far more adventurous than our trip was, but it couldn't have been more enjoyable!!  Getting on the raft was the first challenge as they were all moored together and we had to negotiate walking across all the rafts to ours. I was with Didi and my guide just scooped him up and bounced across and deposited him on our raft. We were on 10 pieces of bamboo skillfully tied together and sat in deck chairs while our guide used a long pole to propel us downstream. every so often we would come to a concrete weir where we would drop over to the next level, a little like rapids!!  Along the way there were loads of photographers taking happy snaps and then selling prints on moored rafts kitted out with full computer paraphernalia, powered with an extension cord dropped into the water and I presume plugged in somewhere on the bank! The scenery was stunning. The karst peaks and mountain ranges were more beautiful than I'd imagined and the mists and soft, muted colours blended beautifully. It had been suggested that we do this trip early in the day to avoid the hordes of tourists traveling during the Qing Ming festival.

Arriving at our destination we wandered around a little market and watched the rafts being hoisted onto tractors to be driven back upstream.  We started walking home and then the kids were starting to tire, so jumped in a tuk tuk to take us home to Moon Hill Scenic Village.

After trying to get some local lunch and being told there was about a two hour wait, we headed back up to our hotel restaurant for some dumplings. 
That evening we went to the highly recommended Liu Sanjie Impressions light show. Which was amazing! The stage was about a kilometre deep and was part of the river and surrounded by more karst peaks. The number of performers was enormous and each scene seemed to outdo the one before!

The next morning we joined forces with an American family of 6, who reversed our numbers by being 2 adults to 4 children, hired a van and went to visit an old Ming fishing village called Xing Ping- best known for being very close to the actual site of the picture on the back of the 20RMB note. It included a long boat trip along the Li River and meandered through farmland, past fishermen (some with cormorants) and of course more karst peaks and cliffs. 
After a pizza dinner we were early to bed for our last night in the gorgeous Yangshuo Village Inn.

Our last morning we headed down to the Dragon Cave. Randomly we would have been charged 108RMB at the gate, but a woman on a bike told me she could get us in for 60. How? Why? Sometimes better not to question these china deals... But her price worked and our tickets let us in and onto a boat before going through various well lit caves to look at stalactites and stalagmites and reflections in still water pools. There were a number of short boat trips and lots of stairs and walking too. Along the way I made up a story about the cave being the home of a Chinese princess to keep Jie Jie entertained!!

After the cave we caught another tuk tuk home, packed up and checked out. Loaded ourselves into a van to take us to Guilin. 

What a wonderful time we had in Yangshuo!!

Posted by aboo10 05:11 Archived in China Tagged landscapes mountains family_travel

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Sounds wonderful, can't wait to hear more travel stories face to face next week!

by aunty marnie

what an adventure! amazing! jumping onto the rafts would have been fun??!

by aunty Libby

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