Monday, March 16, 2009

Guilin / Yangshuo

Wet peddler

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One of Bev's one rmb payoff

Tim and Bev enjoy a great coffee at coffee house right down the street from our hotel.
Our little electric scooter
Friday rain from under my umbrella
Carved Bone and horn trinkets
Shantin pomelo

Li River
Karst mountains

Two hour river ride

In one ethnic group girls throw these balls to boys the like
Bicycle repair shop

In front of the Tribe Bar our hotel

This past three day weekend we took a trip to Yangshuo, China. This has to be one of the most beautiful places in the world.

We went with are very good friends from the Valley, Gail and Shirley Puryear. We flew to Guilin on Thursday night and were picked up at the airport and taken to our hotel in Yangshuo, China. They waited up to let us into our rooms at the Tribe Bar. We had rooms with balconies that faced the Li River. Friday it rained hard and was cold. After meeting our wonderful guide and having breakfast everyone but Tim decided to tour one of the many caves created in the same way as the topography. Due to the wearing away of the very thick layer of limestone. Tim walked around town in the rain and took photographs until early afternoon. He also discovered a great little cafe that served fantastic lattes and deserts. In the afternoon we toured a village that had many examples of Chinese ethnic minority living with culture. Bev and Tim did the full body massage that evening while Gail and Shirley scouted out great evening establishments serving two for one refreshment until 11:00 pm!

On Saturday we rented electric motor bikes and did a all day ride around the countryside. While out we came upon a team setting up a hot air balloon. After much discussion Gail and Tim decided to take a one hour ride. It was awesome, some pics are on the next blog post. That evening we went to the world famous Liu Sanjie Impressions lightshow. This is a spectacular  must see performance that uses over 600 performers many from the local Zhuang minority group with much of the acting singing and dancing taking place on the Li River.

Sunday morning we toured a open market that was 25 k. from our town. It was huge and only happens twice a month. Bev was handing out money while Ping Ping asked permission for Tim to take pictures. This was a lot of fun. We also toured a very old village before going back to town for our trip back to the airport in Guilin and Shenzhen.

Visit this site for more information

And this for info on the Light Show.