Mystical Rivers

Trip Start Jan 25, 2010
Trip End Mar 29, 2010

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Flag of China  , Guangxi Zhuang,
Monday, February 22, 2010

Yes I am still alive and as promised I have some nice photos to show you. I took a tour down the famous Li River on a foggy morning. We all knew the fog would impede our vision of the amazing karst peaks but our tour guide said it is much better this way because we could use our imagination -_-

However, once the boat started to drift towards our objective it became obvious that the fog simply made the peaks rather mystical and otherworldly. We were constantly boarded by people on rafts trying to sell us various goods. One American woman bought a jade figurine for 100 yuan and was very happy with her purchase until our guide decided to tell the group that anything sold by the rafting pirates was fake (the 'jade' is glass). Maybe a bit late for the now upset lady but it gave the rest of us a bit of a chuckle. At one point we came across a cliff where the eroded surface was supposed to resemble 9 horses. It is said that if you find all 9 horses on your first trip then you will become the greatest Chinese scholar of all time. We also passed an area which is featured on the 20 yuan bill. Overall the Li River is very impressive, but I was in for a shock when I visited the Yulong River the next day.

I rented a bike and rode into rural China to find some of the most amazing scenery I've ever set my eyes upon. Often I would have to stop and sit to absorb the atmosphere. The weather was warm and the sun shining. I could not have picked a better day. Sometimes while riding the track would suddenly turn into a narrow mound and I'd find myself riding through green pastures. On other occasions I would find myself riding through a small village with farmers tending to their crops or animals. The whole area is full of surprises. When you think you've seen all the Yulong has to offer it throws something else in your path which makes you stop and admire.

The ride back was mostly uphill and against the wind but Yangshuo has a number of relaxing cafes where I finished my day with an oreo and banana milkshake (yes, it is very tasty). At night the bars provide tourists and locals alike with a place to drink cheap beer and meet new people. It seems a shame to leave but China has many more things to offer. Until next time folks, bye for now.
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