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6 Days In Yangshuo

What a fantastic week!

sunny 28 °C

So its been about a week since we have updated our blog, and this time it's not because we have had dodgy internet access, but just because we have been having such a lovely time and couldn't be bothered being on the internet. So we'll try to now summarise our last 6 days.

Travelling from Guilin to Yangshuo the scenery begins to get more and more dramatic and arriving off the bus in Yangshuo the towering karst peaks surrounding the town are really awe inspiring. We decided to stay at Trippers Carpe Diem which is a hostel/guesthouse about a 15min walk along by the Li river outside of the town. We originally booked in for 4 nights but it has been so fantastic we decided to stay 6 and we even decided not to go to the dragons backbone rice terraces as we have been having such a great time here.

On our first full day here we relaxed and took it easy as we were pretty tired from all the sightseeing and the busy cities. So we had a leisurely breakfast and a wander around town. We also met several fellow travellers staying at Trippers and hit it off really well with them - adding to the reason to stay the extra few days as the 'craic has been mighty!'

Along with one of our fellow travellers Chris (who is travelling for a year and staying here for a month) we booked onto a guided cycling tour for the next day with Bike Asia. This turned out to be an amazing day. On the tour was us, Chris, Lette (who has cycled from Switzerland to China and was learning to be a guide with Bike Asia) and Farmer Tang (or 'FT' who has been a guide for about 9 yerars). The day was supposed to be from 9am-3pm but FT was great and extended the day to 6pm, even showing us around the village where he lives. The scenery was out of this world, little paths to rural villages with people tending to their fields and their water buffalo, overlooked by dramatic karst peaks - definitely the most beautiful place either of us has been. Taking the guided tour was great as it allowed us to see places we would have never found and also to be told about the way of life etc. And it was only 150 Yuan each for the whole day including rental etc (which is about 15 pounds sterling each). The day was also made more eventful by two breakdowns which just added to the fun. For anyone who is interested the Bike Asia bikes are pretty good but could do with being better maintained - gear changes for example were not so smooth. There are better bikes around for cheaper if you are not interested in doing the guided tour. Later that evening ourselves and a few other fellow travellers had drinks and a meal at Trippers and then Alden and a few of the guys went into town for some drinks.

The next day along with 3 fellow travellers we just chilled out around Trippers in the morning, sitting out on the terrace having a few drinks and just chatting. Later we went for a walk into and around town and then after 6pm when Trippers provides its bikes to use for free we went and cycled to the Secret Beach. Later we all met up again and had food and drinks together at Trippers.

The next day Alden and 5 others hired bikes from Trippers other guesthouse (which has good bikes for 25 Yuan a day if staying at Trippers). While Eimear cycled into town and had a nice chilled out day, we cycled the back way from Yangshuo to Xingping, splitting into 2 groups of 3 as we went due to differing abilities. The route is around 40km of quite long hills and then really fast descents. about 5km from Xingping we crossed the river by boat and then had a really nice lunch in Xingping. Returning the same way we had just crossed back over the river when one of us got a puncture. Unfortunately the guesthouse had not been able to provide us with a repair kit so having tried to get some help from locals we had no choice but to get back to Xingping on the rim. Luckily we managed to find a little bike shop hidden away in an old stone building down a lane, and with a new tube and tyre we were on our way again, just 2 hours later. As it was about 6pm and it gets dark around 7pm we had no choice but to cycle back the main road as fast as possible. Although not as scenic and quite busy with traffic this was a good experience. We saw everything from an old truck with its rear wheels stuck in a manhole, to a farmer driving his flock of ducks along the road, to an Audi A6 flying along. It is such a country of contrasts. On the way we were overtaken by buses belching out fumes and also managed to overtake small old lorries laden down with everything you can imagine - logs, rocks, hay, etc. We got back to Yangshuo as the light was fading fast and by the time we reached Trippers it was black dark coming up the little road. Another nice meal and some drinks with our new found friends was the end to another fantastic day.

The next day we decided to rent a scooter - only 120 yuan, about 12 pound sterling from our hostel. No deposit, licence or any sort of paperwork needed!! So off we set in our shorts and T-shirts and no helmets into the manic traffic of Yangshuo! I have to say I could get used to their style of driving pretty easy - if there is a gap just go for it, no signals or right of way needed! Once through the town and out the other side we spent about 5 hours just going down little roads and lanes, through little villages and amazing scenery. The funniest thing was when we were out on a dirt track in the middle of nowhere we met a local on a scooter carrying a 32inch TV (or at least the box) - it was hard to imagine where he was coming from or going to with it.

So today is our last day. We have just checked out but will hang around here on the terrace and have lunch with 2 others until around 5pm when we will catch a bus to Guilin and then an overnight train at 9.20pm to Guangzhou (which one of teheguys we met is also getting) and from there a bus to Macau, a night there and then a ferry to Hong Kong.

So that is where we are at. We have had just the most amazing week, met the most amazing people, have had the most amazing food and seen the most amazing scenery. We are sad to be leaving Yangshuo but the time to leave is right as most of the people we became friends with are also moving on. Bye for now.

Posted by SeeYouThere 21:31 Archived in China Tagged yangshuo diem trippers carpe

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Sounds amazing but don't forget my grasshopper! All is good here in Bonny Scotland except the rain! :( Missing you both. Take care,lots of love, bro xxxx

by Bronagh

Sounds great. Enjoy last few days. Been a quick hol . All good here. Chat when u home.

by Daphnesixsmith

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