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Oct 26, 2012 - Wednesday 24th October

This morning we took a four and a half hours trip down the River Li from ZhuJiang to Yangshuo County. Pleasant weather on the river. After about 3 hours the boat had to run up on the river's edge as the propellers had been fouled with discarded fishing nets! Lots of small villages along the river. Most of them only accessible by sampan. The sampans were either made out of bamboo or by the more innovative out of PVC piping! In the evening we went to see the most amazing folkloric show we have ever seen. It featured some of the local...

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GillandDaveinChina

Oct 26, 2012 - Tuesday 23rd October

Up at 5am to get our bus to the airport for our flight to Guilin. Arrived at the airport with plenty of time to spare. Boarded on time then sat in the plane for 2 hours before we took off! On arrival in Guilin we went to the Reed Flute Cave. The caves have been formed out of eroded limestone. Many beautiful images and light displays. Then to Fubo Hill and on to Guilin Seven Star Park. Guilin is a city of around 700,000 whose main industry is tourism. Over 300 different national leaders have visited the City and its local sites. There were...

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GillandDaveinChina

Oct 7, 2012 - Xanadu

On the way back to Guilin we passed the turnoff to Xanadu. Further west, in Yunnan, is Shangri-La. I have to come back. Having grown up exploring the karst region of western Kentucky, home to the Mammoth/Flint Ridge cave system, the largest known in the world, my expectations for other caves are modest. Near Guilin we visited the Reed Flute Cave, and I’m still gathering the parts of me that were blown away. The lighting aesthetic inside the caverns was different than the US National Park Service.

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Oct 6, 2012 - iconic landscape II

Surrounded by four rivers, Guilin is perched on karst, a limestone formation that reacts with water and quickly erodes, leaving a substructure of lacework caves and above ground knobs and pinnacles too fantastical to look quite real. A common mistranslation of the shape is “grotesque.” They are recognizable, however, from 10,000 classical Chinese paintings. We took a flat bottom boat down the Li River to Yangshuo and saw the peaks up close. Climbers, this is for you: http://www.summitpost.org/yangshuo/153910

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Oct 5, 2012 - iconic landscape I

Dawn broke how it usually does in these mountains, with a whole bunch of people yelling from scenic overlooks. The noise was endearing. Must be love. After breakfast we packed up and climbed to those same overlooks and past to a trail traversing the upper terraces. Mist twined obligingly around every picturesque undulation; scalloped layers of ripe, golden rice descended into cloud. Work on the terraces began 700 years ago in the Yuan Dynasty and was finished 300 years later in the Ming. Dynastic changes may not have affected this area so...

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Oct 5, 2012 - belief in dog

“The dusty dog is the tastiest.” Well, I’d asked. The dusty dog was the local Chinese variety, pet or meat. Yellow or black, short-haired, with a curly tail. One dog in the village looked so intelligent I swear she understood when I told her I wished I could take her home. Our guide Robin said about one in a hundred dogs was smart enough to be trained to hunt. He also said the blood of the black dog warded off bad luck and was used to christen new cars. Roosters are also used. If I were a guide and had no qualms about fabrication, what...

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Oct 4, 2012 - Ping'an, medieval modern

Wood and stone houses in Ping’an straddled walkways built into the side of the mountain. Drainage and streams from higher up run under. All the sounds were village sounds: cooking, chickens, talking and singing, a stray radio. Our hotel felt like a medieval inn, creaky wood and layers of human habitation, except for the gamers in the dining room. Nicholas salivated. With some expert fiddling by Todd, internet access in the room turned out to be actually better than in Xi’an. On a path above the village I encountered a Yao woman, her long...

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Oct 3, 2012 - Guilin and Golden Week

Getting quiet, cooling off in the rice terrace village of Ping’an (Peaceful Duck?). It took the greater part of the day to reach here from Guilin, the nearest big city. Is the line of traffic to get to the car park to get in the line for the bathroom before getting in the ticket line and then the slow, maneuvering, squashing mass - not exactly a line - waiting for a shuttle bus up to the trailhead, to a line to hike up to the village, is that interesting? Probably not. That’s just travel during Golden Week. But surprising, and refreshing to...

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Jul 12, 2012 - Last day in China

Cormorant fishing did not materialise in the end last night. After getting onto our boat the engine gurgled and died. In their wisdom the little men decided to moor us in the middle of the river in the dark whilst spending 45 fruitless minutes arguing over how to restart the boat. In the end another boat came to pick us up but by this time we had decided that dry land was the preferred option. Whilst we were waiting however a little cormorant fishing man was pottering around our boat so we saw nearly as much as we would have done if we'd...

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My China Trip

Jul 11, 2012 - Yangshuo

Today has been a fantastic day so far and hopefully there is more to come. We started with an early breakfast at Lucy's cafe in the town, a fry up for th boys and fruit yoghurt and baguettes Chinese style for the girls. Afterwards we headed off to collect our bikes for our day in the country. We navigated the town roads without incident and bombed off along the lanes, some as local as they come. We cycled past free range chickens, buffalo, lotus frills, paddy fields and generally stunning countryside. By late morning we reached the base of...

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Jul 10, 2012 - Yangshuo and rafting

By lunchtime today following another local bus ride we arrive at our next stop for a couple of days. The scenery in this part of China is breathtaking with massive paddy fields full of rice, small local villages and steep peaks of hills dotting the countryside. Yangshuo itself is now a tourist haven but in a nice way without high rise apartments. This afternoon we spent a leisurely few hours rafting down the Li River on bamboo rafts propelled by our very own boatmen. Tonight we are out to supper again with lots to look forward to tomorrow

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My China Trip

Nov 12, 2011 - Yangshuo

A mid trip weekend meant a day off and having been to this area before as a tourist I suggested a trip to Yangshuo. It really is one of the beautiful cities of the world and for once I think Stan and Clive were impressed. Being paid to be here just added to the pleasure.

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