阳朔 Yangshuo

Located at the terminus of the Li River cruise from Guilin, the small town of Yangshuo lies. Our river tour began here, where we entered our bamboo rafts, but as our “friendly” tour guide repeatedly explained, whose name escapes me now, they weren’t the real bamboo rafts. This was in an effort to promote his other tour he had in the afternoon. Our bamboo raft docked us at Xingping (兴坪), about 15 miles upstream from Yangshuo. Xingping is where the famous scene on the back of the 20元 note is located. After docking, we piled into golf carts to make our way to the previously mentioned spot. We had a quick photo op with the 20元 note and piled back into our golf carts, making our way towards the bus depot that would return us to Yangshuo. Upon arriving in Yangshuo, we escorted Betty and Peter to their hostel. Finally, after stopping to ask for directions several times, we arrived. I sat in the lobby, conversing with one of the employees in Chinese, whilst laying my head across Deanna’s lap. I was suffering from utter exhaustion and yet I was still somehow able to coherently hold a conversation in Chinese. 很有意思…Very interesting! I was recounting this event with Mike, a linguist by trade, and he said that, in lay terms, our brains are automatically wired to utilize our second language when our native tongue proves useless. Hmm… I guess I better start spending more time around Chinese whose only language is their mother tongue. Sorry, I have digressed…After the hostel we wandered around town, looking for a suitable place to eat a local specialty, beer fish 啤酒鱼。It was good, but not exceptional. We noshed on some other goodies as well. Deanna and I were in recovery mode so we stayed on the safe side and didn’t indulge ourselves too much. After our meal, as Dee and I were quite tired, we headed to the bus depot for our ride back to Guilin. Betty and Peter accompanied us and we said our goodbyes.
Our tour guide whose name escapes me. He tried a bit too hard to be funny.
Xingping. The famous scene on the 20元 note. The only thing missing from this photo is the bamboo raft.
Dee and I aboard the bamboo raft. As our tour guide tried to entice us with his afternoon tour, he repeatedly mentioned that these were in fact not real bamboo rafts, and if we paid an additional 130元/位 (per person), we would get to enjoy authentic bamboo raft experience. 
Dee and my 20元。
Beer fish

One thought on “阳朔 Yangshuo

  1. Linda says:

    We had kind of the same tourist guide… he was getting on our nerves, but the boat ride was still fun! Aaaand we also ate beer fish (not so special, like you remarked, correct!)

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