Impressions of Yangshuo

After several weeks in China, seeing many Chinese cities and towns, it was a breath of fresh air (literally) to be wandering around the Chinese countryside. We decided to base ourselves in a converted Chinese farmhouse 4km outside of Yangshuo (Guilin). The location could not have been better as we were amongst rice paddies, lush greenery and swaying bamboo trees. Everywhere we looked, we were surrounded by karst mountain peaks in all sizes and shapes. Right across from the farmhouse, we ended every hot day with a swim in one of the two natural swimming holes.

Villages come alive on market days which rotates on a 3 day basis. Everything you can imagine can be bought at these markets. We cycled to Fuli on its market day, 18 km round trip from our temporary home – Yangshuo Outside Inn, one of the nicest places we have stayed at.

The fresh meat section..

Tobacco, chinese medicine and herbs.

On another day, we cycled to the Dragon Bridge, 20 km round trip. Cycling through villages where time stood still. Everywhere in China, the favorite daily pastime are card games and mahjong.

Lovely paths and river crossings.

Yangshuo was around 38 degrees, so everyday after our cycle trips we ended the day with a dip in the natural swimming pool right next to the rice paddies.

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