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Bike Riding in the prettiest countryside

Today we went bike riding in the countryside around Yangshuo & this is something I have wanted to do since I first saw this area on a travel show a few years ago. It was the first time I had ever thought of adding China to countries I wanted to visit. It didn't disappoint & is just beautiful. !

It is incredibly pretty with the gentle Li River & Yulong Rivers meandering around the limestone jarsts & paddy fields. The karsts are all different shapes & names after what the locals see them as. You have to have a pretty good imagination to see some of animals etc they are named after

The day was hazy again ( not sure why) & warm ..... 30 degrees. Sweater is packed away again! We had a guide - Yin who at the start seemed like a nice lady in her 40's. She was telling me how lucky I am to have 4 boys as all chinese mothers want boys & can only have 1 child.

We rode to Moon Hill which is a limestone pinnacle with a moon shaped hole. We decided we didn't want to do the 1 1/2 hour walk to the top up 1251 steps as this was a bike riding day.

Shortly after this we were ambushed by 2 women with the pole over their shoulders with a basket dangling from each end. You won't believe what was in the baskets - small children!!!!! We had to pay them money to take a photo of them with the children in the basket before we could pass!!! Next to them was a lady doing something in an irrigation canal & man with a buffalo walking up the track. Always something to look at !!!

We then stopped off at the Dragon Cave & water Caves & our guide was getting very upset that we didn't want to do any of these tours of 2 - 3 hours. I kept telling her that today is a bike riding day & we could do these things another day. She stated saying it was too long & too far to just go bike riding & we would be too tired & we needed to do some of these things. Now she is starting to get very annoying.... just because she doesn't want to take us riding & wants to sit around. I made it clear what we wanted to do & she seriously complained for the rest of the day & would ask were we tired, very big day, road too bumpy etc etc on & on. I was ready to throttle her!!!!

The scenery was so beautiful especially when the track parallelled the river. We passed farms with rice, bananas, pomelos, cottion, peanuts, chillis & then the road became a thin 1 person track - either dirt or stones & rocks, which was very bumpy & you had to really concentrate. We passed through several small villages until we reached Dragon Bridge ( Yulong Qiou). This beautiful bridge was built in 1412 & is 59 m long, 5m wide & 9m high.

We stopped for lunch by the river here for some fried rice.There were bamboo rafts going down the river & gliding along so peacefully. Our guide then tried to get us on a raft & put our bikes on them to go back. She would not let up!!! By the end of the day we were totally over her & she was asking how much we had paid the booking place & that it was not enough. Grrrrrr!!

We stopped off at the ancient village of Jiuxian about 10km from Yangshuo where about 20 families live. It is about 400 years old & had reds writing on the walls which is apparently about Mao Tse Toung because he was a great leader - I am told.

We got back to town at 3.30pm - so much for her saying we couldn't do Moon Hill & Dragon Bridge in 1 day!!! Back to the hostel for a rest before dinner & going out to the light show called " Impressions Liu Sanjie" It is set outdoors in stadium seating & 600 local performers take to the Li River & perform on the river!! Twelve surrounding karst peaks are illuminated so will be beautiful. Will tell me on our return!!!

Well that was amazing!! It was performed on the River with a cast of 100's of local fishermen & singers & dancers. It didn't matter that we couldn't understand the words as it was so visually stunning. My favourite part was the fishermen on their bamboo rafts behind the big red ribbons - actually too hard to explain but if you are ever here you must see it !!

There was 4000 people there & the chinese are good at crowd control - we got in & out so fast. A mini bus picked us up & we followed a yellow flagged guide & after being given our tickets were told to meet back at this spot to go back to the van. Amazingly in a crowd so big it all worked out!!!

Our guide when we still liked her!!

Our guide when we still liked her!!


View from a bridge early in the day

View from a bridge early in the day


Nath & I

Nath & I


Small children in baskets - the ambush!!

Small children in baskets - the ambush!!


Wider track

Wider track


Lady by irrigation canal & buffalo man

Lady by irrigation canal & buffalo man


Karst mountains everywhere

Karst mountains everywhere


Nath riding

Nath riding


Cart, Straw & mountains

Cart, Straw & mountains


Beautiful Yulong River & local fishermen

Beautiful Yulong River & local fishermen


Local man carrying a load

Local man carrying a load


Dragon Bridge - built 1421

Dragon Bridge - built 1421


Yulong River

Yulong River


Reflection through the bridge

Reflection through the bridge


North of the Dragon Bridge

North of the Dragon Bridge


South of Dragon Bridge

South of Dragon Bridge


Beautiful countryside

Beautiful countryside


Little rapid on the Yulong River

Little rapid on the Yulong River


Heading back to Yangshou

Heading back to Yangshou


Another bridge crossing

Another bridge crossing


Karst scenery

Karst scenery


Ancient town of Jiuxian

Ancient town of Jiuxian


Nath

Nath


More lights

More lights


Reibbons across the water, fishermen & lights

Reibbons across the water, fishermen & lights


The show

The show


Singers

Singers


Girl dancing on the moon

Girl dancing on the moon


Dancers

Dancers


The finale

The finale


Moon Hill

Moon Hill

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in China

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