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... drying over heat (time varies depending on type of tea). Tender teas do not ferment. Oolong and some others are fermented.
Then we had a very formal tea service, tasting four different kinds of tea. Each was prepared in a somewhat different way - using different pots, using different temperatures of water (some boiling, some that had sat for a couple of minutes after the boil). But interestingly enough, he poured water through the first time, ...
... time to come.
The coach dropped us off probably a kilometre from our hotel in Yangshuo so we had a bit of a challenge finding the River View Hotel. The streets by this time were teeming with evening shoppers. Thank goodness we had all travelled light, leaving our large suitcases in Guilin. The hotel was in a great location but didn't have much else going for it. The staff were very helpful - especially Vivienne. She asked us if we'd like to do a 4 hour bike ride ...
... Trees sprouted from the side like a giant Chia pet (what happened to those things?) and the moon created elongated shadows in front of us--shadows, I also realized, I hadn't noticed disappear from my life for the past 4 months (for the most part). To end the night, we walked back, once more witnessing the old folks gambling away underneath a giant poster of Mao Zedong. Some things never go away.
I have much more to say, but this will continue...in Yangshuo Part ...
... was even used as the landscape for the 3rd Star Wars film.
In the evening, after a quick meal in the most "White-Tiley" place that I could find, I had a bit of a surprise when Merlijn the Dutch guy from my previous hostel walked in, apparently he was sharing this dorm room with me as well! After a quick catch up we decided to go on a bit of a bike ride together the following day.
Day 282: Friday 26th October 2012
... this is very important I believe, the website promises help renewing visas for up to a year which they cannot do - not even for an extra month. You are expected to go to Guilin and renew your visa by yourself, which you can only do twice, for one month at a time. After that you're expected to go to Hong Kong and purchase a new visa. A very expensive trip overall. This is really something you need to know before going to China! Also, there's a strict no-refunds policy in ...
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