Ronghu Lake Hotel
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... So, we all set out to buy the perfect gift.
Leah quickly got bored with my plodding along, and took off with the other families, so I browsed the shops, perfecting my "tai kue le" which means, "too much." I bought a few odds and ends, and for my white elephant gift, found a large hand-woven scarf that resembled a Burberry plaid pattern. I got it for 20 RMB even.
We had a long ride back to the hotel, because we had to go back up river. ...
... taming and training the birds. He then sets out at night with lights shining on the water in which six or so birds swimming diving and catching fish. Nothing ties the birds to the boat though I imagine their wings are clipped. Once a bird catches a fish the fisherman puts a pole in the water, the bird climbs on it and the caught fish is shaken out of the cormorant's neck into a basket. The bird can not swallow the fish, although it tries, because a string has been tied round it's neck ...
This morning we left quite early for the two hour drive to the rice terraces. Guilin is built amongst unusual karst limestone landscape, the photos will explain, but we left that behind to go to a higher range of mountains where over a period of 600 years or so, the local villagers have carved out terraces all over the mountain sides which they can flood and grow rice. Although driving here is less aggressive, twisting mountain roads with heavy traffic not ...
... in a cave on the outskirts of town).
We walked through a person’s backyard (all totally acceptable as people just habitually walk into anyone’s house, including our accommodation ie: lock the front door and they just walk in through the back door!), then into a cave located literally behind the house. Local people catch bats and cave rats from here to eat. We walked in about 250 metres. It was pitch black, but we wore ...
... A very hot day and all are pretty tired when we get to the top. The locals believe that when you reach the summit you have a feeling that you are on the dragons back (hence the name) . What is becoming abundantly clear is that for many in China life is very hard indeed. But the people are so happy.
Many people use this place as a base camp for further hikes to visit other rural communities in the area.
On the way back down we stop for ...