Huating Holiday Inn
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... and a Czech friend who had spent the day rock climbing with them.
Yangshuo was referred to as a river town in my research before the trip which I suppose is true, at least by Chinese standards. It just happens to be a town of over 310,000, close to 5 times the size of Portland. So it is very busy, with crazy traffic, mid rise buildings and nothing of the bucolic atmosphere I had pictured!
The communists under Mao intentionally tried to stamp out beauty as ...
... extent of the law. Hmmmm.... Anyhow a guy shows up, demands 5 yuan (about $1) and opens the gate. My guide showed me to the most amazing views I have ever seen in my life. Steve turned up a bit later and we spent probably 45 minutes taking photos. When we were ready to go Steve and I decided to pre-empt the demands for money, so we got out 100 yuan and I tried to offer it to our guide. He reeled back in horror and refused to take it. He showed me ...
... Chinese guy. It figures that I would be the only girl willing to get muddy, oh well. The actual experience was smelly but fun, it's a weird feeling being able to float in mud. There was also a mud slide which we could use that of course I had to try since I was already muddy anyway, it was fun although someone could have warned me about the rough stones at the end that I ended up scratching my **** on! After the mud experience we got ...
... No matter what I tried I also found my way back. I return to the hotel to find one of my group, Rene, outside, so we take a seat (not sure whose) and we watch the pedestrians and traffic for a while. Sounds odd but very enlightening. DINNER! We eat again. After dinner we are off to show spectacular "Impressions", directed by the same artist who directed the opening and closing ceremonies for the Beijing Olympics. 3000 people per ...
... It actually made me feel slightly better that maybe he was too good for anyone to notice, but at the same time everyone is bored on a bus and is an instantly captive audience. I was the only Westerner. Did people turn an eye thinking it wouldn't affect me that much since us Westerners are so rich and can easily replace those trivial items? I hated to think that but couldn't help it. I felt so naive and duped by everyone. The part that kind of made me laugh (not really) was ...