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... into the river in front of the Buddha for a more direct view. While the hike offered a much closer look at the famous carving, according to Winnie the boat offered the better view so we decided to go that route first, figuring we could always take the short hike afterwards if we wanted.
The boat ride was great and we had a really nice time cruising on the river for a couple of minutes before we got into position to see the incredibly impressive carving. ...
We flew from Guilin to Chengdu on 19th July, the flight was good and surprisingly included a meal! On arrival at Chengdu airport we followed signs for the airport shuttle, it only cost 10¥ each and took around 40mins to the centre. We met a lovely couple on this shuttle from Malaysia, they both spoke mandarin (one of the Chinese languages) they helped us find our hotel, Rong Cheng Holiday Inn, (this is a good, clean and comfortable hotel, reasonably priced and in ...
... its occupied by either the staff, or locals, oh and before you wonder what’s happened on the ping pong front, there is a table here but its outside, really poor and overgrown with shrubbery so it’s on hold till Yangshuo).”Right, quick few games before retiring?” I suggested. So we had a few beers, played a few games, had a few beers, played a few games. All of a sudden it was one in the morning, so much for the early night then!?
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Simply thankful to still be alive, we arrived at Mix Hostel and took a warming to the atmosphere straight away. We checked in, and the workers there found it rather amusing that our driver was still looking for us at the station!
We sorted out our rucksacks and got some laundry done- it was DIY with tokens for the machines and a little bag of washing powder given to you by reception. All we needed was Dot Cotton to pop up from behind one of the machines ...
... at being able to order with essentially no Chinese language skills on our end (aside from please & thank you), and minimal English on the part of the staff. Had a terrific lunch today with the local IBM team following several hours of slide-wrangling - had about a dozen hot and cold dishes, soups, etc in a noisy/busy local place, and everything was outstanding. We are thoroughly spoiled.
The highlight of my afternoon was being trapped in a ...