You like BAMBOO!?

Trip Start Jan 16, 2009
Trip End May 26, 2009

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Flag of China  , Guangxi Zhuang,
Sunday, March 8, 2009

Well, Guilin was nice but we left and went south in search of sun (still)
Though not too far south, just to Yangshou.
When we got to Yangshou it was tea time so we went really really far... down the road from our hostel and had the best sweet and sour chicken EVER. We managed to order the right amount of food for a change! We stole a heater of the women who worked/lived? in the restaurant as it was cold inside. Whenw e left the resaturant it was torrential rain again :( :(, see picture.
Due to the torrential rain, we spent the evening chatting to the Germans, the same Germans we stalked from Hangzhou 2 weeks ago, and then saw in Guilin. China is indeed a village. I think they were getting creeped out at our stalking, because the left the next morning to Kunming which they knew is the total opposite direction to us... suspicious.
On the next day we met up with Maddie and James, some English who we had bumped into as we were checking out in Guilin. We successfully had cheese burgers for breakfast in a very chinese way. We hired bicycles to go to "Moon Hill", the woman who hired them to us offered to be our guide for 100Y, 10pounds, which we thought was FAARR too much as we can read maps, we're not morons!!
We got lost repeatedly. People kept offering to take us down the river on bamboo rafts when they saw how lost we were, to the tune of "YOU WAN BAMBOO??"
We were lost in rural China though, so was pretty awesome to be lost in and we did not want bamboo.
3 hours later.
We found moon hill.
The rain had held off and we had used our definatley-not-mountain bikes to within an inch of their lives on the trecherous potholed muddy roads.
Moon Hill is indeed a hill, a very steep hill, and we'd just biked for 3 hours. Hilarious amounts of fun. We eventually got to the top, where the views and feeling of satisfaction were equally great. There were little women all over trying to sell us over price cans of coke/water/mango juice/postcar/postcar... etc.
We got back with 15mins to spare on the bike rental and found the bike rental stall was now selling jewellery...
We had tea which was pretty awesome chinese again.
And then the rain started. Again.
Regardless we went for ice cream in the rain. And it was good!
We went to a bar and had cheap cheap gordons gin and tonics and watched the rats fight in the kitchen... ooer, at least we didn't eat there.
The next day the forecast was good, and we were feeling optimistic so we (Emmas, James and Maddie) went to the Li River to do a cruise. After a phenomenal breakfat with some bacon, eggs, toast, coffee, orange juice, sausages and hashbrowns for 2pounds we were ready to go go BAMBOO RAFT!
After a rather bumpy hour long bus ride we were met by our boatman/raftman. He was very helpful in explaining the different hills, what they were supposed to look like and thier backstories. In Chinese of course! The raft wasn't too rafty there were seats and a roof and an engine and it was pretty swish.
The scenery was amazing, even if we had a hard time seeing the "grandad eating an apple" "fish tail hill" "7 supernaturals waiting to cross the river" We kept stopping off so little women could harrass us and try to sell us their wares. At one point we stopped for lunch, the place had a menu entirely in chinese so we chose randomly and had great success! We didn't get any guts or feet or tofu or bean curd! We did see a man kill a chicken as we were eating, fresh fresh fresh. Blood pouring out of teh still twitching chicken and everything, entertainment as you eat!
Got back and met some more English and some new Germans and had dinner with a big group of us, that was really good, but Chiense service meant nothing came out at the right time, so half of us had finished before anyone elses food had even been prepared. We did our ordering too much food trick. We left the meal at 8.30 to get a bus to Shenzhen to get us to Hong Kong. The bus stop was actually a petrol station, will tell you of our adventures in Shenzhen next time!
-EE xxx

ps. no photos until we find a internet that will work with our usb stick :(
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