Caving and Mud Baths

Trip Start Nov 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 01, 2011

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Flag of China  , Guangxi Zhuang,
Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Slept in again!! When we finally managed to get out of the room we went to reception and rented two bicycles and bought tickets to a water cave just outside of town. We got onto our bikes and started off in the direction the desk clerk pointed us. We had a map but somehow we ended up doing a complete 360 degree circle and wound up at our hotel again. We figured we knew where we messed up so we set out again, this time paying closer attention to the map. We eventually found where we had to go and made our way down the road to where we were to catch the bus to the caves. Along the way once more it smelled like a flower shop but this time with fresh strawberries mixed in, delicious!

There was a group of about 8 people waiting for the bus and we just followed their lead when we got off at the caves. The first part was a boat ride through the cave openning that you literally had to put your head between your legs or you would hit it on the roof of the opening. When we stopped and got out of the boat the guide started explaining about the different rock formations and things like that, considering we don't speak Chinese though we just looked around and took pictures. This is how the tour of the caves went, they spoke in chinese and we just looked like we understood; the odd time the guide would make a comment about us, we're pretty sure because everyone would look at us and laugh a bit; we just laughed along with them.
On our way back through the cave we stopped at the mud baths and mud slide and got good and dirty, even though the mud was freezing cold at first we still had a good time. After the mud bath we walked back to where there were thermal baths terraced into the rocks with hotter baths being at the top and cooler ones being lower down. We sat in these for about thirty minutes trying to clean the remaining mud off ourselves and enjoying the warmth.
After returning out of the cave we had to wait again for our bus to come back; in the mean time a chinese couple that were in our group and had been attempting to speak to us in english (chinglish as the guy called it, lol) bought us an 'ababa' (translation is wrong I'm sure), it is very a popular treat around this time and consists of a rubbery green outside filled with sweet black tar stuff.

Our bike ride back went good, we didn't get lost and managed to get a few shots of more scenery before heading home. We got ourselves showered up (there was alot of mud hiding) then headed to west street to find some food. We settled on trying Chinese KFC because we were tired and wanted something quick, it was actually not bad.
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