Yangshuo - terkking, raving, & English breakfasts!

Trip Start Aug 20, 2007
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Saturday, September 8, 2007

OMG it is official....I now have the fitness of an Olympics triathlete!!! Seriously what I have been putting my body through the past few days is nothing in comparison to the hours dancing away on The Cross dancefloor!!!! After the long overnight train from Shanghai to Guilin, I arrived in Yangshuo....Rach  I'm so sorry but I can only confirm that it was deffo a place not to be missed when in China!!! My hostel was Fawlty Towers.....but so not faulty....was so cute and Chinese!

The first day I took a lesson in the ancient art of Kung Fu....I learnt that protecion is simply not enough....you must punch your enemy on either side of his head, followed by a quick jab on the chin, poke in the eyes and a drop kick to the face....I am an expert so please no messing with Kelsey-san!!!! I then decided that I needed to wind down...(a ying for my yang....if that makes sense!!!!)...and took a lesson in calligraphy....I can now write my name in Chinese. So basically this morning proved that I am both physically and mentally 100% down-right perfect!!! But that's old news!!! hehe!! The afternoon was spent with a river cruise down the Li River.....luscious! The scenery was absolutly to die for.....gorgeous limestone peaks surrounded us, water bufflao paddling away, and a mysterious mist just added to the serenity of it all...a must-see and one I'll never forget! That night we hit the bars....downing losts of cocktails and strawpedowing lots of bottles of beer...podium-danced the night away...but that's just standard right!!?!?

The next morning I woke up early (with a nice lil hangover which was soothed by a rather rough Chinese maassage) then went on what can only be descibed as the 'ride from hell'....bike ride that is. Ok so I'd only ridden a bike once or twice in my life years ago (and when I say ridden I mean in a couple of wobbly circles)....but I did not in any way think that I would be bike riding up and down narrow, muddy, rocky lanes....I managed to fall into a ditch within 15mintues...and crash into so many bushes (inconveniently placed I might add!) My legs (and combats....yes Mim I said combats) were cut to shreds which isn't too hot a look with the PURPLE mozzie bites!!! Still I'm proud that I did it....but can safely say I will NEVER EVER EVER put my bruised bum on a bike even again! In between the 5-hour bike ride I also managed to climb Moon Hill for some cool views

Later we headed to the LongJi rice terraces....it took a while to get there and the drive was reminicent of my dad's 'confident' driving down the French country lanes this summer (Mum, Rob and Nick I know you can sympathise with me here!!!!)....seriously feared for my life at times due to the vertical drops into the rocky abyss!!!! When I arrived after an hour's walk through the rice terraces with our guide Farmer Tom (or FT for short) we were greeted by women Yao minority  villagers. They comb their hair into a big chignon at the front of their head (not attractive but cute I guess?!?!!!) and they wear brigthly coloured clothing which they handmake...and sell...I bought some! I later went with a couple of the group and FT on another little trek for a couple of hours....working those mosquito-bitten calves!!!

The next day we headed to another minority village (Ping'an) which we had to get to by trekking for 5hours through the rice terraces.....was a piece-a-cake...I'm turning into a lean mean fitness machine!!! Although most of what I saw was the rocks on the path below me (as loosing your footing was not an option as I'd had enough tumbling this week!) I spotted some cool fauna....like a lizard with an electric blue tail....pretty sure that's breakfast for some of the locals!!! :)

In the evening we were treated to a Zhaung ethnic minority performance which included bamboo dancing which we got involved with....I fell all over the place and got my feet slapped with bamboo sticks...was hilarious though and caught on camera! You've Been Framed....

Moving onto Hong Kong next then Malaysia so watch this blog!

PS. my belly and tastebuds can no longer handle Chinese food....had a veggie club sandwich and chips for breakfast, lunch and dinner.....d'ya reckkon that cancels out the benefits of my fitness regime?!?!?!

pps. Ro, El and Mary ...........HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

xxxxxxxxxxxxxx Speak soon kids!

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