Chinese paintings

Trip Start Aug 07, 2013
Trip End Sep 01, 2013

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Flag of China  , Guangxi Zhuang,
Thursday, August 22, 2013

Pre blog

The countryside around Yangzhou is immortalised on many Chinese paintings - immense limestone escarpments towering over rice paddies and the meandering Li river

We take a relaxing boat ride down the river and a bike ride through the countryside

Live blog

Morning sees us back at Lucy's for an English breakfast at 7.30 as our day starts in the lobby at 8,30 - a busy day today cycling and rafting - now we are getting to our type of holiday - away from the cities.

Sitting in reception at 9am and looks like a hot one today

What an amazing adventure today, we picked up the bikes and headed out of the town (oh my god so much traffic) and headed out into the countryside through small villages, past streams and underneath the huge avatar like mountains. After a couple of hours we swapped (2 to a raft) to bamboo rafts made with 11 prices of bamboo tied together and punted by a man in a Chinese hat !!!

For over 1 1/2 hours we meandered along the river occasionally finding small rapids which were 'fun'

We then transferred back to the bikes (they had been transported downstream) and continued. Stopping at moon hill a few of us climbed to the top of the mountain to see the amazing views through a natural rock formation that looked like a crescent moon. The views of the countryside below were amazing despite now literally being dripping wet with sweat. It was one of the hottest days today.

After a farmers lunch (actually stopping in a farmhouse) and had a selection of strange foods one of which was taro which looked like white chips with freckles on. It tasted of salt !!

We then cycled back to our hotel arriving back at 3.30. It was an extremely hot (and a long cycle) and tiring day but extremely rewarding and in my opinion of of the best day yet !!

Our clothes look like we have just stood in the shower !

Tonight was the murder mystery of the missing Nathan and his thong !

Nathan being not 100% well skipped dinner. When we got back to the hotel his door was slightly ajar. Next morning we got up and the same. Breakfast came and went (Lucy's of course). His door was wide open and the cleaners were tidying up, did we see a pool of blood on the floor or was that just imagination !!!

Vanished !!!!

After Robert the detective enquired, it appeared that late last night his air conditioning unit started to omit sparks, then caught fire, and hence he moved rooms.

The story of his thong see tomorrow...

p.s. I have just uploaded a video on the entry of 20th August walking on the glass floor on the pearl tower !!
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Mum and Dad on

Fantastic scenery - but It's difficult painting a picture whilst riding a bicycle - your paint brush wobbles!

Mum and Dad on

Please save us a piece of the Stride rice flavoured chewing gum.

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