Yangshuo and the Li River

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The landscape in Yangshuo is spectacular. Even in the city, limestone mountains rise out of a flat landscape and climb into the sky almost vertically, like natural skyscrapers. Outside of town, it is even more impressive. Rice fields flooded with water cover the river valley against a backdrop of majestic vertical cliffs.

We’ve spent our few days here walking through town, biking through the countryside, and floating down the Li River on bamboo rafts. One day we went to the Water Cave where we admired the beautiful stone formations, and bathed in mud baths and hot springs.


One evening we went to see how the locals fish with cormorans. They have trained these birds to go diving along the bamboo raft. The man slowly paddles down the river and the birds take turns diving for fish. Their necks are tied so that they can only swallow the small fish. When they catch a bigger fish, the man pulls out the cormoran out of the water, takes the fish, and throws the bird back in. It is an amusing sight.
We are fascinated by the Chinese. Often, they amaze us with their ingenuity and clever ideas. On other occasions, we are simply dumbfounded at how dense they act. We do not speak the language, but in other countries if you walk into a hotel you can find out important things such as the price of the room by miming. Here, you walk in and they act as if they do not know why you are there. One time, I tried to buy a pen. I walked into a shop, and took a pen off the desk of the cashier and pointed to it. I was met with a blank face. I showed her some money, and mimed that I was putting the pen in my pocket and walking out. She gave me a piece of paper. I walked out hoping to simply find some pens on display in another store.

The fun is coming to an end. It is time to go to Guangzhou to visit the trade fairs.

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The landscape in Yangshuo is spectacular. Even in the city, limestone mountains rise out of a flat landscape and climb into the sky almost vertically, like natural skyscrapers. Outside of town, it is even more impressive. Rice fields flooded with water cover the river valley against a backdrop of majestic vertical cliffs.

We’ve spent our few days here walking through town, biking through the countryside, and floating down the Li River on bamboo rafts. One day we went to the Water Cave where we admired the beautiful stone formations, and bathed in mud baths and hot springs.

One evening we went to see how the locals fish with cormorants. They have trained these birds to go diving along the bamboo raft. The man slowly paddles down the river and the birds take turns diving for fish. Their necks are tied so that they can only swallow the small fish. When they catch a bigger fish, the man pulls out the cormorant out of the water, takes the fish, and throws the bird back in. It is an amusing sight.

We are fascinated by the Chinese. Often, they amaze us with their ingenuity and clever ideas. On other occasions, we are simply dumbfounded at how dense they act. We do not speak the language, but in other countries if you walk into a hotel you can find out important things such as the price of the room by miming. Here, you walk in and they act as if they do not know why you are there. One time, I tried to buy a pen. I walked into a shop, and took a pen off the desk of the cashier and pointed to it. I was met with a blank face. I showed her some money, and mimed that I was putting the pen in my pocket and walking out. She gave me a piece of paper. I walked out hoping to simply find some pens on display in another store.

The fun is coming to an end. It is time to go to Guangzhou to visit the trade fairs.

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