Guilin & Yanghsuo
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Ok so after Shenzhen I headed North to the Li river area (this is about 2 weeks ago now...im a bit behind but i wanna try and catchup before I forget stuff!). Basically this whole area is well known for the limestone karst peaks which pretty much cover the whole province. Stayed one night in Guilin then left the next morning to go on the 5 hour cruise on the Li River down to Yangshuo. Not much to say about this, ill leave it up to the photos, though I reckon that even now id say this has been the highlight of China so far. Its a pretty popular thing to do so the river was anything but quiet with a constant stream of boats going through but it didnt really matter.
So then I arrived in Yangshuo that evening. Its a small town (by China standards - 300,000 people) tucked in amongst the Limestone peaks. I think westerners started to visit it about 10 years ago, and it started off as a really relaxed secluded place. Now its pretty touristy considering its size (actually the main road is VERY touristy) but still feels quite relaxed and authentic, and its a place where lots of people stay to learn Kung Fu or Chinese and stuff like that. Definately my favourite town/city in China so far, partly because you can get a good fry up and other western food so easily, plus the backdrop was great. Had a triple room to myself! They didnt have any singles available so offered me a triple for the same price.
While I was surfing the net I stumbled across a cooking class you can do in Yangshuo so I decided to give that a go.
I also rented a bike while I was here and took off round the local countryside, found quite a few small villages, and tons of great photo opportunities. One of the main things visitors like to do around this bit is to take a bamboo raft along the yulong river (kind of a smaller version of the li river).