Yangshou to Beijing..... contrasts of China....HARLEY DAVIDSON
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We are sadly leaving the wonderful, friendly, green area of Yangshou to return to busy, noisy, crowded Beijing. We were in Yangshou so long the vendors recognised us and stopped to talk. Several restaurants knew us and spoiled us when we came in..... back to being annonomous... sigh. ...... our departure airport is Beijing. so there is no getting around it. We either have to leave or talk our three adult daughters into coming to live with us in Yangshou ... (it might not take that much work to convince them if they see the pictures!) We took a taxi from Yangshou to Guilin and flew out from there. The taxi ride was exciting: much of the road is dug up and is rutted dirt in the guilin area.
Back in Beijing we again stayed at the Beijing international. We arrived hot and tired and couldn't decide on a place to eat. Complicated by the fact that we were hungry.... (go figure....) we finally stopped at a Mcdonald's. Pretty good food when you are starving and barely speaking. By the time I got desert (a taro pie!) I was very happy. The next day we went to a grocery store and took pictures of the food. the most amusing thing in the world was that they had hold peking ducks fully cooked hanging by their necks on sort of a shoe tree looking thing.
We went to the Pearl Market and got some jewelry...(third floor only because we are cheaper) david picked up a 32 gig sony USB flash drive. He bought 2 @ $20.00 each. They worked and it came out they were worth about $300 but he didn't know that at the time. bummer.
We also drove to the Harley Davidson store. It is new and really wonderful! We bought several shirts and met the General Manager: Hollis Zhao. The address for the dealership (which has only been open since April 2007) is no.
We went home on the 24th: my dates got screwed up here but really: you can take my word that we are home again. Very uneventful trip: except that our very last leg of the flight got cancelled. We discovered that we could visit the lounge of the airline for only a few dollars and eat and drink "on them" all day after we paid the fee. So even the "bad" turned out to be interesting and good. We can hardly wait to go back to China again..... maybe 2009.