Yangshou: exploring the countryside

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Monkey friends with me....
so:   Nathalie and I were quite a way behind everyone but we had a great time.....  about 6 Chinese boats (vacationing Chinese are fun fun fun)were around us.... and they were having an incredible water fight with some water  flingers they bought.... they look like bike tire pumps ....  (actually
I was trying to figure out this item,...  the venders were selling when I Fell into the mud….lol....)   some of them had brought bowls, some had the water flingers and some were just using their hands.   They saw our cameras so they didn't get  us but wow what a lot of action.  they were laughing so hard and soaking
each other.   at one point their polers got into the act and everyone fell off the raft on one.
bamboo raft trip..everyone had fun!
....  it was so fun to watch....
 
We were also laughing watching them....  and... as boys do (sorry guys..)  it egged them on....  (Nathalie is a beautiful 25 year old and she had a circle of flowers in
her  hair so she was very striking.....  so I guess the whole thing was performing for her.... but I really enjoyed it too..........)  
 
Every 20 minutes or so there was a dam that the raft had to slide down.... and it made the front of the raft go under water when we hit the other side.
very  fun.
Nathalie and Leslie: Swiss girls in China
  but we had keep a good hold of our beers in the excitement.....  
(gotta have beer)  also, we both had backpacks and cameras.   We just
shoved them behind us with the life jackets.   (Tara, Morgan, and Erin,   just kidding ..... mommy had hers on......and ...... I warned Natalie to put hers on
too just like I do with you three.)
 
When we finished the ride they put us ashore and unloaded our bikes from the back of the rafts.  Mine was still coated with mud clots in the basket
where it fell.    We rode up the main road again and bought strawberries from one of the 30 venders by the side.   We washed and ate them in a little
roadside cafe and gave them the leftovers to thank them for the use of the table.
Julie Zhou : Yangshuo guide. email is julie-zhou@163.com telephone: 0773-8778717 7am-9pm
... they were really happy with them and completely fine with us using the
table....
 
Next we rode to a banyan tree that was 1500 years old.  I got my picture taken with two monkeys.  They had on little hats and vests: they sorta made 
me look very underdressed ....  We walked past the many venders then had a quick ride across a little stream on a bamboo raft.... and I dropped 
Natalie’s sunglasses into the water.... it was only about a foot and a half deep and it took a little bit of maneuvering but I finally fished them
out by laying flat.
moon hill: we are going to walk up!
... and.... finally, when I couldn’t reach….the poler had
to move the raft for me.....and.....when I got up and held them up  a little crowd
cheered....  It was funny that so many had gathered.....  LOL.   happy I could provide  the entertainment.
 
We went to the moon village restaurant and parked our bikes next to the trail head.  Julie's mom was there selling postcards so we got to meet her and tell her how much we liked her daughter.   We had a great meal....  we all ordered then ate it from the middle of the table so we got to try everything.  As we were 
sitting we could look up and see moon mountain.  It was really beautiful.  It is a mountain that is eroded in a moon shape.....   David said he didn't know about the rest of us but he wanted to climb it....   yikes.
 
so.
old fashioned water wheel.
....   we all decided that we needed to do it too.   ....  and we went into the parking  lot where our bikes were and began the walk.   It was over 800 steps and was very steep in some sections......  It took about an hour to climb it....  
I carried all of my own things until I was about 2/3 of the way then I was too pooped.... but I was very determined....  Julie, who was completely unwinded (when she was in middle school she went to school very close to the mountain and her teacher used to have them run up it 2 times a day.....for physical education.... )   Julie took my backpack and carried it the last 1/3.   I was so winded and tired.  my hair was plastered to my neck and forehead and I had sweat dripping off my chin and nose.....  but …. I kept going........  and the top was totally worth it.  the view was Breathtaking.   And we could take pictures of ourselves with Moon Mountain right behind us.  what a high......   Oh, …did I mention that we each had a vender lady walking with us..... and they were carrying a box full of coke and water on shoulder straps and they each had a fan and they walked fanning us all the way..... and they didn't break a sweat or get out of breath????   
I gave mine 20 Yuen and David bought me a 15 Yuen water at the top from my lady.
Sylvia and water buffalo: I was very excited about being so close. (we have goats but they are pretty small in comparison)
..... We walked down.... (it was actually hard to walk down too....  but I had the comfort of knowing if I fell I would be going the right direction....)
 
We rode out into the country side and took pictures of people planting and working in the fields.  A lady chased us about a block whipping her water buffalo with a twig yelling that she would let us take a photo for money.....   everyone
else said no.... I was behind everyone  ... taking other photos and she kept catching up to me and I finally gave her money and David got a picture
of me with my head right next to this huge animal.  It was cool.... then ...... the mistake happened....... David didn't realize I had paid her and reached into his pocket and brought out some bills and asked what I owed her....  she
really wanted more pictures then.
Moon Hill View
...  so we thanked her and left her but she
wasn't very pleased.
The villages were really fun....  we love seeing the kids    ...   other than my own little darlings I don't think any children are cuter than the Chinese babies.
missandrea81 says:
Oh, Sylvia and David! I'm really enjoying your blog. Running out of time, but I'll be back later to shower you with smiles. ;)
I'm happy that you guys had such a wonderful trip.
Posted on: Jun 16, 2010
Airportman says:
Wonderfull blog and great pictures! Brings back many memories :)
Posted on: Jan 07, 2010
bkretzer says:
What a fun day!
Posted on: Oct 14, 2009
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Monkey friends with me....
Monkey friends with me....
bamboo raft trip..everyone had fun!
bamboo raft trip..everyone had fun!
Nathalie and Leslie: Swiss girls i…
Nathalie and Leslie: Swiss girls …
Julie Zhou : Yangshuo guide.  emai…
Julie Zhou : Yangshuo guide. ema…
moon hill: we are going to walk up!
moon hill: we are going to walk up!
old fashioned water wheel.
old fashioned water wheel.
Sylvia and water buffalo:  I was v…
Sylvia and water buffalo: I was …
Moon Hill View
Moon Hill View
Moon Hill Cafe... great place, gre…
Moon Hill Cafe... great place, gr…
Drifting on the river with a beer
Drifting on the river with a beer
WATER FIGHT!  These guys kept us l…
WATER FIGHT! These guys kept us …
these little huts appeared to be c…
these little huts appeared to be …
bamboo: it grew 50 feet tall.  Bam…
bamboo: it grew 50 feet tall. Ba…
looking out towards the river and …
looking out towards the river and…
river scenery
river scenery
the front of our raft just before …
the front of our raft just before…
Nathalie and Sylvia almost to the …
Nathalie and Sylvia almost to the…
Computers set up to print & sell p…
Computers set up to print & sell …
computers on the river: always an …
computers on the river: always an…
another boat with tourists
another boat with tourists
Poling the boats in china.
Poling the boats in china.
Arrival of the Camera queens!
Arrival of the Camera queens!
Monkeying around with pals...
Monkeying around with pals...
scene on building with black rocks…
scene on building with black rock…
scene on side of building made of …
scene on side of building made of…
looking past the path into a littl…
looking past the path into a litt…
These are for sale by venders
These are for sale by venders
detail of railing / by banyon tree
detail of railing / by banyon tree
vender girl in traditional dress:
vender girl in traditional dress:
Sylvia, Leslie, Nathalie & Julie a…
Sylvia, Leslie, Nathalie & Julie …
1500 year old banyon tree
1500 year old banyon tree
banyan tree; 1500 years old.  They…
banyan tree; 1500 years old. The…
huge banyan tree: 1500 years old
huge banyan tree: 1500 years old
after we saw the banyan tree we wa…
after we saw the banyan tree we w…
this is a typical chinese dog.  Do…
this is a typical chinese dog. D…
taking pictures from our table at …
taking pictures from our table at…
Dreamy picture of Moon hill: Look …
Dreamy picture of Moon hill: Look…
Moon Hill: from the moon hill rest…
Moon Hill: from the moon hill res…
path up moon hill mounain wound th…
path up moon hill mounain wound t…
This is very amusing! ha ha... syl…
This is very amusing! ha ha... sy…
Sylvia and David at top of moon hi…
Sylvia and David at top of moon h…
Moon village: This is where Julie …
Moon village: This is where Julie…
Julie, the vender lady (who walked…
Julie, the vender lady (who walke…
David and Sylvia @ moon hill
David and Sylvia @ moon hill
Moon Hill view: Moon village
Moon Hill view: Moon village
view from another angle of moon hi…
view from another angle of moon h…
Moon Hill: I just got there and I …
Moon Hill: I just got there and I…
Moon Village : viewed from Moon Mo…
Moon Village : viewed from Moon M…
Moon Hill
Moon Hill
through Moon Hill
through Moon Hill
Sylvia, david, Julie, nathalie and…
Sylvia, david, Julie, nathalie an…
Swiss girls: leslie and nathalie
Swiss girls: leslie and nathalie
Heading down again from moon hill
Heading down again from moon hill
Bamboo raft: Golden moments
Bamboo raft: Golden moments
Reflection of a wonderful mountain
Reflection of a wonderful mountain
Children walking home from school
Children walking home from school
There was a man standing in this w…
There was a man standing in this …
Riding bikes into the countryside
Riding bikes into the countryside
Moon Hill area mountains & road
Moon Hill area mountains & road
river views
river views
Looking down the River at the bamb…
Looking down the River at the bam…
Look at how filthy my pants are fr…
Look at how filthy my pants are f…
Bridge by river
Bridge by river
SUCCESS IN ENGLISH, SUCCESS IN LIF…
SUCCESS IN ENGLISH, SUCCESS IN LI…
across the rice fields
across the rice fields
A pond near a house.  We saw a man…
A pond near a house. We saw a ma…
the mountains next to the river
the mountains next to the river
Looking around the corner at the g…
Looking around the corner at the …
mountain....
mountain....
coming towards one of the dams... …
coming towards one of the dams...…
scraping over the dam...
scraping over the dam...
other boats as we drifted...
other boats as we drifted...
one of the larger mountains..
one of the larger mountains..
see the 50 foot tall bamboo... (17…
see the 50 foot tall bamboo... (1…
looking up at the mountains...
looking up at the mountains...
Huge bamboo....another little raft…
Huge bamboo....another little raf…
outline of the mountain
outline of the mountain
past the mountain ...
past the mountain ...
distant hills... and river
distant hills... and river
hills with bamboo in front
hills with bamboo in front
The raft armada...
The raft armada...
Hills with rice fields
Hills with rice fields
The tropical river banks
The tropical river banks
river banks
river banks
mountain with bamboo grouping
mountain with bamboo grouping
front of our raft
front of our raft
fog settling in by the river...
fog settling in by the river...
less steep hills....
less steep hills....
side of the stream with a rope ...
side of the stream with a rope ...
looking across the river
looking across the river
the river with a sand bar trail
the river with a sand bar trail
grassy area
grassy area
sheer banks by the river
sheer banks by the river
a house with water buffalo
a house with water buffalo
planted fields
planted fields
the raft at the dam
the raft at the dam
the front of the raft under water.…
the front of the raft under water…
Isnt this really amazing... I lov…
Isn't this really amazing... I lo…
a little home nestled near the riv…
a little home nestled near the ri…
river bank
river bank
river bank
river bank
river bank with mountain
river bank with mountain
huge bamboo trees
huge bamboo trees
mountains
mountains
the river
the river
sign for MOON HILL CAFE: INSIDE MO…
sign for MOON HILL CAFE: INSIDE M…
The raft water fight
The raft water fight
raft water fight....
raft water fight....
mountains
mountains
raft water fight
raft water fight
raft water fight
raft water fight
bamboo
bamboo
cute little patio boats
cute little patio boats
the river
the river
one of the dams as the raft is goi…
one of the dams as the raft is go…
raft half submerged
raft half submerged
shady and beautiful... this is a c…
shady and beautiful... this is a …
hill by the river
hill by the river
bamboo growing over the river
bamboo growing over the river
stands of bamboo
stands of bamboo
bamboo
bamboo
bamboo about 50-60 feet tall..
bamboo about 50-60 feet tall..
one of the river polers
one of the river polers
along the side of the river
along the side of the river
houses by the river
houses by the river
house
house
house with brick wall
house with brick wall
beautiful hills
beautiful hills
bamboo with hills
bamboo with hills
Camel (really) and a pony... why?.…
Camel (really) and a pony... why?…
following another boat down the da…
following another boat down the d…
patio boat
patio boat
people watching us go by
people watching us go by
shallow water....
shallow water....
mountain
mountain
mountain
mountain
bamboo with sky
bamboo with sky
river scenery
river scenery
scenes of the mountains
scenes of the mountains
mountain
mountain
mountain with bamboo
mountain with bamboo
mountain
mountain
looking through the bamboo... the …
looking through the bamboo... the…
the river bank
the river bank
the river
the river
scenery
scenery
Yangshuo
photo by: sylviandavid