Yangshou: tropical paradise: do not miss this town....

Yangshuo Travel Blog

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A view of one of the Yangshou areas. The town was very pretty with lots of water canals and a lake

After the trip down the river we are now in Yangshou.  The trip was a lot of fun  We were on an American boat and the food was great.  There were little buckets of fish / alive/ that we had for lunch.  It was so rainy on the trip:  I refused to come in because i knew this was my chance.   I stood through it and took pictures:  it was actually too foggy to look perfect but it was still fine.  They were selling 9 snake liquor: I got some but it was not as good of quality as some I had had earlier.... (how very snooty to be a 9 snake liquor expert...LOL)   David was in and out talking to me but it was just soaking on the top deck where I was standing.   The trip was about 4 hours:  it was so funny.

The view from Minnie-Mao's Cafe: see the man with the comerants fishing? This is the center lake: the town is surrounded by green hills.
.... there was a huge long line of boats full of tourists just like us....  from the top deck I could see twenty in front of us and 20 behind us....  so it was wonderful and interesting but not off from other people.   There are so many people in China everything is pretty crowded.  When we got off the boat they gave us all wooden combs in a little package. very cool.  

We walked off the boat and immediately went through a line of booths and stands.... all of them yelling and showing you things they had...  very intense.   I wanted to look at everything and shop and David was determined to find the motel....  

We got to the motel and got a room on the third floor: no elevators: and have a huge balcony (complete with an army of mosquitoes that could kiss a chicken flat footed.
Fruit salad from our favorite restaurant: Minnie-Mao's. We sat outside even if it was raining. Look at how elabrate this fruit plate is: It was so sweet: 3 little gals put it together. We were very appreciative..
) The balcony looks over the river and down at the street vendors.   The motel is called The Riverview.  It is really quite nice not ritzy but met our needs.  bikes for rent at the front.  They have a breakfast patio where the breakfast is about 2 to 3 dollars with tea.  A lovely place to sit and watch the world go by for an hour or so.... Also: there is a free internet that is available.  I used it quite a bit.

We rented bikes and took off through the town. It was much much less scarey than Beijing.We went to one edge of town after a while we stopped at a really cute and quaint place: it had picnic tables and umbrellas and neat fish ponds. but no one around. we sat for a while then i wandered to the back where some ladies were talking and asked for a couple of beers.
I bought these: But I didn't really have a place to open them to eat; so I took them to a restaurant and asked them to include them in a fruit plate we ordered.
they brought them with glasses. great beer. Qie brand. 

we sat for about 45 minutes .... one other person there. wayyyy on the other side. she broke her beer bottle when she stood up and almost made their dog lift his head but he realized at the last minute that it didn't involve him as one of the owners hurried over with a dustpan and broom .....   the girl walked past us and we chatted a while. She is a college graduate who is touring Asia with 4 friends. She has been to India, Thailand and now china. Her name is Kelly: she said she is posting her travels on I'm jealous.com so her mom can keep up with her. Later when we were stopped for a cup of tea in town we saw her again. very sweet gal.   It seems the town is full of college students having a nice time.
This was at a grocery store: I think it may be wine....


We rode through the rain to an area several hours out of town. We saw people planting rice in the fields and water buffalo grazing. there is always someone out with the buffalo in the field even though they are just grazing.... so we think they are very valuable here. We were soaked. All of the people going by us with rain clothes on ..... but we didn't have anything so we really looked the tourist part.

We stopped at a tiny hole in the wall restaurant and found the menu was only in Chinese.  The restaurant was at the crossroads of the street towards moon hill. up 10 steps: we knew it was a restaurant by the red globes and the picnic table.  The menu was of course unreadable: the girl in charge did not speak English....  She took me in the back where her ingredients were all cut and in bowls on the table.
This cool guy was making crickets, frogs and butterflys out of reeds. It was so neat to watch him. It took about 4 minutes for him to make a frog: eyes and all.
.  baskets and bowls of vegetables, meat, seasonings...I pointed to a tomato and an eggplant. (on the porch was several tubs of live eel, and a couple of bags of frogs.... I passed on them...) after I chose... then she brought out the most delicious meal out  of it with rice.  She brought out a holder that had toilet paper... to use as napkins.  that was very humorous  (and two beers of course..... WE KNOW HOW TO ORDER BEER! (i am on vacation...... )

The lady in the next store brought her baby over for us to admire and the man in the other side brought his baby over. there is nothing cuter than the babies here. always carried and always happy. they don't have diapers. instead the inside of the crotch is not sewn. so when they have to go to the bathroom the parent just holds them out from them then they
wipe them.
He wove them like a basket.
it's so logical.

We got a little lost coming back. we stopped at a really interesting grocery store. it had shoes, fans, food, hardware...... we bought some liquor to try the different types. the sales girl who was probably 16 talked David into a biggish bottle of something that was on sale. for about  70 cents. it was perfectly vile.

Later in the room, I smelled it and David told me it actually tasted better then it smelled. He was wrong..... I can't believe I tasted it.....   it smelled like dirty socks and tasted worse. So we are going to leave it in the cabinet when we leave here......

The next day we were contemplating how the mosquitos were getting into the room and we thought it might be from the bathroom drain.

this bridge went over to a motel: They parked the tourist bus on the bridge... It looked like a nice place but we were very happy to be out on our own
... the pipe goes down into a larger pipe and there is a gap all the way around of about 1/2 inch.....  We wrapped it in a layer of toilet paper and poured the dirty socks liquor onto it. to make it mold to the form....... LOL.... If anything will work that will!  It almost gagged me so it should stop mossies....    :)

We could live here .... it is so beautiful. I have a million pictures.

sylviandavid says:
Thanks Kora!..... It was a great place to tour...
Posted on: Mar 03, 2009
Koralifix says:
Great description!
Posted on: Mar 03, 2009
Englishteacher26 says:
I lived here for 3 months.. Its great reading ur blog coz it brings back good memories!
Posted on: Sep 28, 2007
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A view of one of the Yangshou area…
A view of one of the Yangshou are…
The view from Minnie-Maos Cafe: s…
The view from Minnie-Mao's Cafe: …
Fruit salad from our favorite rest…
Fruit salad from our favorite res…
I bought these: But I didnt reall…
I bought these: But I didn't real…
This was at a grocery store: I thi…
This was at a grocery store: I th…
This cool guy was making crickets,…
This cool guy was making crickets…
He wove them like a basket.
He wove them like a basket.
this bridge went over to a motel: …
this bridge went over to a motel:…
He was very nice.  I was so excite…
He was very nice. I was so excit…
I bought this frog.... it turned b…
I bought this frog.... it turned …
Inside the restaurant: a painting …
Inside the restaurant: a painting…
this is a bakery.... very neat thi…
this is a bakery.... very neat th…
looking down into the street from,…
looking down into the street from…
Me riding out of town....
Me riding out of town....
This is one of the yangshou street…
This is one of the yangshou stree…
riding bikes in town: We got lost …
riding bikes in town: We got lost…
The little dark bag was full of fr…
The little dark bag was full of f…
large eels at the restaurant; we j…
large eels at the restaurant; we …
isnt this neat?  We stopped the b…
isn't this neat? We stopped the …
one of the tractor trucks running
one of the tractor trucks running
I liked the look of these but I do…
I liked the look of these but I d…
fruits: vendors had so many types …
fruits: vendors had so many types…
A lot of the places had clever and…
A lot of the places had clever an…
The sign for Minnie-Mous Cafe: fr…
The sign for Minnie-Mou's Cafe: f…
Li River scenery
Li River scenery
Li River... beauty around the bend
Li River... beauty around the bend
Li River scenery
Li River scenery
Li River scenery    this boat is s…
Li River scenery this boat is …
Li River scenery - amazing hills
Li River scenery - amazing hills
Li River scenery - fields next to …
Li River scenery - fields next to…
Li River scenery ... up the river.…
Li River scenery ... up the river…
Li River scenery ... nice house wi…
Li River scenery ... nice house w…
Li River scenery- row on row in th…
Li River scenery- row on row in t…
Li River scenery - it was raining.…
Li River scenery - it was raining…
Li River scenery - people on the s…
Li River scenery - people on the …
Li River scenery - house by the ri…
Li River scenery - house by the r…
Li River scenery - Over and over t…
Li River scenery - Over and over …
Li River scenery - look at the bam…
Li River scenery - look at the ba…
Li River scenery - this might be t…
Li River scenery - this might be …
Li River scenery - clearing a bit.…
Li River scenery - clearing a bit…
water buffalo next to the stream
water buffalo next to the stream
view of the banks
view of the banks
following one by one.... we were n…
following one by one.... we were …
up the Li....hills in the distance
up the Li....hills in the distance
sand bar and river split
sand bar and river split
a little water fall
a little water fall
following one by one up the Li Riv…
following one by one up the Li Ri…
looking across the river
looking across the river
sand bar
sand bar
looking at boats parked on the side
looking at boats parked on the side
boats in front of us
boats in front of us
looking down the river
looking down the river
li river scenes
li river scenes
passing villages
passing villages
water buffalo in the river
water buffalo in the river
people watching their water buffalo
people watching their water buffalo
li river scenery...
li river scenery...
mountains and the mountains beyond
mountains and the mountains beyond
interesting shape
interesting shape
Yangshuo
photo by: sylviandavid