Yangshou: tropical paradise: do not miss this town....
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
We could live here .... it is so beautiful. I have a million pictures.