Potatoes and cheese in Yangshuo
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We spent three days in the potato-and-cheese-heaven that is Yangshuo. Two of my favourite foods, which weren't available anywhere else we went in China, were available in abundance in Yangshuo, due to the presence of a large number of western tourists. I even ordered a side portion of mashed potato with my lasagna for one meal!
We arrived into Guilin on a short flight from Chengdu. We immediately headed into town, and found a small bus heading to Yangshuo. We agreed a price and got on. When the lady conductor tried to charge us extra for our bags, I grabbed the money back from her and moved to get off the bus: we didn't have to pay extra for our bags after that!
One village before Yangshuo a very "friendly" character calling himself Larry got onto the bus.
Yangshuo is very much a traveller hangout, with loads of shops and cafes, but we really enjoyed it after a fairly hectic couple of weeks travelling down China. One day we hired bikes and headed out into the countryside, but I was having another bout of being ill (left over from Mongolia), plus we'd just started taking our malaria medication for India in a week's time, so I didn't have much energy to go too far.
The scenery around Yangshuo is very strange and beautiful, consisting of many tall limestone pinnacles. The town itself nestles between many of these, so that some of them seem to be almost up against the backs of buildings on the main street.
We stayed in a clean and cheap hotel called the Holiday Inn (not affiliated to the international chain; just borrowing the name), on the main street. We booked a bus ticket to Shenzhen through them, for which I suspect we paid over the odds, but otherwise the hotel was good.