The wonderful Mr Wei

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A view from the centre of Yangshuo

People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Juliana (Russia), Daniel and Kitty (Sweden), Breanna and Darcy (Canada), Mr Wei and his family (China)

After seeing reviews on Hostelworld, we decided to pay a little more than normal to stay in a place called Culture House in Yangshuo. For 8 pounds ($15), we got a double room with air con and 3 meals a day, which we though sounded a little too good to be true. When we arrived into the bus station, we gave the owner Mr Wei a call and he came down to pick us up and pay for our taxi to the guest house, which was a great start.

It was already gone 2pm and we hadn't eaten all day. We knew lunch was usually 12-2 , so were prepared to go out and buy something, but Mr Wei was adamant his wife make us some food.

Me with a cormorant
10 minutes later there was a steaming plate of noodles with meat, fresh fruit and free flowing tea. After checking and double checking that we were completely stuffed to bursting, we were allowed up from the table to take a little walk around the town.

Before we knew it, it was 6pm and this symbolised a gathering of all the people staying at Culture House into the kitchen. There were 12 of us all together including a lovely Swedish couple called Daniel and Kitty, a couple from Canada, Breanna and Darcy, a couple with the best behaved baby i've ever come across and 3 Romanians. We waited in anticipation to see what would be on the menu, chopsticks twitching! Before we knew it, the table was awash with plate upon plate of scrumptious food.

A view from a bridge in Xingping
Duck, Rice, Chicken, Noodles, Veggies, Fish, Beef, one plate emptied as another came in. After about an hour and reassurance from everyone there, the Wei family were satisfied that we were again stuffed to bursting point!

After Dinner Mr Wei organised for us to go and witness Cormorant fishing, a traditional Chinese method of catching fish. It involves a guy on a boat following numerous cormorants down the river, who continuously dive, surfacing with fish and bring them back to the boat. They are unable to swallow the fish due to some string tied around their necks. After our hour long trip along the river, around half a dozen small fish were in the fishermans basket

The following two days were spent eating the Wei's out of house and home and having everything we could ever want provided for us. On our 3rd day, Mr Wei organised for us to do a small trip on the Li River to view some Karst formations around Xingping. To finish our time in Yangshuo, we went out with the Swedes and Canadians for a few drinks. Unfortunately back at the hostel, Daniel and Kitty produced a bottle of Chinese Rice Wine, which they had clearly been saving for a special occasion.... namely an occasion when some suckers would drink the horrible stuff with them! 30 minutes later and the 4 of us were ready for bed, with only the prospect of a stinking hangover to look forward to!

Deats says:
Yep, these things tend to have a way of working themselves out. Definitely more good than bad though!
Posted on: Feb 04, 2007
portia says:
Another good hostel to counter the bad one before!
Posted on: Feb 03, 2007
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A view from the centre of Yangshuo
A view from the centre of Yangshuo
Me with a cormorant
Me with a cormorant
A view from a bridge in Xingping
A view from a bridge in Xingping
Scenery of Yangshuo
Scenery of Yangshuo
Cormorant fishing
Cormorant fishing
Cormorant fishing
Cormorant fishing
Cormorant fishing
Cormorant fishing
Cormorant fishing
Cormorant fishing
Cormorants used for fishing
Cormorants used for fishing
Cheeky cormorant tries to get some…
Cheeky cormorant tries to get som…
Cormorants used for fishing
Cormorants used for fishing
Cormorants used for fishing
Cormorants used for fishing
Scenery from the Li River
Scenery from the Li River
A fisherman on the Li River
A fisherman on the Li River
Julia on our trip down the Li River
Julia on our trip down the Li River
Me on our trip down the Li River
Me on our trip down the Li River
Yangshuo
photo by: sylviandavid