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A different kind of water buffalo

after all the hustle and bustle everywhere else in china, i did not expect to find a place so tranquil and relaxing.  with some new found friends from Germany, Finland and Belgium, we went to a rock cave which offers next views to stalagmites and a mud bath. the mud pool was surprisingly bouyant and you can easily read a magazine lying flat on the surface.  the only way to get into the cave is in a small boat and some ducking to avoid the low over hanging rocks.  the guide nearly fell into the water on the way back.

the next day, a nice long bike ride through the country side, which is dotted with rice fields and fish ponds.  the path also zig zagged thru various small villages.  since i have the foresight of renting a pink street bike, big rocks on the road was not particularly friendly. we crossed some of the rice fields to take a relaxing swim in a river near by.  group of tourists floated by us on their bamboo rafts.  one of them even got stuck and had to ask us for help.

the last day, a hot air balloon ride.  at the beginning of the ride, the balloon went up to 500 meters, which is bit scary considering all that is holding you up is a wick basket, some fabric and a lot hot air.  but the view from above was great and we landed on a newly constructed freeway that has not yet been opened to traffic. 

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A different kind of water buffalo
A different kind of water buffalo
getting ready to launch
getting ready to launch
from the hot air balloon
from the hot air balloon
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