Bamboo Rafts, Scooters and Bridge Jumping
Yangshuo Travel Blog› entry 13 of 68 › view all entries
July 9th, 2009 – by: ronin2k
Once in town, we all decided to check into the Monkey Jane’s Guesthouse. A little guesthouse down some random alley from one of the main streets in Yangshuo. The location was so obscure that we all were telling off the tuk tuk drivers thinking he was taking us for a grand tour.
Monkey Jane herself is the life of the guesthouse. Her guesthouse is one of the more “happening“ places in Yangshuo with a great rooftop, really the highlight of the place as it gives a great view across the rooftops to the surrounding scenery. That night, we finally celebrated Emile’s birthday right! On the bar we met more travellers, from Canada, the US, Britain. It was a good time, so good that Emile was so drunk by about 10pm, he passed out and went back to sleep! The rest of the night unfortunately was filled with some more Baijo (I never learn!) and a few games of beer pong.
Yangshuo, like Guilin, is a tourist town. The main difference between the two is Yangshuo there is more of a mix of foreigner backpackers and a Chinese tourists. Great little town, it almost has a little ski resort town feel to it, with all the little shops, bars and restaurants.
The next morning we woke up early to rent some scooters to go explore the country side of Yangshuo. We rented 3 scooters and we were off! To where, well I had some ideas, but wasn’t exactly sure, but that’s part of the fun I guess. We were looking for a country road down the river that had ancient bridges that crossed it.
After a short delay due to a flat tire in Emile’s scooter we made it to the bridge. Dragon Bridge is about a 600 year old bridge that crosses over the Yulong River. Below bridge we found many people swimming so we also jumped in for a refreshing swim.
So what else is there to do at dragon bridge? Well jump off it of course! That’s right! Its about 10m up above the water. Me and Emile climbed up on to the edge of the bridge and after a quick 1, 2, 3 we jumped off into the cold water below! Even though I was told the water was deep enough, you never know, so I admit I had a few jitters before jumping off. But in the end we both were fine! G on the other hand, didn’t listen and point his feet down. He jumped twice, and BOTH times he crashed into the water on his ass! Later that night when we got back the blue bruises on his body gave a good contrast to the red sunburns all over the rest of his body! Anyways, we spent about an hour at the bridge, but right before we left to head back on the road, I was challenged by a local boy to a race across the river to the other bank.
That night was the last night in Yangshuo so we all decided to go see the cormorant fishing; something I really wanted to see. For those that haven’t heard of this, a fisherman basically throws these cormorant fishing birds into the water, they then dive and catch fish, the fisherman brings them back in and they cough off the fish! (The cormorants necks are tied, so they can’t shallow the fish). I really don’t see how this is a good deal for these birds, but hey the fisherman does good! All that sounds pretty cool doesn’t it!? Well its not! For those people that have seen the pictures online (http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/17/25017-004-57ADAAC5.
Anyways, after the “show” we all decided to go see the Longji rice terraces just outside of Guilin the next morning. We all had to head back to Guilin to go our separate ways, so we thought it would be fun to do one more daytrip together.
On to the rice terraces!
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