Scoping Out XingPing

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Tofu at Yangshuo market
Two days ago Bill (a guy I met from Indiana at my guesthouse) and I took the bus up to XingPing to check out the town.  XingPing is north of Yangshuo and is significantly smaller, but in comparison to Aishanmen village it's enormous.  Paved roads!  Motorized vehicles!  More pedestrians than you can count on two hands!  It's still a very small town though, with one artery running down its middle and no streetlights for miles around.  (There's only one streetlight in Yangshuo, and that's the largest town between here and Guilin, a good three hours away.
Yangshuo market


I've been on the hunt for a more affordable daily existence, and Bill wanted to be closer to a particular hiking trail.  Romana, another traveler we met at the guesthouse (more on Romana later, she's been a godsend), told us about a nice hostel in XingPing, so we came up to check it out.  We timed our visit with the local market, which rotates every few days throughout the villages in the Yangshuo region.  Being satisfied with the hostel we both made reservations to return, and met David (originally from Vancouver but currently living in Hong Kong) huddling over the bowl of coals to warm up from a hike. 

The three of us hung out for an hour or so, warming our hands and swapping travel stories, before snagging a bowl of yummy noodles next door and heading out for the markets.  Yangshuo is overrun with tourists and touts and overpriced everything.
These guys were still opening their mouths and flopping around, even though they were sliced into pieces. Talk about wrenching. (Yangshuo market)
  XingPing has a decent amount of tourists coming through it as it's a main stop for most boats cruising the Li River, but there are far fewer tourists and touts and hustle.  There aren't many places to stay, and so the town doesn't have many foreigners wandering through it.  It seems most of the tourists are of the Chinese persuasion, and step off their boat and immediately into a big tour bus, to be whisked back to Guilin.

The market was pretty big.  It had everything from fresh produce to live fish and animals to freshly slaughtered fish and animals (NOT pleasant to listen to in the least) to candy to rice and beans and noodles to a whole assortment of blue and pink and purple and speckled eggs.  (I LOVE the colorful variety of eggs in the country!)  We poked around and bought some fruit, said goodbye to David, and headed back to Aishanmen.

Mission accomplished.
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Tofu at Yangshuo market
Tofu at Yangshuo market
Yangshuo market
Yangshuo market
These guys were still opening thei…
These guys were still opening the…
Main street in XingPing
Main street in XingPing
Main street in XingPing
Main street in XingPing
Rice and noodles and beans at Xing…
Rice and noodles and beans at Xin…
Dried tofu skins at XingPing Market
Dried tofu skins at XingPing Market
Colorful eggs at XingPing Market
Colorful eggs at XingPing Market
XingPing Market
XingPing Market
Butcher at XingPing Market
Butcher at XingPing Market
Check out all that ginger! XingPin…
Check out all that ginger! XingPi…
Chickens - there were hundreds of …
Chickens - there were hundreds of…
XingPing Market
XingPing Market
XingPing Market
XingPing Market
Road back to Yangshuo
Road back to Yangshuo
Road back to Yangshuo
Road back to Yangshuo
Road back to Yangshuo
Road back to Yangshuo
Xingping Hostels review
Friendly Hostel in XingPing
This Old Place was a decent place to stay. It's a 40 minute drive outside of Yangshuo, and is located on the Li River within XingPing. It's a great l… read entire review
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