Scoping Out XingPing
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November 19th, 2009 – by: domnicella
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.
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.
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