A cruise and a breathtaking show

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View over the river

The day we would see the famous Karst Mountains up close. The boat trip over the Li river would take about three to three and a half hours. It was a big boat, with multiple groups. We had nice seats, more like benches actually. In the middle were the stairs up to the deck of the boat. It was lovely standing there. The wind was nice and the view really pretty. With a bit of imagination you can see a lot of things in those moutains, or well the Chinese do anyway. We saw seven horses, the crown cave, a mother holding a child, a rhino waiting for a lion to attack (or something like that anyway), but even though it wasn't always as clear, it was beautiful and worth the full three hours. Not that it should have taken any longer.

We had lunch on the boat, with rice, meat, sweet and sour pork, etc, and drinks (which you had to pay of course) As usual tea was free of charge.

After lunch they came with what was called the famous snake liquor. It looked gross, was expensive and i didn't try it. It was just a very big bottle with a dead snake and liquid.

We boarded in Yangshuo at about 1 pm. We walked to our hotel through West Street (the main street in Yangshuo). After that we had the afternoon off. We opted to go to Liu's Impression Show that evening, so we had untill 7 to do whatever we wanted. When we walked to the hotel we saw a stand with those huge fans. We saw a few we really liked and after a while picked and actually bought one (we still have to hang it though). But i just instantly loved it. We also bought a few masks. (Honestly the low prices are a killer for your wallet in the end  x)) All worth it.

We had dinner in a not by the hostess recommended restaurant, unfortunately i forgot the name. It's located on the second floor of a building across the big mall in West street. The food was heavenly. There you can find out the local dishes are more spicy then in Beijing though...but the food was SO good and it was so much we couldn't even eat it all.....[edit: it was called Cloud 9]

Ok so at 7 we left for the practically most famous show of the region. Liu's Impression show is a show that takes place in the open air. The Karst Mountains are the decor, with a big lake as a stage. After the show we heard that 600 people performed in it...600 people for one show! And that was just the players, not the people backstage... But back to the show. Pictures were a bit hard to take, and because it was in Chinese i didn't understand the slightest bit of it, but it was breathtaking. The way they used the decor and lighting, the colors of the costumes, the singing and dancing. You saw all the minority groups represented, in traditional clothing, the colors indicated the different scenes (the blue/purple one was my favorite). Honestly if you can, go see that! We even bought the DVD. Totally worth every yuan you pay for it.

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View over the river
View over the river
The Crown Cave
The Crown Cave
Snake liquor
Snake liquor
Don´t forget the vendors!
Don´t forget the vendors!
Buffalos!
Buffalos!
The mall opposite the restaurant. …
The mall opposite the restaurant.…
To Liu´s Show
To Liu´s Show
2,491 km (1,548 miles) traveled
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