A cruise and a breathtaking show
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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.
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.
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.