Sunday, October 4, 2009

Adventures in Yangshuo

We are continuing to have an incredible time on our trip. Yesterday, we floated down the Li River on a bamboo raft and today we biked around the countryside on a tandem bike. (We would have taken two bikes, but the woman we rented them from wanted me to try them out first and then got scared - and so did I - by my lack of biking prowess. So, she talked us into a bicycle built for two, insisting that "the man can sit in front and do the work. You can just put your feet up. Don't do anything!") Embarrassment of having several Chinese spectators critique my biking skills aside, we ended up having a great day. We biked along rice paddies and between the many karst peaks dotting the area, making our way with a map printed in Chinese and several helpful people along the way. Our hostel - the Yangshuo Culture House is wonderful. Clean, bright, and homey, with all of our meals included. Last night, for dinner, there must have been at least ten different dishes, all served family style. Yum!

Tomorrow, on to Xi'an!

6 comments:

  1. It only seems fitting that you two lovebirds should travel on a tandem bike "...and the two shall be as one; and the man shall do the work; and the woman shall sit back, relax, and enjoy the sights." Isn't it written that way somewhere??? :)

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  2. Wow - this all sounds fabulous. The bike story makes me laugh (with flash backs to our family biking adventures in Door County) - biking sounds like a really great way to explore, though.

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  3. I hope someone took your picture on that bicycle. It sounds as though you're having an amazing time!

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  4. Can you see the BIG smile on my face:)? I love to read your stories at the end of a very long day. You energize me! These will be the crazy moments you share with your children someday. What fun!! Stay safe xoxo Mom

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  5. I loved this story about biking! My aunt and uncle have a tandem bike so maybe you can borrow that to "see the sights" when you come to Minnesota next year...

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