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!