Biking around Yangshuo, China
Nik and I have spent the last two days wandering around Yangshuo, China by foot and bicycle. The town is touristy and for the first night we slept at the Yangshuo International Youth Hostel on the main street, and it was so noisy that we had to leave first thing the next morning. We found a great little riverside hotel that is still close to all the restaurants with a balcony, free internet, clean linens and it’s quiet after dark. It was our perfect night time retreat.
We left the town around 10am both mornings to bike through the countryside. We depended on the free tourist map that the hotel provided, and in hindsight, I wish we had splurged for the 2¥ detailed map that showed all of the major attractions and bike destinations. Our free map got us where we needed to go, but on the second day we got turned around and I think we could have taken a better path. Oh well. Since the days were simple, I don’t have many stories to tell, but here are the photos….
On our first day, we stopped for lunch in the small village of LiuGong. The owner was a fairly young Chinese man whose daughter spoke very good english and took the orders for all of the foreigners. The dining porch overlooked the river and was full of casual reminders that all of the food served came from the land. A huge pile of potatoes was tucked into one corner, fresh sausage dried along the hand rails, fresh greens sat in a basket waiting to be washed, and bushels of mandarin oranges and pomellos sat off to the side. Our lunch of pork with green peppers and pumpkin was delicious. After we finished we arranged for a boat to take us back to town, and while we waited for it to arrive, the owner took us on a short hike through the town to see a couple caves, the temple and a couple vistas of the river. We could tell that he was proud of his village and this was an opportunity for him to show off. I think he enjoyed our short 45 minute outing as much as we did!!
If I could, I would bike through fruit trees and mountains and along rivers every day. China, you are a beautiful country.
*Photos taken by Nik. Visit his blog: Riding Bikes in Beautiful Yangshuo, China