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Like punting, but in the tropics....

sunny 29 °C
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Today began with bamboo rafting down the river Li - just us, our "rafter" and the bikes we had rented for the day. Really when they say "bamboo rafting" they should make it clear that the "raft" is not, in fact, made of bamboo, and has a motor attached, which we think makes it more akin to a boat than a raft! But who are we to argue?! Yet again, the scenery was spectacular and on the way to our final destination we stopped in at a little village famous for the painting of traditional Chinese fans (cue more souvenir buying!). We were promised that there was a spectacular Qing Dynasty gate house at our tiny destination village of Luigong, and it was so spectacular that we promptly walked past it without even realising! Next thing we knew we were on our bikes and on the road heading back to Yangshuo! Oh well! It can't have been that impressive, right?!

The cycle back to our hostel was lovely, through some proper Chinese villages and countryside. However, we were warned that the bikes from the hostel were not great and after half an hour Tam's bike developed a curious tendancy to break by itself! Tam manfully struggled on regardless (after several attempts at bashing the wheel with a giant rock in the hopes of fixing the problem!)! Navigating the busy, and somewhat insane, streets of Yangshuo was interesting but we both survived in one piece and were back at our hostel by lunchtime!

Quick refuel stop before catching a car to a very small village nearby where we could get on a REAL bamboo raft (surprisingly like punting!)! Despite the copious numbers of Chinese tourists, we spent a very relaxing hour floating down the Yulong River (if you don't count the seven or eight mini waterfalls we had to go down in our raft!).

Then back to the hostel for some planning and dinner!

Jo xxx

Posted by Tam-Jo 01:14 Archived in China Tagged yangshuo

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Oooh looks lush :) although the bamboo rafts look a lot more dangerous than punting! Jobo, I cant actually believe you spent 3 years living in the city of cycling and refusing to get on a bike, then head over to china and hop straight on one hahaha..

Having a girls night out tonight and I have some Aspalls chilling in the fridge, I will think of you as I drink it out of my Aspalls fish bowl!! Miss you!! Bob xx

by Bobbington

Love your comment Bob!! How true! Col says he's tucking into a bottle of wine as you tuck into your cider! Difficult to believe, eh?!

by Mum and Dad (Ven)

Tam, maybe you missed your calling in life as an engineer...bash it with a giant rock...love it...Sounds like another amazing day : D! Bob I couldn't agree more...terrible antics Jo! :p xxx

by Adam

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