Thursday, January 8, 2015

Cycling and Town

Rain fell a few days while we visited Yangshuo and the days wound up a little less than magnificent. Though spacious, our room quickly became small as the wee ones bounced off walls, climbed on every imaginable surface and insisted on group naps. These rainy, cooler days made the sunny ones oh so much more enjoyable...

The girls are so comfortable in bikes that they often grab quick little naps. Yeah, little travelers! The bike ride into town from the guest house was relatively short. The Giggling Tree had plenty of bikes with carriers to choose from and traffic was low.


The girls have always enjoyed markets. Now, their little fingers want to touch everything that they come across. This is OK with Budha sculptures but it is a good thing that the sausage links were suspended far out of reach.


It was definitely the off-season in Yangshuo. West Street, the "main drag," had few people roaming through the knick-knack shops and restaurants. Imagine peak season when this street is wall to wall with people.


View in downtown Yangshuo


Do not have fun in the water - for your safety, of course...

Scooters jetted up and down small roads with drivers stopping in the attempt to persuade people to take bamboo rafts down the river. We already had a boating experience but headed down to the dock to see the activity. Most of the boats stayed tied together though a few headed downstream with passengers bundled up in puff coats - maybe next time during warmer weather.



Typical shuttle bus

Brilliant! A scooter with a sun shade / rain protector.


Alive and alert for another bike ride


The sign in the distance says "Hand-made beer". Unfortunately, it was not made by a brew master...


XO works out the mechanics of chopsticks as she giggles while Mom struggles to down her hand-made beer.


No problem, just grazing along the bike path...


Bike scenery - the ride was spectacular. The day warmed up to pleasant riding conditions and we followed back roads beside fields, along rivers and through the karst mountains.


Moon Hill - the biking destination


River crossing





Farewell Yangshuo - maybe we'll be back when the little ones are ready to climb your limestone walls.

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