Day 13 – Yangshuo

Today was a wonderful day. Having been able to get a little bit more sleep than normally the students could explore the township of Yangshuo on their own. Yangshuo is where also chinese domestic tourism takes place. Every Chinese wants to take a ride on the Li River and then stay a few nights in this village. Due to this fact there are myriad stores where you can find whatever you are looking for. As the township is pretty small the students ran into each other every other block.  After a few hard and tiring days finally some kind of holiday feeling came up.

At 2.45 PM all the students met at the hotel lobby to welcome Dr. Rüttimann with various cakes. A touching Happy Birthday was sung what the birthday child appreciated. After a few bites from the delicious cakes we boarded three mini buses, which took us to a secret place. Dr. Rüttimann organized a surprise.

After arriving at a River we took traditional bamboo boats with two seats each. With these bamboo boats we drove down the river. Some took the chance to hold and reflect about the experiences made in China others preferred to let come out their inner child and started huge water fights until everybody involved in these fights was completely wet.

We had dinner together and went to a light show afterwards. It was a very impressive light show with lots of actors and how were singing Chinese songs. In the European ear it sometimes sounded a bit wired but the Chinese tourists seemed to enjoy the music quiet a lot. Nevertheless the performance with the lights was spectacular.

Hopefully we will have a nice and safe trip to Guangzhou tomorrow.

Cheers

Day 12 – Li River cruise & Yangshuo

After one night in Guilin the next day started with a boat cruise on the Li river in order to go to our next destination: the town of Yangshuo.

Lijang River originates from Cat Mountain in Xing’an County in the North of Guilin. It flows 437km down through the towns of Guilin, Yangshou and Wuzhou. The distance between Guilin and Yangshou is about 83km. Along the river banks we travelled through spectacular landscapes composed of hills, towering peaks, cliffs and odd-shapped crags, all reflected in the water of the river.  Continue reading

Day 12: A day in the countryside

This day probably was the non-business highlight of the trip. We started off early in the morning and after half an hour bus ride, we boarded a cruise boat on the Li River. Because of misunderstandings, we were forced to take seats on one of the lower decks. However, during the four hours cruise, we were free to go wherever we liked to really be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery and outstanding landscape. Since it was Mr. Rüttimann’s birthday, we were spoiled with birthday cakes after lunch. Continue reading

WATER, WATER, WATER… AND FLOOD

Flood along the Li River - same scenery as on the 20 Yuan note

Flood along the Li River - same scenery as on the 20 Yuan note

Sunday started the same as Saturday ended; everybody had some free time to enjoy the town Yangshuo. Even though it was still raining, most of us walked along the famous West Street through the town and bargained with the Chinese shop owners over Souvenirs, clothes and jewellery, hoping to get a good price. Others went to the market and had the saying confirmed that the Chinese eat dogs, as they saw dead dogs hanging from the ceiling.

At noon, we all went to Xingping and had the chance to look at the scenery which is on the 20 Yuan note. Unfortunately, part of the scenery was covered by trees as we could not walk to the viewing point because of the floods. Nevertheless, the passionate photographers among us waded through the water to have a perfect view on the mountains. Afterwards we headed to the Moon Hill restaurant, where we enjoyed a late lunch or an early dinner, having a great view on the Moon Hill, a mountain with a huge hole in it.

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An easy going day into the green

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Today, we finally could sleep a little bit longer before departing to Yangshou at 10.30am. Due to heavy rainfalls which flooded the streets brought about a change in our schedule. Instead of cruising down the Li River we went by bus to Yangshou. During the busride we passed by a magnificient scenery where we got the opportunity to explore how Chinese farmers live in rural areas.

After another 1.5h hours we eventually arrived at the Imperial City Hotel in Yangshou. In the afternoon we had individual time to explore the city and its surroundings on our own. However, most of the students went on a bike ride in this simply breathtaking landscape. During this ride the students which stuck to Mr. Ruettimann were invited by Peggy, a local woman and friend of him, for a refreshing drink. After a soaking wet ride back to the hotel we enjoyed the buzzing night life of Yangshou.

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