Part 3 - Guangxi Province cont’d
Yangshuo is one of the most famous tourist cities in China, so we anticipated seeing many foreign faces (as I did at the tourist attractions in Thailand for example). That was surprisingly not the case, though the city was flooded with Chinese tourists. Thankfully we stayed at a hostel outside the city in a village called ShiBanQiao, which was more peaceful at night.
After an afternoon and an overnight in Yangshuo we carried on to a smaller town called XingPing, farther north on the iconic Li River. There we had the chance to take a bamboo raft along the river, another one of the most scenic places I’ve ever been to. Karsts rise high up hundreds of meters from the otherwise flat ground all around the river, how fascinating this planet truly is. This karst scene along the river is quite famous in China: it is found on the back of the 20RMB note.
We returned to Yangshuo the next day and took a cooking class. There we learned how to make several local dishes, and they came out surprisingly well considering how little cooking experience I have. My favorite dish featured lotus root, with bamboo shoots, peppers, and onions. Unsure of catfish’s kashrut status, we elected to use tofu for the beer fish dish. Served with carrots and tomatos and several other vegetables, it was a tasty alternative. I hope to learn how to cook more soon.
The cooking class was more or less the end of our Guangxi adventure, last night I flew to Shenzhen, Guangdong province. Tomorrow I will leave Shenzhen for 3 days in Hong Kong!