Wednesday 11 May
Yangshuo seems pretty busy with lots of activity. Not a large developed city like Shanghai, the town has quite a buzz. I notice this place is filled with large rock formations which suddenly jut out of the ground and are very steep. Unlike a mountain with a large slope, these remind me of Ha Long Bay in Vietnam which I’d visited, the only difference is Ha Long Bay is on water, here we’re on land. I was told there used to be ocean but not anymore. We walked to West Street which is where all the action is, particularly at night.
We popped into Lucy’s Place for breakfast. Lucy use to be a tour guide so a lot of foreigners pop by for the Western meals and English menus. It was good to have a Western breakfast of French toast and apple and carrot juice.
We then took a bike ride through the county side taking in the beauty and tranquality.
Time for lunch and you have to be quick because the food disappears fast. It’s also made taking photos of the food we’re eating challenging!
From the restaurant there’s an excellent view of Moon Hill.
The next activity is seeing a light show. The director of the light show was involved in the presentation at the Beijing Olympic games.
While the show was in Mandarin, the show was quite a performance, using lights to highlight the rock formations that jut out, illuminate the lake, and then there are the singing performers, many of which aren’t professionals. Excellent.
I headed back to the hotel while some members headed out to dinner. I fancied a treat and had passed by this place earlier so got a few items. The strawberry cake was delicious.
Thursday 12 May
I popped by Lucy’s Place again for breakfast and got waffles with chocolate sauce and also an apple and carrot juice.
We have a range of activities to choose from and I’m keen on a cooking class. We started off by visiting the fresh markets.
Then we took a drive through the country side where we cycled through yesterday to the cooking school. We made several dishes which weren’t really that hard but that is the simplicity of Chinese cuisine. It’s all about the preparation of your ingredients and then the techniques in controlling the heat of the wok. I found the experience really enjoyable and then we got to sit down to enjoy our creations. Plenty of food to eat which was delicious.
I really liked the eggplant in particular.
Really full, time to relax at the hotel.
Popped out in the afternoon to explore and had a walk through West Street, to the river, and then had a quick look at Yangshuo Park.
People playing cards, dancing, music playing, people watching. Interesting.
Also came by this place where I thought I’d buy a few items. No idea what they are but they taste yum.
After a quick rest at the hotel, we set off for a drive winding through the peaks and stopped for a few photos.
We stopped at another spot and climbed quite a few steps to the very top and got some lovely photos. The 20 yuan note has a picture from this area but it’s on the opposite side of where we were.
After climbing back down we visited the stone village which meant more steps to climb but this was a far flatter gradient.
The area has lots of mist so when sunset approaches, we couldn’t get the perfect picture.
Time for dinner so a number of us went to Minority Cafe.
Tofu stuffed with pork
Wow, absolutely delicious!
A local specialty of Yangshuo, this is another delicious dish.
Everywhere we go we order aubergine and it’s so amazing Chinese style.
Another yum dish.
Keep the yum factor coming!
Sounds like a boring veggie dish but you couldn’t be more wrong. This was really delicious and had a unique flavour to the other vegetable dishes I’ve eaten so far. I particularly loved the mushrooms.