Holiday – China: Yangshuo


Wednesday 11 May

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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.
Lucy's - French toast and apple and carrot juice
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.
Lovely bike ride through the country side of Yangshuo
We then took a bike ride through the county side taking in the beauty and tranquality.
Lovely bike ride through the country side of Yangshuo
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!
Pork dishes
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
Aubergine
Lunch
Beef
Lunch
Lemon chicken
Lunch
Water spinach
Lunch
Egg dumplings
Lunch
Veggies
Lunch
Mushrooms
Lunch
Dessert
Lunch
From the restaurant there’s an excellent view of Moon Hill.
Yangshuo

Others went to a mud bath and water cave while I cooled my heals.
Yangshuo
We then rode back and dropped the bikes off before walking to the hotel for a break.

One of the guys and I popped out to try and find something to eat and found a dumplings eatery so we had a few different items.
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The next activity is seeing a light show. The director of the light show was involved in the presentation at the Beijing Olympic games.
Yangshuo light show
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.
Yangshuo light show
Yangshuo light show
Yangshuo light show
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.
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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.
Lucy's - Waffles and 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.
Fresh markets
Fresh markets
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.

The first dish we made was an appetizer – egg dumplings.
Cooking school at Yangshuo
These were absolutely delicious if I may say so as I made these myself. The fatty pork and rich egg are an excellent combination.

We then prepared the other dishes.
Cooking school at Yangshuo
Steamed chicken with mushrooms
Stir fried pork with vegetables and oyster sauce
Eggplant Yangshuo style
Green vegetables with garlic

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.
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20160512_YangshuoPark
People playing cards, dancing, music playing, people watching. Interesting.
Some random valley goods that looked worthwhile trying
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.
A few viewpoints, Stone village, and nearing sunset
A few viewpoints, Stone village, and nearing sunset
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.
China - Yangshuo - Viewpoint
A few viewpoints, Stone village, and nearing sunset
After climbing back down we visited the stone village which meant more steps to climb but this was a far flatter gradient.
A few viewpoints, Stone village, and nearing sunset
A few viewpoints, Stone village, and nearing sunset
The area has lots of mist so when sunset approaches, we couldn’t get the perfect picture.
A few viewpoints, Stone village, and nearing sunset

Time for dinner so a number of us went to Minority Cafe.

Tofu stuffed with pork
Wow, absolutely delicious!
Dinner at Minority Cafe
Ginger duck
A local specialty of Yangshuo, this is another delicious dish.
Dinner at Minority Cafe
Aubergine
Everywhere we go we order aubergine and it’s so amazing Chinese style.
Dinner at Minority Cafe
Cashew chicken
Another yum dish.
Dinner at Minority Cafe
Mango chicken
Keep the yum factor coming!
Dinner at Minority Cafe
Mixed vegetables
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.
Dinner at Minority Cafe

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