So, China. Well, I guess after my pre-China post I owe you an update on what it was actually like going back.
So first things first, we spent the first two weeks out west in Guangxi and Yunnan provinces. I’d not been anywhere near that far west before so it was kind of like being in a new place.
The feeling was compounded by how backpacker friendly and just, frankly, how many packpackers there were in Guilin and Yangshou. If felt, very much, like south east Asia.
Guilin, while being very much a Chinese city like anyother, managed to have some charm of it’s own. Like Hangzhou, I guess it breaks the mold a little. THE boat ride to Yangshou was suitablly amazing and well worth the trip. Yangshou itself was nice. If anything the old town reminded me of Koh San Road in Bangkok but it redeemed itself by the setting and (if it handn’t rained the whole time) provides great access to hiking, biking, canoeing and climbing trips. Due to the weather, we ended up in cooking class, which was great. Though being taken to ‘visit’ the Chinese wet market was frankly a bit strange having lived next door to one for years.
The ‘Sleeping Bus’, was an experience and that’s all I have to say about that.
This post is one of a series of posts about our recent China holiday. To see all posts in the series, click here.