We had a great two days touring Yangshuo with Jing (Feng’s sister) on the first day and then with Feng on our second day.
Both were incredibly friendly, and showed us unspoiled parts of the Yangshuo area by bike (fantastic), boat, raft and on foot.
Our tour started with cycling around the Moon Hill area through remote agricultural villages, beautiful karst mountains and paddy fields. We learnt a lot about how many people live in rural china, and explored areas that we wouldn’t have found without a guide. Jing was absolutely brilliant with the children, and always had a ready smile for all. We hiked up Moon Hill (500 steps) to enjoy the view from the top, and visited a limestone cave and cycled everywhere. Wonderful.
On day 2, Feng picked us up by car, and we drove to the river at Yangti and got on a motorboat to Xingping which is the most spectacular part of the Li river. In Xingping Feng showed us the old town which is very pretty. Afterwards we drove to Fuli where we say traditional fans being made, and on to the market which was a real eye opener. My son had wanted to get some Chinese playing cards which we had seen the locals playing around West Street Yangshuo. We asked Feng and in the market we bought these for 3 RMB. On west street we have been offered them first for 160RMB, then as we walked away for ‘only’ 60RMB. The market was astonishing to western eyes, seeing the local farmers bringing meager produce to sell, and herbal medicines to apparently cure almost any ailment. Fascinating. Afterwards we took a bamboo raft down the Yulong river which was a lot of fun.
I would strongly recommend getting a guide if you are going to Yangshuo. You will do more, experience things and enjoy your time much more with a guide.
Feng’s English is good, slightly better than Jing, but we had a brilliant time with both of them.
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