After our cruise on the River Li, we traveled once again by bus to Yangshuo. We’d paid for an optional tour to visit a rice terrace but it had been cancelled. However, Lily was kind enough to stop along the road for picture taking. She chose places where less traffic passed on the highway, not where everyone found the area interesting for photographing.
- Breaded lemon chicken (overcooked, hard and dried out)
- Fried rice with egg – bowl shape (dried out)
- Ground pork and sticky rice balls (delicious)
- Corn soup
- Fried green beans with ground pork (too salty)
- Mushrooms, eggplant and 2 – 3 carrot slices
- Slivered peppers, onions and small strips of chicken
- Broccoli (yay)
- Sweet and sour pork with red peppers (salty sauce, tough as leather)
- Spring rolls
This is the first time I hadn’t had much good to say about the food. Are you shocked? The rest of the group praised lunch. If I compared these offerings to yesterday’s dinner I preferred dinner; everyone else said dinner was terrible. Really? Still, I hadn’t been hungry once in China because I couldn’t eat my fill. I usually try a little bit of everything on the menu and am easily full but eat too much anyway.
My father had a saying, “No matter what, praise everything, however not to your liking.” I’ve never liked this type of thinking, but socially we all do react in a similar fashion most of the time. White lies and stretching the truth are a constant in our lives. Pity, social situations demand them.
Shopping at West Street
Sue sped off alone. She likes shopping on her own and not hold anyone up or wait for them. Bonnie and I paired up. Neither of us had grand plans of buying anything. I’m not much of a shopper.
She did buy some costume jewelry: a couple Cloisonne look-alike bracelets, and I broke down and bought a necklace for my daughter. Neither was expensive. I found similar bracelets run around $25.00 each online, but she didn’t pay anywhere near that, nor did I.
Meanwhile her husband wanted to explore and climb Bilian Peak (also called Green Lotus Mountain), but access was closed due to reconstruction. He did take some wonderful photos as he wandered along the River Li. “Still much better than shopping,” he said.
Afterwards, the afternoon was free. I stayed at the hotel to rest and read. Sue and some of the ladies opted for massages. I recall they were around $20.00 USD for an hour’s workout.
Supper Monday (at another hotel, not the one we’re staying at)
- Tomato and egg soup
- Breaded lemon chick with corn, (chewy, hard and over-cooked)
- Fat French Fries
- Steam white rice
- Sweet and sour pork
- Eggplant (in tasty sauce)
- Ham with sprouts, cucumber sliced small and green onions
- Beef and onions
- Finely sliced vegetables (a mystery but tasty)
- Orange slices with skins on for dessert
One of the men from our English Group 8 invited Lily, our tour guide, to eat with us, but she declined. It is company policy guides not eat with the clients. Why? Because it’s policy. The guide with the French Group, sat with his people all the time we told her. She made no comment. I wonder if he’d come with them all the way from Montreal.
Lily had a room at the same hotel we stayed at a floor above us, same as had Lisa. Our previous guides, Robert, Jackie and Steve lived in their respective cities and went home at the end of each day.
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Additional Rice Field Images
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Next on March 6: Day 19, Part 1 – Yangshuo to Guilin
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