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Day 18, Part 2 – More Yangshuo

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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.

Lunch

  • 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.

http://www.travelchinaguide.com/picture/guangxi/yangshuo/west-street.htm

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.

Images of Real Cloisonne Jewelry

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.

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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
  • tea

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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57 thoughts on “Day 18, Part 2 – More Yangshuo

  1. glad you got some photos. And this time, the food doesn’t seem as enjoyable as in the past. But still you were able to find a few things that were good.

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  2. I need to put a sticky note on my monitor with a warning not to read your blog before I have eaten Dinner. During reading I got up and got me 3 cookies before Dinner and I blame you entirely 🙂 I enjoy your blog so much, have I told you that lately?

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  3. Looking at the work in the rice fields I shall not complain about any tasks I have for a very long time.

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  4. What lovely images from RJ. This might be the first time that i didn’t fear for your life, or at least your feet. Huge hugs!

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  5. Ground pork and sticky rice balls sound delicious. And the slide show was wonderful. The mountain views are gorgeous.

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  6. Yes, chicken is something that must be cared for. Too much time in the warmer kills it. Interesting slide show.

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  7. Hmm the cuisine not as good as other days. I have watched them tend to rice paddies in vietnam, perhaps we should think next time we open our packet of rice, exactly what work it involves in some countries. Lovely slide show darling. xx

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  8. Ahh now I didn’t get the impression that you were enjoying the food very often, I’m glad you did! Your descriptions fascinate me 🙂

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  9. HI Tess,
    Those photos of the farmer ploughing with the cow are really a wonderful capture. I appreciate hearing the details, like about your different guides boundaries, and even different shopping strategies. Thanks so much for sharing. This is a trip I really want to make some day.

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  10. That work in the rice fields looks tougher than your chicken!

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  11. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    The journey continues in China and if you are planning a trip to this enormous country you would be interested in all the previous posts which will give you a real insight into the culture, customs and food you are likely to encounter.. thank you Tess Karlinski for this wonderful virtual tour.

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  12. Lovely pictures, Tess. Wish mine had turned out as good as those!

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  13. Reading your coments, it’s like living again my trip, however I guess yours was a bit long. I like doing pps. (power points) if you want I can send you some of them. My regards from Barcelona, Spain

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  14. The jewellery looks gorgeous. I´m sure your daughter was happy with the piece you brought back for her. The pictures look great.

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  15. finally I have time to get caught up on your China series!! now that I’m not obsessed with finding the new job…..

    I’m so far behind….thanks for these travel posts. they’re so interesting!!

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  16. I think the problem with Chinese food prepared in hotels all to often it is prepared in large quantities for mass service. Some dishes lend themselves for this, others not so much. It is unfortunate you didn’t enjoy your meals.

    You should have gone for the massage!!

    Tess, if I were with you we would have shopped. I am an expert and shopping in Asia is an experience if you open your mind with your pocketbook closed and your budget firmly in mind. I loved shopping over there, truly I loved it.

    Your friends pictures are quite marvelous, I am glad he lets you use them, lends a feel for everything your words tell us. I continue to be so glad you took this trip and can’t wait for your next one.

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  17. I enjoyed all of the information you posted here. I don’t usually expect the food in places I travel to be as good as where I live. But, a salty meal would have my ankles so swollen I’d need s wheel chair. It’ s one of the condiments I find people overdo.
    I’ll be back to read part one. Busy weekend … Friends from Boston. 😃

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  18. You had such an extensive trip it’s a good thing you kept good notes and took many photos! Were you hungering for a pizza or a simple favorite of yours you hadn’t seen during the trip?

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  19. That’s interesting about the guide. I wonder if she was shy or really not allowed. I have my suspicions.

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  20. Do the spring rolls jump very high? Why didn’t you order something wherein you could remain in your chair?

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  21. Great images and interesting commentary about the guides. I don’t think they have much leeway if they are locals. I’m with Teagan though and I’m pleased this seemed to be a more sedate and less dangerous part of the trip, even if the food was a bit boring…:) Thanks for the virtual tour Tess!

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  22. I wonder if Lily wanted to spend more time with you guys or not? Bummer about the bad meals. It’s nice that so far that is the first bad meal. Not bad considering how far in to the trip you have gotten. I’m not much of a shopper, but like your friend, I probably would prefer going alone if I was to go. That way I can stop and go without worrying about holding up others.

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  23. Another fascinating post on your China trip. This is the closest I am ever going to get to China; how nice to experience it from your perspective!

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  24. Very interesting as always Tess. Nice pics too 🌻

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  25. I am just dazzled by your pics!

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  26. Enjoyed this as always Tess 🙂 Loved the slideshow, shame about the dinner though 😦 Wonder why your tour guide said that? Sounds like a more chilling and relaxed day and I’m with you about the shopping, not my thing either 🙂 😛 😉

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  27. You have a career waiting for you as a food critic, Tessa!

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  28. I envy your opportunity to travel and have this kind of adventure, Tess. Thanks for allowing me to come along vicariously!

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  29. I think I would prefer to walk along the river over shopping. Nothing wrong with shopping, but I get bored quickly.

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  30. Another China post I nearly missed! I just don’t have the time I want to read blogs anymore! My aunt is a kind of tour guide, she works for a company that do trips for, let’s say more mature people, she accompanies them on cruises and various trips around the world, anyway, with her company, they are actually expected to sit and eat with the clients, it’s part of their job to do that, to be with them and amongst them.

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  31. Loved the slide show and enjoying the virtual tour much. I must have severe ADD. told Hubby last night I wouldn’t want to cruise for more than 7 days (5 isounds fine too). All I keep wondering is, howling before you were seriously ready to go home?

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  32. Fascinating travels and interesting choices of foods that you share. I will never see all that you have seen in my lifetime so I am living precariously through you, Tess! Ha! I an fussy about my food too. I always critique my meals when I go out. You have been fortunate to have seen and done so much! Good for you!! Hugs!

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