Arriving to Yangshou by
boat from Guilin and cruising down the Li River. We had
our 5 pieces of suit cases on the boat, luckily there was
plenty of room on the first deck. After we docked, we waited
at the Lucky Buffalo Bar until we could check into our hotel.
We had to wait until the road opened up for car traffic...
We checked into Li River Retreat. nice place, although in
need of some serious updating... A bit rustic for our taste
- however the setting was just spectacular!!! Definitely
one of the "best scenery" hotel experiences we have every
had. So calm, so peaceful and so serene.
We spent a few days in Yangshou, going bicycling for an
entire day (ouch - not used to over 8 hours on a bike nowadays),
bamboo rafting down the Yulong river, and also went to see
the famous Yunnan evening show, composed by well-known Zhang
Jigang who directed the opening ceremony at the Olympic
games held in Beijing. What a spectacular show !!! We also
went hot air ballooning over Yangshou, beautiful scenery,
a bit hazy and cloudy - but still was a very nice 1 hour
Overall, we really liked Yangshou and would definitely come
back for another visit, especially when investment dollars
come into the area, making the city more of a resort town
with 5-star accommodation and upscale dining than just a
Bicycling Tour in Yangshou
Went on a day long bicycle trip. We passed
rice fields, live fish markets (with snakes and weird
super small strange looking fish), small villages, and
saw an array of vegetables and fruits.
Bamboo Rafting on the Yulong River
Taking a nice, relaxing nap! We went on a
bamboo raft for about 2 hours.
Admiring the view after climbing 800 steps
up to Moon Hill.
Hot Air Ballooning
Going hot air ballooning over Yangshou. Absolutely
Yunnan Impressions Show
Watching the outdoor Yunnan show with
the Yangshou hills as a backdrop (all lighted up) really
made this performance one of a kind. Over 500 people
take part in the show, everything was done flawlessly
and along with the music created a perfect evening entertainment.
This part of the show was very nice. All
these lighted up "skeletons" are people
(and there are many more the camera could not capture on
the whole thing was choreographed without mistake. Off and
us of falling dominos - and all of the lights worked perfectly.
Definitely not like hanging our Christmas lights at home.
Out & About
Also need to do some work and "re & dehydration".
Sitting right outside the
lobby of the hotel. Not too bad of a view for a temporary