Yangshuo!

Yangshuo really does live up to the hype. Granite spires arise from otherwise flat rice fields and rivers in one the most spectacular environments I’ve visited.

Yangshuo

Yangshuo

I’m couchsurfing at an English school, so at night I spend 2 hours in an open conversation session with some Chinese students. Their English is really good and it allows me to have all my questions answered about the place.

The markets are packed with cool stuff, but I’m holding off on buying anything though I do need a new pair of shoes.

Today I rented a bike for 10 RMB (~$1.30) and rode out 8km to the Dragon Bridge. Not spectacular, but I did go swimming and jumped off the top into the river. Then biked a really great trail back towards Yangshuo that followed the river.

Dragon Bridge

Dragon Bridge

My front tire popped and I thought I was in trouble, but luckily I was right near a village and found a guy who patched me up and took out two thorns from the tire. Only charged me 20 RMB but I gave an extra 10 since he really could have gouged me if he wanted to. I was tempted to take the river cruise but stuck to my bike.

Fixing the Bike

Fixing the Bike

I found one school who will let me teach for a month, free visa, food, and room and board plus 4000 RMB. Tempting to stay for a month….