Yangshuo

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Anne Claire and I took advantage of the “study break” to discover mainland China, before actually using the break for what it is supposed to, aka study to finals. We were lucky enough to have the perfect timing, managing to avoid the Amber storm in Hong Kong, and arrive to Yangshuo just by the time rain ended. We’ve not been blessed with weather lately in HK culminating to the previous weekend, resulting in floods over the city. Afraid of this, I decided to leave my camera home and regretting it immediately in clear-sky Yansghuo, having to live the memories through iPhone pics…

The village turned out to be bigger and more touristy than we expected. However, I fell in love with the unique landscape, which is often described as most beautiful in China. The village itself was cozy, a blend of westernized yet Chinese.

We spent our days cruising a river on a bamboo boat, bicycling around the town, took a mud bath followed by hot spring in a cave, tea plant visit, hiking to a view of Li River… We discovered the most delicious vegetable curry ever and returned to the restaurant to have it for almost every meal since… On the last night we ordered a bottle of wine which ended up being more than just one bottle. I have to say I have not felt as bad the next day in years, but we for sure had fun. I already look forward visiting this French beauty in Paris next summer, followed by a trip to French countryside to their family summer house. I can clearly imagine us sipping wine and enjoying cheese on a sunset….