Yangshuo – Friday 3rd August

The flight Thursday night took us to Guilin and it was then an hour and a half bus into Yangshuo.  So we eventually checked into out hotel around 11pm.

I went for a walk late that night around Yangshuo and West Street as the town has a strong night life being popular with westerners and Chinese alike as an outdoors and party area – very similar feel to Queenstown in NZ.

 

Yangshuo – West Street

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The first item on the agenda Friday morning was a bike tour through the city and countryside, then onto some bamboo boats for an hour and half float down the Li River and then back onto the bikes for lunch and return to city.

 

Biking Through Yangshuo and Countryside

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Bamboo Boats down Li River

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As Expected Em Takes Charge

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One of Many Rapids – And Wet Bums

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After the bamboo boats it was back on the bikes, which had been taken down stream for us, and a 3km ride to Moon Hill of lunch where we tried the highly recommended local dish of Beer Fish.

 

Lunch at Moon Hill Cafe

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Moon Hill

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The ride back from Moon Hill to our Hotel took around an hour after which we needed a good rest.  It is hot and humid, much like Kuala Lumpur, and even through we are use to it the heat still takes it out of you.

We were back in the hotel foyer at 4pm for our Chinese Cooking Lesson. This started with a trip to the market. Nothing new to us living in Kuala Lumpur except it was first time I had seen frogs ready for the menu.

 

Local Market  -  Prawns  -  Frogs  -  And Molly

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The cooking lesson was great. We all really enjoyed it – both the cooking and the eating afterwards. Learnt some good tips for Stir Fry like heating oil up first on high then turn down to low to cook so as to not burn the food. Also always add some water at the end but do not stir until water is boiling and use the water to combine and even out the flavours.

 

Our Two Families – Ready, Steady, Cook

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Em the Master Chef

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Molly Hard at it

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The Results – Dumplings – Beer Fish – Chicken Cashew

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Enjoying the Spoils

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