Yangshuo is labeled “sleepy little backpackers’ town” with “views that have inspired Chinese artists for centuries.”  While the scenery is breathtaking, the pollution is killer and the town has lost a lot of its quaintness in its mad dash to commercialize. 

The highlight of the weekend was an early kayak trip down the Lijiang river Saturday morning.  We got dropped off upstream and paddled for about 3 hours.  We had no guide, the morning was fresh, and there were very few tourists out – just fishermen and locals.


note:  pictures were “depollutionized” in photoshop


karen kayaking


view on the water




More pictures from around town…


biking around


sitting on the dock




fisherman (fisherwoman?) looking for tourists to po$e with her cormorant (fish-grabbing) birds

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