Yangshuo

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

 

 paddle

 

More pictures from around town…

 

biking around

 

sitting on the dock

 

beautiful

 

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

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