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
view on the water
More pictures from around town…
sitting on the dock
fisherman (fisherwoman?) looking for tourists to po$e with her cormorant (fish-grabbing) birds