a nighttime stroll through yangshuo

Saturday, October 4:  After our long bike ride and late lunch, I’m neither energetic nor hungry this evening.  I take a stroll around the town just as the sun sets and the streets light up.  I don’t do much except take pictures of some of the shop windows and then drop into a pretty little cafe for a mango juice.  That’s about all I’m hungry for after my lunch at Passion Fruit Leisure Farm.

Here are a few nighttime shots of the charming town of Yangshuo.

China's National Holiday: the crowds and the Chinese flags on Xianqian Jie

China’s National Holiday: the crowds and the Chinese flags on Xianqian Jie

Festive lanterns

Festive lanterns

Fruit juice anyone?

Fruit juice anyone?

a funky coffee shop on Xianqian Jie

a funky coffee shop on Xianqian Jie

more lanterns

more lanterns

Lanterns & Chinese calligraphy

Lanterns & Chinese calligraphy

Musicians are serenading people all through the town, mainly trying to sell their CDs.  Earlier I found a CD shop where the CDs look like old-fashioned records.  I bought a CD from that shop because I liked the music they were playing, and I asked for a copy of that particular music.  Chinese of course.

a little musical serenade

a little musical serenade

fruit stand

fruit stand

At this black T-shirt shop I can get a T-shirt with Chinese characters meaning Freak, Gangster, Crazy or Liar.

Black T-shirts

Black T-shirts

At one stand I can buy Yogurt mangoes juice, lemon juice, or Box Lemon Tea.

Fruits for sale

Fruits for sale

I follow the walkway into the Flower Cafe where I sit for a bit and drink a fresh mango juice.

Heading into the shop that has Flower into its name for a mango juice

Heading into the shop that has Flower into its name for a mango juice

Though the Treasure Island Fish Hot Pot restaurant is tempting, I’m not hungry enough to sample the food.

Chinese Hot Pot

Treasure Island Fish Hot Pot Restaurant

I would love to have a picture of myself wearing a conical hat. 🙂

Conical hats

Conical hats

Finally I return to the hotel where I sit in the outdoor cafe and have a Tsingtao beer.  While relaxing there, I have a chat with Vivian and her daughter.  Vivian speaks good English and has been teaching her daughter some English as well.  The little girl wants to show me what she’s learned.

Vivian and her daughter

Vivian and her daughter

I’ve made plans for tomorrow with Vivian, who works at the Yangshuo River View Hotel.  She’s going to take me on motorbike tour north of Yangshuo.  At first I’m thinking I’ll follow her on a separate motorbike, but it turns out she plans to have me ride on the back of hers.  That’s fine by me as I’m not sure I’d feel safe on these crowded roads driving one myself.

We’ve decided to meet at 10:30 in the morning for my tour, so I plan to sleep in, have a leisurely breakfast and then take off into the mountains with Vivian. 🙂

Categories: Asia, China, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Travel, West Street, Xi Jie, Yangshuo | Tags: , , , , , , | 6 Comments

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6 thoughts on “a nighttime stroll through yangshuo

  1. It looks amazing with all the lights! Would you say its affordable to live in China?


  2. No ‘Cathy’ teeshirt? Shame! 🙂 Are you starting to recognise some of the Chinese characters yet, Cathy?
    Your evening photos are very charming and full of atmosphere. Oh to be on that flight to China 😦


  3. Very colourful pics, Cathy. I could see you in one of those conical hats. 🙂


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