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Yangshuo: The Beauty Up Close May 14, 2014

Filed under: China,Travel,Yangshuo — Kelocity @ 4:48 am
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I’m aware that I have posted an insane amount of China pictures recently. And not enough Adele pictures, according to my family. But I’m just trying to get them all up so they live on the interwebs. Feel free to skip the captions and just look at the pretty pictures. Especially the ones in this post. These pictures really do make my heart skip a beat. I feel so lucky to have visited such a beautiful place.

Our last day in Yangshuo started with more breakfast. And more watermelon. (And always served with tea!)


Our expedition of the day was a bike ride through the country roads to Moon Hill. Along the way, we stopped to take pictures. Everything is just so beautiful in a way I’d never seen before anywhere else. These little rock mountains were adorable. IMG_2104

Ha! Adorable. A word I use to describe my daughter… and moss covered rocks. But they are though, look how cute!IMG_2106




Oh, and in case you were wondering, it was raining on our bike ride. Just a drizzle, but still. Come on, rain! Stop it!IMG_2111





These bikes weren’t your average cruisers where you can pedal for a few minutes and then coast for a little bit… no. If you weren’t pedaling, you weren’t moving. And that meant pedaling a lot! My legs were tired!IMG_2122

But all the effort was worth it when we got to Moon Hill! (It looks like a crescent moon!) On a good day, you can actually hike to it, but we settled for taking pictures in front of it instead.

Our brave group of bicyclists! IMG_2127



On the way back, we got a close up view of some rice patties. IMG_2137

Those farmers work so hard! This man was literally moving rocks out of the way to clear the land or build a wall or something.IMG_2139

I mapped the route later and it came out to be 10.8 miles of biking total! But these legs weren’t done yet. Oh no, siree. It was time to hike up a mountain when we got back! To the top of the town Pagoda! I had watermelon for breakfast, I was ready to go!

It was a lot of steps, but didn’t take too long, and the views from the top were totally worth it! IMG_2143

How cool to see a little town nestled in the adorable rocks!IMG_2147



Lots. Of. Stairs. I wonder if there’s a Chinese proverb somewhere that says something like “No great view can be seen without stairs”. If not, I just made one up. Because its true!IMG_2155

(Oh, hi Hotel down below! That’s where we stayed!)IMG_2159


We reached the top!IMG_2163








Once we made it back down to the bottom, we met back up with our group to head back to the Guilin airport. This was our local guide during our time here in Yangshuo. IMG_2194

On the bus ride to the airport, our driver kindly stopped at this bridge to let us out to take pictures. We missed it on the way in and wanted a chance to photograph the boats!IMG_2198








Most of our group!

And then our time in the countryside was over and it was time to head to HONG KONG!!!



But before we get there, I’ll let you listen to this song that our tour guide, Alex introduced us to. Warning, it WILL get stuck in your head:



Yangshuo: The Cooking School May 13, 2014

Filed under: China,Cooking,Food,Travel,Yangshuo — Kelocity @ 2:57 pm
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I don’t like to cook. I like to eat. This is a fact. I hate everything about cooking… which is why I was excited to go to Cooking School! Maybe I’d learn a thing or two and make it seem more fun! And you know what, it was awesome. I loved the class and now I’m excited to be home so I can try out some of these recipes again!

The class was taught by a very talented chef who spoke in perfect English. She was very nice and even catered to my vegetarian preference.

The first part of our class was visiting a local market and seeing the ingredients we’d be cooking with. Lots of great looking produce and then everything else you’d expect to find including all kinds of fish and fresh meat. We had to the option to visit the meat side of the market, but Irving and I decided against it…. for those who are interested, yes, there were dogs and cats in there. But we chose not to see them.IMG_2015


After the market, we had a short walk back to the school to begin our class! (I loved this Billboard because as much as it looked like propaganda, we actually found it to be true! “The Police Community Relationship is Harmonious”. =)IMG_2021


And then it was time to start cooking! Each of us got our own cooking station, complete with all the ingredients we would need to create a delicious meal!IMG_2023


And we all got huge, awesome knives to dice those veggies with! I need to get one of those, you wouldn’t believe how easy it was to crush garlic with that thing!IMG_2030






Look at these dumplings I made! We learned how to fold them two different ways. I was so proud of myself! They looked almost professional!IMG_2051

Irving’s were looking quite dapper as well!IMG_2052


Everyone else made Kung Pao Chicken, but since I chose the vegetarian option I made pan fried noodles. HECK YES! IMG_2057

The best part was being able to eat them all when we were done! Everything smelled so good!

The final products! Here was Irving’s Dish:IMG_2059


And my dish! You had to roll us out of there at the the end of the meal, we were stuffed! That was a TON of food! All that on my plate PLUS seven dumplings!IMG_2062


The view out of the window during the class was beautiful Yangshuo… and a McDonalds. We thought it was funny in comparison. But I’ll take that delicious authentic Chinese food over fast food any day. Healthy food for the win!IMG_2031
If anyone is interested, I have all the recipes if you would like a copy. Send me an email (kelocity at gmail dot com).

Anyone want to come over for dinner soon? I’m dying to make this all again!



Let’s Go to Yangshuo! May 12, 2014

Filed under: China,Travel,Yangshuo — Kelocity @ 9:14 pm
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On our last morning in Shanghai, we again had another amazing breakfast at our hotel (the Rendezvous Merry).


Today’s delicious plate featured noodles, snap pease, a roll with jam and copious amounts of watermelon. (Keep in mind, this breakfast buffet was huge and I had lots and lots of options. But these noodles and peas were just SO good I had to have them for breakfast!)

Irving capped his breakfast off with little ‘wedding cake’ bites. With chopsticks. Why not?


Our Shanghai local guide, Lisa, came with our group to the airport to see us off to our next destination. Bye Lisa!

We had another short, uneventful flight on Eastern China Airlines (complete with a full meal served to those who wanted it — not us). But people said it was good. IMG_1878


Our next destination was Yangshuo, located in the Chinese countryside.This was as far “west” as we went in China, and yet on the map, it’s still totally on the East. It’s a huge country, obviously.

When you think of iconic China… this is it. The rivers, the rice patties, the mountains. Stunning.IMG_1892



The rice patties were so beautiful. One after another. Our plane actually landed in Guilin and then we had a two hour bus ride to Yangshuo. We loved the drive so we could take in the gorgeous landscapes there (on yet another rainy day, by the way!)IMG_1902

I love the layers of mountains in the background. Row after row.IMG_1913

We were told to NOT rent a raft on the river. It looks innocent and fun, but apparently people die on them every year. But they were fun to photograph. IMG_1915

Our hotel for this leg of the trip was the New Century Hotel in downtown Yangshuo. The town is small enough that you can walk across it in about 15 minutes, so there aren’t a lot of options for lodging. But it was actually quite comfortable and clean.



The hotel lobby and breakfast area were bright and airy. Love the parasols hanging from the ceiling!IMG_1920

After we settled in, our tour guide took us on a walking tour of the town to get a lay of the land. Everywhere you looked there was something pretty to see. IMG_1925

It used to be a sleepy, quiet, nothing town, but in the 1980s and 90s it became flooded with backpackers and now there’s even a street called “West Street” where lots of Europeans have opened up shops and restaurants. Lots of German restaurants serving Hofbrau beer!IMG_1928
After seeing what our options were for dinner (and learning which restaurants not to eat at — thank god for a tour guide who knows these things!) we sat down with a group for some Indian Food. The owner is friends with our guide!

Some of our tour friends! So many great people on this tour!IMG_1935
Everyone had really amazing Indian food, but I just snacked on some naan… I was holding out for Pizza! IMG_1934
Once they were done eating, Irving came and sat with me at a Pizza joint next door called The Alley. IMG_1936

Why does pizza taste so good when you’re on the road? Hit the spot!IMG_1938

Tomorrow we have another full day to enjoy Yangshuo… and spoiler alert…more rain!


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