As I wrote in a previous post, our travels in Southeast Asia took us to the Yangshuo countryside in Southern China’s Guangxi Province, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and finally to Krabi, on the Andaman Coast in Southern Thailand (plus a day each in Hong Kong and Bangkok). All were amazing!! We felt so lucky to have chosen these magical destinations, to have had excellent weather during most of our rainy-season journey, and of course to be able to travel like this at all. We are so very, very privileged to be able to explore our world and gain perspective on it in this way. So without further ado, here is the first round of pictures, from the otherwordly countryside of Guangxi Province:

 

View from Xingping dock.

On our first full day around Yangshuo, we took the obligatory bamboo raft ride up the Li River from a small town called Xingping. The area is famous for its karst (limestone) peaks, which provide imagery that is almost inseparable from the identity of Southern China.

 

Peaks by the Li.

The scenery is even more stunning and unreal-looking in person . . .

 

A 20-Yuan bill and the scene that inspired it.

. . . and even famous enough to make the 20-Yuan bill!

 

Scene on the Li River.

 

Karst close-up.

 

More karst pillars.

 

Ethan with cormorant fisherman.

Cormorant fishing is a common method in the area; string is tied around the cormorants’ throats, who then “fish” but cannot swallow their larger catch, which goes to the fisherman.

 

The Li River from a rise.

 

Goodbye to the Li River.

 

Xingping street.

After our “cruise,” we strolled around the lovely older sections of Xingping . . .

 

Xingping doorway.

 

Xingping two-story house.

 

Painters in Xingping.

 

Painting studio and store in Xingping.

. . . and bought a couple paintings.

 

Lacey on bike in Yulong Valley.

The next day we spent in the Yulong River Valley, this time using a different kind of transportation.

 

Karst peaks reflected in the rice paddies.

The valley is still made up of farms and rice paddies, and, of course, gorgeous and seemingly endless karst peaks.

 

Rafts on the Yulong River.

Rafting on the Yulong River is also popular.

 

Rock walls, paddies, and more karst.

 

Scene along the Yulong River.

 

A water buffalo. Man tilling field with water buffalo.

Tilling, harvesting and planting is all done using the same methods that have been used for thousands of years.

 

Stream feeding the Yulong.

 

Sheaves of rice and more karst.

 

Rice plants.

The staple crop, ready for harvesting.

 

Dragon Bridge.

The ancient “Dragon Bridge,” which spans the Yulong.

 

Lacey relaxes on a bamboo 'dock.'

In the afternoon we found an old raft chained to a lovely, spreading tree and cooled off with a swim.

 

Storm approaching over the fields.

On our way back home a thunderstorm approached, but only ended up grazing us with light showers.

 

Hostel patio.

So we had a cocktail and played some cribbage on the patio of our quiet countryside hostel.

 

The sun re-emerges in the valley.

And then strolled back out for some late-day pictures.

 

Late afternoon in the Yulong River Valley.

 

 

One thought on “Southeast Asia Travels I: Around Yangshuo, Karst Dreamin’

  • November 17, 2010 at 2:01 pm
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    hey thanks for sharing the photos!

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