Yangshuo: a threatened wonder?

Being Popular in the World’s Most Populous Nation Brings its Challenges.   An article in Wanderlust magazine discusses the “Threatened Wonders 2010”, which sees Yangshuo as number 2 on the list.   Needless to say I found some of the comments quite interesting and thought I might toss my opinion out there.   Most of China’s…

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Charming Hoi An

Hoi An has not lost even one iota of its charm. There have been many but few changes to this ancient World Heritage site over the past 10 years. I still found myself gasping at just how beautiful and appealing the architecture is in the old town. It also took me a day to realize…

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Segways Come to Yangshuo

I have just been out for a ride on what I hope becomes the latest trend or activity to hit Yangshuo.   The Segway is a green, eco friendly people transporter that is quite novel to ride and perfect for a visitor to get a great intro to the delights of Yangshuo and surrounds.  …

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Bountiful Borneo

I have been fascinated by the very idea of Borneo for as long as I can remember.   It sits in my mind as a wild, mysterious and fascinating destination.   Finally this year I made it for a short but very sweet visit.   It is amazing how perhaps just one small detail in a…

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Places to Stay – Avoiding the Tourist Masses in Yangshuo

  Stay outside of town.   There is a fantastic range of guesthouses and hotels just outside Yangshuo.   Most are within a 5 kilometer radius so you are out of the hustle and bustle, but close enough to visit and enjoy if you want.     Each one has a great location as well as its own…

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When to Go? – Avoiding the Tourist Masses in Yangshuo

  Pick your time.     Weekends are busy in Yangshuo with Chinese tourists, so visiting mid week should help.   Visit outside peak season.   Everyone of course wants the best weather but if you have an extreme aversion to other tourists then don’t visit during this time.     Same also goes for the peak Chinese…

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How many buckets of water?

Located near Hezhou the ancient city of Linhe dates back to the Han dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD).    So, considering this ancient well may be a couple of thousand years old it is easy to see why there are so many deeply worn grooves in the stone.  Perhaps several million buckets of water…

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