Moon Hill

Moon Hill

We had a relaxed start before our Li River trip at 3pm. We got on bikes again and this time rode to Moon hill. I don’t know what we were thinking, Moon Hill was of course a huge hill that we had to climb up. It was incredibly hot and jungly which meant tons of mosquitoes so you couldn’t stop to rest for long without getting eaten alive.

I don’t know what we were thinking, Moon Hill was of course a huge hill that we had to climb up.
But the view from the top being among the mountaintops was beautiful and as it was a clear sunny day we got some great photos. Afterwards we headed back to the hotel after chatting to two eccentric old Chinese ladies selling drinks at the bottom, whom I highly recommend you chat to if you ever go, and showered off.

The view from the top of Moon Hill

The view from the top of Moon Hill

 

Li River Cruise

The taxi ride to the Li River dock took around 50 mins. The driver dropped us off and we headed down to the river.

It made me think how incredibly exotic it must have once been before it was accompanied by all the massive tourist boats pouring out fumes and noise.
The motorised rafts were made of plastic with 2 seats. The river itself was majestic and it made me think how incredibly exotic it must have once been before it was accompanied by all the massive tourist boats pouring out fumes and noise. We got dropped off at the section where the scenery is exactly like the 20 yuan note, so naturally people stop to pose holding a 20 note next to their face with the scenery in the background.

On our boat trip down the Li River

On our boat trip down the Li River

Posing in the exact spot the image on the 20 yuan note depicts.

Posing in the exact spot the image on the 20 yuan note depicts.

Xinping Village

We weren’t really sure if that was the end of the boat ride or if we were getting back on to go further down, but as we saw our ‘captain’ sail off back where we came from we realised we had reached our destination. The driver didn’t speak any English so had not told us where we would be meeting him. We just took a stroll along the water’s edge until luckily he drove up and found us.

Xinping village, a traditional Chinese fisherman’s village, was full of quaint old buildings now selling tourist tat and art.
He took us to Xinping village, a traditional Chinese fisherman’s village where we had dinner. It was only 5pm so we weren’t that hungry but we took our time and had a beer first to build up an appetite.

The village itself looked nice and full of quaint old buildings now selling tourist tat and art. The food at This Old Place restaurant was lovely and we took our time enjoying the meals. We left at 6.30pm and went back to the hotel. We had a few drinks there but it wasn’t up to much. We hoped it would be a little more lively and we might meet some people we could talk to, but everyone was keeping themselves to themselves. It wasn’t helping that the layout of the hotel creates split between the outdoor area and indoors, they do not flow into one another so we found ourselves moving between the two but sadly not really connecting with anyone in either area. We got to bed around 11pm.