Bamboo river rafting along the pretty Yulong River, Yangshuo

Bamboo river rafting along the pretty Yulong River, Yangshuo

 

Yulong River Rafting

We decided to an unmotorised bamboo river rafting trip down the Yulong River today. We got on our bikes and followed the map through the small lanes, not getting lost this time but failing to find the right way to get to the dock for quite a while.

The trip was peaceful and serene, and while the river is not quite so big or exotic as the Li, it is none the less beautiful.
We stopped at a few places along the way, which were on the wrong side of the river to the dock and thought maybe we could convince the boatmen to come over to us, but we failed.

We eventually found it with a good bit of guesswork and got them to take our bikes on the raft with us. The trip cost 150rmb. The trip was peaceful and serene, and while the river is not quite so big or exotic as the Li, it is none the less beautiful. We took a couple of videos of us going over the river rapids, of which there are about 3 or 4, and it looks like it is going to be much scarier than it is; it’s just a little wet if you don’t lift up your feet high enough!

 

The perfect end to a perfect day

After this we rode back to our hotel and jumped in the pool. There were two lifesaver rings and two balls in the pool so we played volleyball and messed about until again it got too cold to stay in. It definitely helped to keep moving this time! We got out, dried off a little then had a Chinese massage in the hotel room. It was an excellent massage and at only 150rmb each very good value. Then we grabbed a glass of red wine each and sat out on the balcony to read in the evening sunshine overlooking the river and mountains beyond. It was a perfect day.

Having a red wine while reading a good book on the balcony in the evening sunshine. The perfect end to a perfect day.

Having a red wine while reading a good book on the balcony in the evening sunshine. The perfect end to a perfect day.

 

Identical trip twins

That evening we went into West Street one more time and had dinner at a Western restaurant called The Alley with a great selection of European food. We sat adjacent to another English couple so I started talking to them. We found out they had pretty much an identical trip to ours! We went for a drink and did some shopping before catching a taxi back to the hotel.