Yalong Bay, China

The beaches were quite warm as was the water.  Each day the crowds grew and soon there was little room to park if you came too late into the day.  All of the Chinese people were polite and calm and I thought of how the Chinese culture revered public reputation and people were leery to cause any kind of commotion.  This is such a contrast to America where some fool is always playing his music too loud, talking too loud or otherwise making a spectacle of themselves.  The tranquil harmony of China is quite soothing and made for a relaxing vacation.

Not only was the air temperature warm but the water was warm as well.  We are as far south on the globe as Vietnam and we must have been in the water for 1/2 of the day.

By mid day, the beaches were packed.  We met a few Americans, they were the only Americans we saw our entire time on Hainan.  We saw many Russians, not as many as the Chinese but the Russians were the only Europeans we saw.  It is very difficult for Russians to get visas to western Europe or to America and Canada so Hainan makes a popular destination for the old E-block countries.

Burying themselves in the sand never seems to get old for the Chinese.  Every day I saw at least a half-dozen people buried in the sand…


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Guilin

The plan was simple; head to the beach for Christmas!  All I had to do was get down to the south of China.  All the way down to the bottom of the country to Hainan Island – China’s own “Hawaii.”  After a quick visit in Yangshuo, Erica escorted me to Guilin and took me around the town to show the sites.  It was so nice to have along a local who could speak the language and answer out questions for me.

In the photo above, shot from my hotel room, you can see the lovely mountains that make this part of China so distinct.  While they are much thicker in Yangshuo, they still surround Guilin making for beautiful horizons.  After we dropped our luggage, Erica took me out on the town.  This would be my last time seeing Erica and Curry as I would return to America from Hainan.

Later, Erica took me to the “famous” glass bridge.  It seemed to draw quite a few tourists and the sidewalks were full of (mostly) Chinese from in and out of town.  As we worked our way down the sidewalk path that ran along the lake, we came upon the remnants of a fight.  One Chinese man had been beaten by another and was sitting on the ground, his face bloodied.   It was the only episode of violence I had witnessed in 3 trips to China.

Later, when we reached the bridge, I was disappointed to learn that we could not cross.  Everyone looked at me as if I was insane, “It’s a glass bridge, you can’t walk on it.”  Oh, I guess I hadn’t thought of that!


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what is that game?

 

 

Walking by the park along the shore of the Li River, we saw these Chinese children playing this card game.  We watched for quite a while but we were not able to figure out the rules.  It seemed to be a mix of POGs, 3 Card Monte, and a little WWF wrestling style thrown in.  Have a look, maybe you can figure it out…


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