Yangshuo was the last trip that we took while we were in China, and to say we saved the best for last is an understatement! Yangshuo was by far Garret’s favorite city that we visited and it felt like the authentic China that we had been looking for the entire time we were there! Yangshuo is located in the South-East corner of China and is most famously known for its Dr. Seuss mountains. They truly are breathtaking. The small villages that surround the city of Yangshuo seem dream-like because of their simple charm and unbelievable traditionalism. Not much has changed for the people living in those small towns for hundreds of years. Still electricity free, they pump water from wells, and grow all that they eat on the land around them. There are very few places on earth that you can experience something like that. We hiked to find some phenomenal views, swam in a mud cave, ate more fruit than our bellies could hold, floated down the Li River on bamboo rafts, and rode for miles and miles through backcountry villages and farms on electric scooters. It was something that we will never forget and we will definitely be back some day!
I never stopped smiling.
The battery of one of our scooters died while we were miles outside of the city, so we were forced to wait for a few hours while we got help. We were invited into a local's home where he fed us the simplest meal of sweet potatoes from his garden. It was all that they had in their kitchen. He wouldn't let us refuse the food, and we ate so gratefully. There were 13 of us and although we couldn't speak to each other because of the language barrier, we were able to communicate through hang gestures and charades. It was such an amazing experience.