“Get a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live.” That’s a quote by famous American writer Mark Twain. I recently read an article in the China Daily that listed the top ten places to ride a bike in China. Beijing was on the list as most roads have designated cycling paths, which doesn’t stop the cars, motorcycles, buses, but it helps.
“If there is only one place city folks have time for, it should be Yangshuo, a small rustic city surrounded by scenic mountains and rivers. The best way to see the precinct is by cycling along the country roads.” (The China Daily)
We did just that, and it was beautiful.
After the short ride in the city, it was wonderful to get out to the countryside. We rode along paths by the river, and into little villages.
I had to stop and take this photo of all the toothbrushes in the open window. (Probably not the cleanest place for the brushes, so close to the dirt road.)
Above the front door, is a mirror to frighten the ghosts away, and also a scissors, something sharp to hurt a ghost.
We stopped at this women’s home where a few us of purchased the small fresh flower wreath for 30 cents. (2RMB)
She is wearing a rain coat that she made from palms from a palm tree, and she said it was waterproof.
The flower people
Our wonderful tour guides, Rebecca (upfront from Beijing), Lily from Guilin.
In her back room we were shown her coffin. I learned that in the country when you are around 60 years old a coffin is made to your specifications, and is just stored in one of the rooms.
Proof that I was riding a bike.
Interesting sign along the roadside.
We would just park our bike along the road to stop and see the homes.
The whole group
This concludes my wonderful trip to southern China.