05.02.2012 - 05.02.2012 5 °C
Spent this morning looking at the Li River from my balcony, which is great just to sit back and relax in the scenery of this magnificent county. After a hour or so, decide to walk to the memorial park, which is set in the side of a mountain, sort of under the cliffs, walking through here gives you a sense of peace and tranquility even though there is a rush of the crowds, and you are constantly bumping into people because you are so enamored by its beauty.
After a good walk through, lunch is next on the itinerary so I go to this little clay pot restaurant (most menus are in English here) although I can now find pork and chicken in Chinese characters. I get the duck and string bean clay pot, and as with all Chinese food here there isn't a lot of meat but the beans are delicious and all is kept really warm in the traditional clay pot.
After lunch more strolling around to find that that it gets dark quite early and before I knew it it was 5.30 and the lights are coming on, told that I should go to Yangshuo park which lights up at night. The lighting is spectacular, but it's more of a kiddy destination as has carnival rides and such but it was nice to stroll through this small (for China) park.
While in the park is starts to rain so I jump into a little restaurant for dinner, I order steamed dumplings and brocolini with flowers, of which I can get over how cheap it is here, $1.50AUD for a huge plate which would constitute about 5 bunches at $4.00AUD each. The food is incredible, and to top it off the biggest bottle of beer, 1.5 liters and cost next to nothing.
Most of the evening is rained out so spend is on the balcony watching the rain, river and mountains, til I head of to bed to watch some Chinese television, which I am kinda getting into, but each provide shows different shows so can never get into one.