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Xingping

sunny 36 °C

Got a bus to Yangshuo - felt so happy on this bus. The tunes were blarin, the sun was out and the scenery was amazeballs.

Guy selling guns on the side of the road
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I arrived in Xingping about 1pm, dumped my stuff in a whopper hostel called ''This Old Place'', which was so cute and had such helpful staff, and I rented a mountain bike and went to grab a bite to eat. An older US lady joined me for lunch - which was fine except she ate soooo slooowly. She was just picking at her food. I'd eaten my sandwich and she was still picking at her carrots and rice. All I could think of was:
''HURRY UP LADY, I'VE RENTED A BICYCLE AND I'M ITCHIN' TO GET WHEELIN'''
20 minutes later nothing had changed. She'd still eaten nothing and now all that was in my mind was:
''BICYCLE
BICYCLE
I WANT TO RIDE MY BIIIISICKLLLE'' (Queen)
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Eventually she said, ''oh you can go if you like, it rains every day at about 4pm''.
I was like, ''WHAT AND YOU'VE KEPT ME HERE YACKING FOR AN HOUR!!?? IT'S 3pm!!''
But I remained calm and what came out was ''ok so, I suppose I better go if it's going to rain''.

PHEWF! Yep! I still have no patience people - I've learnt nothing. . :D ;)

So after a few hours bicycling around and taking in the whopper scenery, riding over a dead snake and discovering the secret cave was closed, I headed back to the hostel for a shower. Although dunno why I bothered, as soon as you're out of the shower, you're covered in sweat again. Nice.

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Watched Momento in the hostel with a big pizza. :D

Next day I rented a bike again. I didn't want to hike anywhere as I'd had enough hiking for a while, plus the humidity was wayy too much for me.
Today I crosssed the river and am pretty sure I took the wrong road as I ended up on the rockiest dirtrack ever going up and down through the hills of Xingping for ages. It was great craic - pushing the bike up the hill, and bombing it down the other side over the slippiest rocks ever. I'm astonished I didn't go over the handlebars a few times. Twas more thrilling than a bungee jump.

I got totally lost in the hills for an hour or so and got the compass out. I was soaked in sweat and then it started raining. But the rain was a delicious relief. It was brilliant. I saw loads more lovely green mountains, tiny villages, gorgeous valleys, a cool greeny-blue lake and lots of dirt roads.

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Back at the hostel I sat up on the roof with an Ozzie couple and had a Jim Beam and Coke watching the sunset.

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Posted by squeakylee 03:02 Archived in China Tagged mountains scenery pizza xingping whopper Comments (0)

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