Tourism is coming to south west China, but only in small doses for the moment. Here is a prime example of someone offering a service to westerners. Coffee! Pizza! But it was closed when the above image was taken at 7.30 this morning. Don’t they know that travellers are early risers!
The views over the rooftops is magical with the early morning mist and clouds hanging in the air waiting to be burnt away as the sun puts its hat on.
We had close on 300kms to cover today and John was keen to get cycling as much of it was realistically possible taking into account time and his aching knees which had become an issue over the past few days from sitting in the back of the car sometimes for hours during transit periods. So we agreed an early start and left Yangshuo at 8.15 and were able to set the boys free on their bikes by 0900hrs starting at a popular location for leisure cyclists to ride along the road on their own or in groups and on tandems. This is the only occasion we have seen cyclists out on the roads other than a couple of long distance cyclists seen along the way who were probably heading for Tibet and beyond.
So a good three hours and about 40 miles were covered before lunch in a cafe on the national 321 road to Wuzhou and what a fab lunch of bass, pork, rice, green beans and vegetable soup. John said he fancied some ice cream and as there was none in the cafe, the owner got on his scooter and went down the road returning about five minutes later with two large tubs of vanilla! Amazing service! Back on the bikes at 2.30 and the plan was to cycle for the next three hours and then consider time and distance to our destination. Unfortunately John’s knees were becoming increasingly tight and very painful in particular his left knee which because of his Parkinsons down his right side of his body, the left leg will sometimes carry the majority of workload to compensate for the right legs inability to perform. So in order not to aggravate further the injury the cycling was stopped for the day and we continued with the four of us in the car arriving at our hotel in Wuzhuo at 7pm.
The view from our rooms on the 14th floor of the Wuzhou Hotel over the river.
You can see more of the day’s journey by visiting the video here;