My family made an end-of-the-school-year weekend trip from Shenzhen to Yangshuo, and it was a blast. The high-speed “bullet” train, which topped off at 300 KPH (187 MPH), made the 600 KM (375 M) trip to Guillin in just over three hours. Then, an hour-long taxi ride took us into the mystical terrain of Yangshuo. We enjoyed our stay at the Outside Inn, and highly recommend the inn if you’re making the trip and looking for comfortable and friendly lodging outside of Yangshuo proper.
Nothing says Tomb Sweeping Day like climbing a mountain. And it makes it better that this was the mountain that inspired the makers of Kung Fu Panda 2!
Learning about honey from the Honeyman.
Sichuan-style bee hives. Pretty much like bee hives anywhere else.
I think my son is turning into the Hulk here.
We ate a huge lunch here before climbing the mountain. Delicious lunch, bad idea.
Here is the first course of the meal.
As start up the mountain, loving the mist. In Chengdu, that would be pollution.
Why use a trail, when you can climb rocks?
I wonder if the old man knows he’s holding a little Sultan? He’ll tell the tale to his great-grandchildren.
My lovely wife and the little Sultan.
Cooling off the feet in freezing mountain water.
Amazing, amazing, amazing.
Carrying the little Sultan up the mountain.
Reminded me of the scenery in my home state of North Carolina.
Yes, you should visit China.
Amazing trails built all the way up the mountain.
We were in crowds like this most of the way up. Chinese holidays bring out the people!
Carrying the little Sultan.
Feeling every bit of 45 years old by this point.
Little Sultan, slept through nearly the entire climb.
One day, when the little Sultan is older and wanting something, I’ll tell him, “I carried you up a mountain!”
The climb is nearly done. The little Sultan is appeased.
Nearing the end…
My son took this. I’m not sure who she is, but I feel like she’s saying, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”
A wonderful holiday with family and friends.
Meanwhile, if you are looking for a good middle grade fantasy novel, try my new novel, Thimblerig’s Ark. You know about Noah, but wait until you read the animal’s story! The novel was inspired by C.S. Lewis, the book of Genesis, and an Irish pub song that tells why the unicorns didn’t make it on Noah’s Ark.