06.04.2007 - 09.04.2007 10 °C
After a nightmare of a journey on a public bus - subjected to chucky from ChongQing who liked to eat boiled eggs.... we arrived at our cruise ship for the next three days a bit worse for wear to say the least, but our boat turned out to be ok ( lucky number 12 ) even though our guide Harry we reckon was wapped out constantly..
We chilled out for the first day and then took a trip off the boat into the 3 gorges on the second day which was really fab, seen some hanging coffins and got entertained by 2 gorgeous young chinese kids on the way home with model and singing shows..
Ended the evening with a karaoke on the boat and basically took over completely with ger joining in with the local wacko jacko all he was missing was the white socks!
The following morning we took part in the local dragon boat race - which we agreed to the night before... the whole group piled into the boat and set sail, we had to row to the beat of a drum from the chinese dude captain at the top of our boat but all went well and we actually won - surprise surprise, seeing our competition had the combined age of 500!
That afternoon we all headed out to see the 3 gorges dam project - a huge feat of planning that the doozers in fraggle rock would be proud of!
We then left our boat just as cabin fever was setting in for a lot of us and had to travel 5 hours to Wuhan and then a 13.5 hour train to Guilin... nightmare in a hard sleeper with a chinese retirement group who liked noodles and drinking a lot of tea!
Arrived in Yangsuo at 6 in the morning class place and we have sussed out the bar street so heading out for happy hour tonight but have a bicycle trip tomorrow in the countryside followed by some bamboo rafting..so that should be fun!
Will update you guys again soon, we finish the trip on sat and head to thailand so keep in touch and dont forget to check out all the photos in the photo gallery!