well had the most strange time visiting guilin and yangshou again a totally different experience this time! went down river on little bamboo raft and got burnt and bitten to b*****y by mozzies who seem to love me. Jim and i chewed the fat talked nonsense and drank too many beers whilst random chinese stopped to have a chat and practice their english - got some girls to listen to my ipod - they like electric six - gay bar - thanks little borther for tht one. also went to guilin and walked around dutring ghost festival so fire crackers and people in the streets partying. jurina had strange jelly pot so i tried some was surprisingly bitter - not that astonishing apparently as made from boiling turtle shells! blurgghhh but enjoyed the open air kareoke in amphitheatre overlooking the river lots of chinese singing meaningful songs about their homeland province eg mongolia- after a few beers for dutch courage jim and i decided to have a go.i got compare to tell the crowd we were singing a song from 'my homeland' which meant alot to me. we then launched into 'hey big spender' with all the shirley bassey hip wiggles! we went down a storm!
we then hung round yangshou and had an interesting tussle with the boat guy who wouldnt refund our money and i had a 2 hour massage form a cute chinese lad wiht steel fingers - felt soooo good.
we then mooched around guilin looking at the sites along the river and saw a community of boats and a woman sorting fish into buckets - we then ought a 2lb catfish still wriggling in the water and whilst the woman in bright blue wellies hoiked it out smacked it with a cleaver, gutted it and cut into pieces she shouted acroos to her husband who punted across river on bamboo raft and took us with still warm fish in bits in a bag back across the river to a load of rickety boats moored up on the river bank - this tranpired to be a floating cafe full of locals who looked on bemused as we got on and sat down. we had the fish cooked in pot and put bubbling on a gas flame on our squat table made in a bean sauce with bucket oload of chillis and ginger - was amazing food - locals nearby had a plastc tub and i asked what in it - contained homemade preserved ginger in chilli vinegar - added a real kick to the meal and made me buro like mad - was a fantastic food experience definately a top ten!