Yangshuo: 18th May 2014
After docking at Yangshuo, we had to walk through the market to get the bus to the hotel. If you want to buy it, it’s here somewhere! I finished up with a silk (?) Ralph Lauren (?) shirt; we haggled a bit; I decided I didn’t want it and walked off. The stallholder followed me, and said she’d let me have it for 50 yuan (about £5) so I’d suspect it wasn’t genuine.
We passed a hotel called … believe it or not … Fawlty Towers, which made me wonder if the person who called it so had actually seen the TV show. Probably not, for I didn’t see a little boy scurrying away, after altering the sign to read ‘Watery Fowls’ or something.
In the evening, the weather improved enough for us to go and see the ‘Impressions’ water show, which we were urged not to miss. It’s boasted as ‘The Best in China’ … and maybe it is, for it was choreographed by Zhang Yimou, who was responsible for the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Personally, though, I think it should share that honour with the Sichuan Opera, which we saw the other night.
It’s certainly popular for, although two shows are held every night (weather permitting) the arena, which holds about 3000 people, was packed to bursting, as it is most nights.
But, as we’ve already seen at other venues, that’s no problem to the Chinese.