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Guangxi Province – Gold Water Cave

We had a few hours to find something to do before we left for the airport to return to Suzhou. Since it was raining, we decided to go to the nearest cave and take a look. The Gold Water Cave was recommended over the Dragon Cave, so off we went. The cave was not outstanding. But it was so much fun to be able to touch everything, so unlike the US, and our guide was fun. Zachary had taken a bamboo stick to walk with and she was showing him how to use it in KungFu moves inside the cave. At one point, we had to cross over a floating bridge and Mike and her had a grand time bouncing up and down on the bridge making me freak out. Again, so unlike the US.

Before heading out, we had a quick breakfast and the kids posed with Fannie, our server for the week. Also before heading to the airport, the kids posed with Sissy, Fannie and Lily. Three of the four ladies who took care of us all week. Sissy, the one standing next to Nathan in the photo below, even joined us as we play badminton for a few hours on the previous day.


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Guangxi Province – Cross Country Walkabout

background-6Being out in the country, Mike could not wait to go for a walk. He wanted to see how far we could get away from any road without getting lost. Luna, the manager, had told us to follow the water up, take paths around the second mountain to the left and then come back. She told Mike, when there is no path just push through and you will get there. Mike was thrilled with the vague directions, so we filled the camelbak up with water and a bit a food and off we went. Go get a cup of coffee for this one. Lots of photos.


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Guangxi Province – Hotel

Yangshou Phoenix Pagoda Fonglou Retreat, the Best Hotel Ever! Using our trusted, favorite website www.tripadvisor.com, we located this little gem in the middle of a tiny village called the Yangshou Phoenix Pagoda Fonglou Retreat. We were at least 15 minutes from Yangshou County, the major tourist city located on the Li River. At night, the sounds were full of crickets, frogs and the mornings were full of unusual bird calls. We arrived before the mosquito season and there was not much other insects, so we slept with our patio doors open each night. We loved this place because we were close enough to do all the tourist stuff, but out enough that the nights were dark and not full of man-made sounds.


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