We went to Yangzhou over the weekend, it was our first time even if it is relatively close to Guangzhou and one of the biggest tourist attractions in China. And now I only ask myself why we hadn’t gone earlier, because it is just so beautiful up there it is almost not possible to explain. If you are ever going to China, go to Yangshuo! But don’t stay in the city, stay in one of the rustic hotels outside the town centre, where the scenery, serenity and beauty are the only things on your mind. The town centre, while also beautiful is pretty much ruined by tourism I would say (but obviously you have to go there too to have a look, just remember to not go during a Chinese holiday…)
We stayed at the Mountain Inn Retreat, right on the Yulong River, with a fantastic view. From there you could rent bikes and go around the little village and your could easily ride to the other sights, such as the Moon hill and the Banyan Tree. or you could just sit outside and watch the scenery and the bamboo floats going down the river with tourists sitting in recliner chairs on the floats. One of the best hotel experiences ever! Mind you it is rustic and quite simple, but still great.
Have just started to work on the pictures, so here is a small taste of the view from our hotel. More to come later!
Oh and by the way, here I have used one of the few exceptions to the rule of thirds, having parted the picture in two halfs, to create symmetry with the reflection in the water. That wouldn’t work as well using the rule of thirds.