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If You Can't Go to Guilin, Head to Bingyu Valley

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya,

In Dalian I met a couple of friends who, when I told them I was thinking of coming here wrote the Chinese characters to a small town nearby and told me to spend the night there and not in the park as it is far too expensive. I have no idea what the name of the town was but I do know it wasn’t Zhuanghe as that is where I am now writing this. Where ever it was I had one of the most amazing nights ever. After checking into a tiny hotel I went in search of BBQ and Beer for dinner and what I found was one hell of a party.

What the party was for I have no idea but I would compare it to a Bucks Party.

After ordering, eating and relaxing with a beer a large crowd of males and females arrived and soon after the beer began flowing 70’s soft porn was put onto a large screen. They had obviously already been out for a big dinner and had consumed a large amount of alcohol. I watched in fascination as they began playing some sort of dice game and after which they all stopped and looked at me in fascination for a short time before dragging me across their BBQ area to join in.

Ten dice, five females and five males. This is where the porn comes into the game. The two losers must re-enact what is happening on the screen. All fully of clothed of course and hand over mouth if both parties choose. If parties re-enact to the satisfaction of the applauding crowd they get a free beer.

I of course managed to lose all of my throws and had my one and only chance in life of being John Holmes and was awarded copious amounts of free beer and shots of rice wine all of which I had to share with the females without a glass. Thankfully after several hours they had to move on and I actually found my hotel and I’m sure was asleep before my head even hit the pillow.

This morning it took two cups of coffee before I even hit the shower.

The Bingyu Valley Scenic Area, covering an area more than one hundred square kilometers is located about an hour north of Zhuanghe City and two hundred and forty kilometers from Dalian City. The valley is known as 'Little Yangshuo/Guilin' (Guangxi Province) which is internationally known for its extraordinary landscapes. For those of you who can’t travel south to the Guilin and Yangshuo areas the Bingyu Valley offers a taste of what you are missing which is tree lined covered limestone cliffs set alongside a beautiful river and it really is similar to the Guilin area, if not nearly as dramatic yet on a smaller scale.

<u>I’ll let the Chinese explain the rest</u>

The Bingyu Valley Scenic Area consists of the Longhua Mountain, the Xiaoyu (small) Valley and the Yingna River. The mountain gives visitors a sense of both loftiness and elegance, imbuing the visitor with both boldness and tranquility. Amongst the numerous scattered peaks you can discern many phantasms and figures, such as a gnarling tiger, a tiercel spreading its wings, or a long sharp sword. The Yingna River, dances along the valley like a white silk ribbon.

It is very calm in some sections of the valley, later becomes agitated, and even then changes into a picturesque lake. Its tributaries, looking like threads, twist around small isolated peaks. At the Shuanglong Dam, the scenery is suggestive of the captivating scenery of Guilin and the Three Gorges which is a most marvelous section of the Yangtze River. A lot of activities such as, skating (winter only), boating and fishing can only be enjoyed here. The green virgin forests of the mountain here are able to eclipse the sky as this natural arboretum bewitches the onlooker. There are thousands of plants that provide an oxygen-rich environment.

This is also a habitat for hundreds of animals, such as: otters, roe deer, badgers, foxes, squirrels, and birds, especially indigenous robins. As the Circle of Life completes, the years unwind: the flowers bloom in spring; it offers a cooler place in summer; during autumn the gorgeous mountain is covered with red leaves; in winter the mountain suddenly changes into crystalline icebergs.

If anyone is in the area and wants to have a look there are no longer minivans at the Zhuanghe bus station. Now there are aggressive private drivers who take you by the arm to their car and I actually had to rip one guy’s hands off me and push him violently away to stop him from trying to rape my wallet. A bus station lady then came out with security to make sure nothing else occurred and she told me that there was now a public bus that goes all the way to the valley each hour and that the last one returns at four in the afternoon.

She was so sweet that I gave her a little cling on Koala Bear.

The ticket price for the valley includes the first boat ride to the park and also another boat ride at the dam, both are short but well worth it. There is a cable car that takes you to the highest peak but I was more in the mood for a huge climb so I spent my time climbing to the top of several peaks and slowly walking around taking photos.

All in all it was an awesome day! Beers N Noodles toya…..shane

PS: for all of you who think I take pictures of beautiful girls without permission...I never do such things, prior to me taking a single picture I must go though tens of photos with every single member of a family and or friends...and the lady in the white singlet is actualy the mother of one of the girls she is taking a picture of....believe it or not she is 45 and one of the most sexy women I have ever seen! ___________________________________________________________

The soundtrack to this entry was by Black Sabbath The album was the most amazing live album ever recorded 'Live Evil’ Dio my friends has or should I say had THE greatest metal voice in history! ____________________________________________________________

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Posted by eddakath 17:00 Archived in China

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