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Ancient Puyi Town & Real Rural Villages.

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya,

Chicken Cordon Bleu. It’s all about Chicken Cordon Bleu!

Snacks are long gone as Sneaky Snacky simply can’t get enough of a chicken breast pounded and rolled around pork meat along with soft mozzarella cheese and then baked or fried (depending on the chef). Yep now I ask; hey honey, how about lunch or snacks? The answer is kind of like; have you gone mad, I just finished my snacks and when you come home from riding we need that garlic chicken thing! She could ask for braised stomach, throat, liver, arteries, tongue, even pig, duck or chicken’s feet or any other animal inners or outters for that matter. But now it’s all about a stuffed chicken breast (MMMmmm breasts!), with ham, Swiss cheese and mushroom sauce….who am I to argue!

Ok then, breasts, you want breasts? Garlic bread, can we have garlic bread too! Then let’s go find a pair of succulent breasts to feast upon!

For many years now, besides karst peak climbing, cycling in Yangshuo has been the single most popular activity. Not so long ago most of trails were not paved, but over the last five or so years that has become history, yet thankfully still some of the most spectacular sceneries can only be visited using old dirt roads.

When I meet newbie’s in Yangshuo they always ask me if they should hire a guide and my reply is that a guide is actually very useful as they can introduce you to local family life where after several hours of riding (and not getting lost) they will have chance to sit in a small village home and dine with chickens racing to and fro around their feet.

What most backpackers/tourists don’t realise is that if you don’t hire a guide then memorable moments such as these simply won’t happen and the fact is, most tourists to this area dream about moments such as these. I also know that many foreigners, usually those that have only been here for several weeks (and have never really been to 'China’) will say, but that’s not real man, you don’t need to pay for a guide, they just want your money, etc etc, bla blaa blaah! Yet I’m sure when they left Beijing or Shanghai they probably almost wet their pants. Hiring a guide offers both the guide and her (always a female) family to upgrade from bathing in the local river to building a small toilet area where they can install a shower etc and live a more hygienic lifestyle.

It simply allows them more of what they had prior to their daughter or the mother offering guidance to funny looking foreigners and domestic tourists.

It also allows them to upgrade their kitchen area and offer the latter people’s not only to eat a normal local village meal but it also allows the family to take the next step, that of offering a cuisine they probably couldn’t afford before. So your money goes both ways, it gives your local guides family the chance to eat foods that only your money can buy but you also not only get to eat it but to dine in a real local village home with a real local village family.

The same ‘little travelled’ foreigners will also say, but it’s not a real local village!

The simple fact is, it is a local village and it has been standing, harvested and a society for much longer than the domestication of not only white Australia but also Canada and America. Now due to tourism though, they simply have more money to offer you more of what your dreams were made of prior to arriving in China. I find it so amusing that most foreigners want to ‘have the ancient village’ adventure, yet if out of Yangshuo etc they pronounce it dirty or disgusting, yet if they experience it in and around a tourist area such as Yangshuo then it becomes ‘so totally not real’ due to the fact that the family no longer has to bathe in the same place they kill their chickens etc.

Honestly being a very long term traveller in rural areas of China opens my eyes to what my own kind expect, believe and accept what is real and what is not real.

Dining in a rural village? How can that not be acceptable? Has the home and village not been there for hundreds of years? Are you not eating a chicken or part of a pig raised in the same village?

<u>Anyhow, back to Puyi Village.</u>

As Puyi Village is a nearly thirty kilometer round trip there are not too many people who want to ride to Puyi. Most are only in Yangshuo for several days so they do the Moon Hill ride followed by a rafting adventure or two. This visit, many people have asked me, is Puyi Village worth the ride? For me as a bike rider of course it is but for most it isn’t and that is the reason I wrote the above. Puyi is an ancient village but unlike Yangshuo nothing has ever changed so most tourists would simply arrive breathless wondering where the ancient village is.

Well, it is right there!

Just like West Street in Yangshuo, Puyi Village was built around its one main street but here there has been no renovating so it is uninviting. I’d guess that most tourists would ride around wondering where the attraction is yet Puyi Village dates back to the Ming and Qing Dynasties and most buildings are actually over six hundred years old. There is a Pagoda, a temple, a cave and the mountains are covered in lush vegetation that clings to the sheer karst rock faces. Surrounding the village are rice fields and orange groves and the fact that barely any one comes here due to its remote location away from the typical tourist routes make this a picturesque and tranquil place to visit.

As an added extra, there are several other villages to be visited to and from Yangshuo.

<u>Langzi Village</u>

Found around eight kilometers from Gaotian Town, most tourists don’t know about this village. Several years ago I found this village while exploring this area and even today I was amazed at the fact that no other tourists were to be found in this beautiful and quiet village as it remains very authentic in its way of life and its preservation.

<u>Jiuxin Village</u>

Located around half a kilometer from the Yulong River and five kilometers from Yangshuo, Jiuxin Village was built in the Tang Dynasty (around one thousand five hundred years ago) and was once the main town in this area prior to people relocating to Yangshuo. The name Jiuxi means old and important town and for some reason the local government during the Tang Dynasty dictated that Yangshuo was to become the new trading base of the county.

For the bike riders amongst us, ride to Puyi Village and on your return take any left turn and head towards Moon Hill. You will come across countless small villages and picturesque opportunities and it is impossible to get lost as the two main roads between are well sign posted to and from both Moon Hill and Yangshuo. Then when you arrive back to Yangshuo, return your bike and head to either The Alley Bar or The Red Caf&eacute;, choose from their great menu selection and then head to Moyo’s Roof Top Bar and experience a great night playing Beer Pong!

Beers N Noodles toya…..shane ___________________________________________________________

The soundtrack to this entry was by Bad Religion The album was &#8216;All Ages’ ____________________________________________________________

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Posted by eddakath 17:00 Archived in China

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