Sorry for being tardy posting – the schedule got a bit hectic, I couldn’t get the internet to work in one of the hotels and I still haven’t found the time to process any of the pictures. So I’ll give a brief text summary and do more posts with pictures when I have time…
After all the panda madness the rest of our time in Chengdu was a lot less exciting. We went to a Sichuan Opera in the evening (pretty awesome, especially the face mask and costume changing), we had some “free time” that we spent walking around town, including a visit to a nearby Buddhist temple, we went to a park and had some tea and to a touristy shopping street.
Much as I am happy with this tour and much as we enjoyed all of this, that second day in Chengdu and the flight to Guilin were clearly the lowlight of the trip. Our group was the lucky one – we were on the flight that was scheduled later the one two of the other groups were on, and our flight was almost on time. Still, that meant that we got to our hotel at 11:30pm. K2 had been brilliant in her planning and we had everything we needed to put the girls into their beds with us as carry-on. The other families waited until midnight to get their checked bags.
But the groups that were on the alleged “earlier” flight had it far worse. Their plane was delayed for hours and they didn’t get to the hotel until 1:40am. And the next morning we had to leave the hotel at 8am so lots and lots of kids were seriously lacking sleep.
Yesterday morning we did the Li river cruise. We could almost see how beautiful this might be on a nice day, but with low hanging mist and fog and some rain I think this part didn’t quite live up to the promise. Still, it was fun.
In Yongshuo we checked into our hotel and then we did a Chinese cooking class. I may write more about the “food safety” and “overall safety” issues I had with the class, but ignoring that it was a huge success and the food the kids cooked (with some help from their parents) was delicious. H2 and S2 were thrilled and excited beyond words. It was fun.
Given how little sleep they had the night before (and given that the guides warned us about mosquitos and S2 already had seven badly swollen bites) we decided to skip the evening event and the girls went to the pool instead and we had a reasonably early bed time.
Today we took the bus back to Guilin, stopped at a pearl factory and Elephant Hill and checked back into the same hotel (and in our case, the exact same rooms) as we had two days ago for the really short night.
Today we’ll still do some Chinese painting class for the kids and then it’s already the farewell dinner. Time flew. So many memories, so many wonderful moments, so many new friends (and in our case, old friends we reconnected with).
As I said, I will post more, but we’re just about to leave for the painting class and I wanted to get this up since several people asked and wondered if everything was OK.
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