Another spontaneous trip. I was having a coffee in Hong Kong and suddently felt like going to China. It’s quite easy to get the China visa in Hong Kong, plenty of agencies will handle the whole process for a reasonable fee.
On my last trip I went to Yangshuo in Guilin to do some Tai Chi and Qi Gong. I also visited Shanghai.
Entering China is a bit nerve wracking. I had the same feeling entering Russia when I worked there back in 2007. The nerves come from visiting a country with a more authoritarian state. I can also get nervous in countries where I can’t speak the language and pick up on the nuances of a situation.
Despite these nerves, my experience in China has always been positive.
I found a good Qi Gong teacher in Shenzhen who speaks English. The Qi Gong teacher I had in Yangshuo had limited Enlgish, which wasn’t helped by a propensity to tell complicated stories as he taught.
Years of office work, electronic screens and critical deadlines are pretty hard for the body and soul. Qi Gong has been one of the most effective practices I’ve found to re-energise the system.
I was taking a look through some pictures of my last trip to China (2014).
Guilin is highly recognisable for it’s famous landscape which is made up of many karst hills.
Out in the countryside in Guilin I saw quite a lot of these little two stroke engine’d trucks. I saw similar engines being used by the hill tribe farmers in Laos in the past.
Yangshuo in Guilin is a bit of a party town in the countryside. The main pedestrian street is full of brightly coloured stores and restaurants.
It’s exciting to go back to China again!