Beijing, China
Beijing, China

A scene from Beijing, China. Beijing is a bustling city with many people riding bikes. What's a little different is that they don't enforce the rules of the road--many times we witnessed people crossing the road wherever they felt like it, biking in packs on the street, and lots and lots of honking from cars. 

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Li River Cruise, Guilin to Yangshou
Li River Cruise, Guilin to Yangshou

This river cruise was my favorite thing we did on our trip to China. The scenery was absolutely beautiful. Compared to Beijing and Xian, Guilin and Yangshou were very clean. You could actually see blue skies and the sun, which was covered in smog in the other cities. 

Flower Crown Made by Villager, Yangshou
Flower Crown Made by Villager, Yangshou

This beautiful flower crown was made for us by a local villager in the countryside of Yangshou (pictured in the next photo). It was made from fresh flowers and she sold them to us for 3 yuan, which is the equivalent to 50 cents in U.S. dollars. 

Villager, Yangshou
Villager, Yangshou

This local villager let us come inside her home to see what it would be like to live in the countryside of southern China. She was very hospitable and served us peanuts and lotus plants to munch on. She also showed us the clothing that she wears in the rice fields when its raining. 

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