Bamboo Rafting in Yangshuo

Today we went cycling and riding on a bamboo raft. We started in the morning. We picked up our bikes from the hostel. The bikes were old and in bad condition. We got used to our cranky bikes once we got to the river. Then we enjoyed the scenery. We took a wrong turn (my dad’s fault) for about fifteen minutes and we had to turn back. Once we found the right bridge where the bamboo rafting ends, we went across and took a break. When we got back on our bikes, we took a turn onto a really bumpy, tiny trail. We struggled riding on this trail. I even fell off once or twice. The trail became better but still bumpy. When we finally got to beginning of the bamboo rafting, we were exhausted.

Yangshuo had some beautiful karst mountains.  Here we are with our rickety bikes.

Yangshuo had some beautiful karst mountains. Here we are with our cranky bikes.

We walked to the bamboo rafting station and asked them the price. I knew that mummy was going to have it bargain. The price was 900 YUAN (150 dollars) for all of us. Of course mummy bargained down to 400 yuan (67 dollars). We then went to the boarding platform.

My mom is negotiating a better price.  She's really good at it.

My mom is negotiating a better price. She’s really good at it.  She says that my Oma taught her.

I wasn’t sure how they were going to fit four bikes on to the narrow bamboo rafts. They wanted to put the bikes on a third raft, but we weren’t going to pay any more. In the end, They strapped the bikes on to the of each raft. It was a tight fit.

They argued for a while about who was going to take us, but finally we got on. One raft for daddy and Emma and one raft for mummy and I.

Mommy and I were on one raft and Emma and Daddy were on another.

Mommy and I were on one raft and Emma and Daddy were on another.

The rafts were made of about 9 or 10 long pieces of thick bamboo. They are tied together to make a long raft. One each raft there were two bamboo seats with a big umbrella between them. Our bikes were behind the seats. The guide stood at the back of the raft behind the bikes. There was a lot of room in the front of the raft, so I went to the front of the boat and hung my feet into the water. The water was nice and cool after the long bike ride.

The guide used a long bamboo pole to push the raft along the river. He had to push the pole against the bottom of the river, so it wasn’t too deep. A couple of times it was too deep and he had to use the pole as a paddle. It wasn’t very wide so it didn’t work too well.

The river moved very slowly, but it was very pretty. There were a bunch of floating stores where you could buy things like food, drinks and souvenirs, but we just drifted past them.

I got to dangle my feet into the water.

I got to dangle my feet into the water.

Then just after that there was a WATERFALL! It wasn’t a very big water fall, about 1.5 meters. The front of the raft would stick out over the waterfall and then SPLASH! The front of the raft came crashing down and got us all wet. There were two more waterfalls after that. The last one was the biggest. They even took a picture of it for us. it was really fun.

This is Daddy and Emma going down one of the little waterfalls.

This is Daddy and Emma going down one of the little waterfalls.

After we came back to the shore, we got back on our bikes and rode back to the hostel. It was a great day out.

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