Lost In Xingping (Part 5)

Posted by : foongpc | Friday, November 13, 2009 | Published in


Just when you thought it's over, here we go again with another part of Lost In Xingping! But rest assured, this is the final part and I promise not to mention one more word about Xingping after this post!

Unless I want to. Haha!

Anyway, I was no longer lost so the title of this post may be a bit misleading. Well, whatever.

The day after my adventure in the mountain forest of Xingping, we went to take some photos of the Xingping Port which was just 50 metres from the hostel we stayed.

By the way, Jam had almost recovered from his diarrhea after he went to a Chinese physician and ate some Chinese medicines the day before. So he was able to walk around without having to camp near the toilet. Haha!

Look! So many boats! Must be a busy port!

Oh! There's a weir dam here too.

Remember where I mentioned about weir dams? Haha, if you can't remember, refresh your memory here.

I think it would be quite nice to walk across the weir dam to the other side!

Nice reflection on the water.

See the women washing clothes by the river? They were from the Water Village.

Here's the entrance to Xingping Water Village.

There's a water wheel here.

This is the bridge leading to the village.

I didn't really visit the Water Village, just strolled around that place and came back out again.

We had to check out of the hostel by noon and head back to Yangshuo. Before that, we went to the roof top of the hostel and took some photos there.

I really liked This Old Place Youth Hostel. They have some sort like a roof top bar for you to relax at night.

But I did not come up here at night. If you remember, after that adventure in the mountain forest, I decided to retire early.

Anyway, there's hardly any night life in Xingping. It's a small town and the locals there usually go to bed by 9pm. Not my kind of life for sure, since I am a night owl, but it's good to experience it once in a while.

I saw two letterboxes at the roof top.

Doesn't it look cute?

Well, that's about it. My adventure in Xingping had come to an end. It's time to return to Yangshuo. Somehow, I felt a bit sad leaving Xingping. Was it because I did not get to visit the fishing village? Or was it because of the extremely good service I received from this hostel?

As I went up the bus heading for Yangshuo, I felt a little nauseous. My stomach was not feeling too good. I kept this to myself and did not tell Jam and his friend. I hoped that I was not going to come down with food poisoning!


(84) Comments

  1. lina said...


    November 13, 2009 at 8:36 AM
  2. lina said...

    FC indeed! Yeay to me!

    Morning Foong! :)

    November 13, 2009 at 8:37 AM
  3. lina said...

    those boats sure look sturdier than the raft you travel on earlier.

    November 13, 2009 at 8:38 AM
  4. lina said...

    really nice view. I bet it was nice just to have a leisurely stroll there. :)

    BTW, still got drama lah you. So what happen to you that you get nauseous? Haiya, have to wait for next post lah, I suppose! :D

    November 13, 2009 at 8:39 AM
  5. khengsiong said...

    Very beautiful scenery...
    Don't know whether the water wheel is working one or just built for tourists.

    November 13, 2009 at 10:05 AM
  6. manglish said...

    did they use the water they washed their clothes in for other purposes? hahahaha.....tat explained ur nausea and stomachache hahahha...

    November 13, 2009 at 10:36 AM
  7. HappySurfer said...

    The port looks busy. Are those just tourist boats or are they used for everyday moving of supplies and people?

    November 13, 2009 at 11:20 AM
  8. HappySurfer said...

    Did you try walking over the weir dam? It looks interesting but is it safe? No slipping off and such?

    The weir dams may serve a purpose but I suppose they'd create a lot of wear-and-tear for those boats/rafts going over them.

    November 13, 2009 at 11:21 AM
  9. Gabriel said...

    hi hi! haha...after reading your blog. i have decided to go China and it's confirmed! hehe...will be going next year June, to guilin hopefully. any advices or tips for travel? :)thank you! hehe...ur pictures are so tempting that i cannot resist to go already.

    November 13, 2009 at 11:30 AM
  10. HappySurfer said...

    The bridge looks nice for a small town.

    Is there a significance on it being named Water Village? Do you know?

    Nice pictures and good projection of life in a village - washing by the river, quiet village scene - makes one sad to leave. Btw, what do the people do for a living mostly?

    November 13, 2009 at 11:32 AM
  11. HappySurfer said...

    AirAsia's zero fare tickets right now until Sunday are really tempting.

    Foong, thanks again for the info and great shots you shared on your travels. It will be useful for future-travellers, me included.

    November 13, 2009 at 11:36 AM
  12. இ Baŋäŋaz இ said...

    Eeeee the weir dam looks quite high and riding on the raft and falling over it!! How's the feeling like same as on a roller coaster or just another small bump no feeling? ക

    November 13, 2009 at 12:07 PM
  13. இ Baŋäŋaz இ said...

    Got bananas in China? I mean the real fruit(xiangjiao) and not referring to the "bananaz" like you. ക

    November 13, 2009 at 12:12 PM
  14. kitkat said...

    Nice view....should be a good place to take a stroll....the letter boxes do look cute and authentic...

    November 13, 2009 at 12:53 PM
  15. Merryn said...

    foong, u banana oso eh? kenot speak chinese oso eh? high five man! me banana too.. :)

    November 13, 2009 at 1:01 PM
  16. foongpc said...

    lina, congrats for being FC here today! Finally, after such a long time, eh? : )

    Yes, it's nice to stroll around there and nice view. Haha, must put in some drama lah to keep you in suspense : )

    November 13, 2009 at 1:17 PM
  17. foongpc said...

    khengsiong, I believe the water wheel is working but maybe no longer in use now since they have the weir dam already : )

    November 13, 2009 at 1:18 PM
  18. Che-Cheh said...

    Don't tell me you had diarrhea too?

    November 13, 2009 at 1:19 PM
  19. foongpc said...

    manglish, I believe the food poisoning I got was from the same source as Jam's. We had lunch at Yulong River and they used water from the Li River.

    November 13, 2009 at 1:20 PM
  20. foongpc said...

    happysurfer, I think they are for the local people as well as touritsts.

    No, I did not try walking on the weir dam. So not sure it it's slippery or not. Maybe next time : )

    I think the bridge is new. Not sure why it's called Water Village. The locals there do farming mostly.

    Yes, AirAsia zero fares are indeed tempting. Wondering if I should go Hong Kong / Macau as well! Are you planning to go anywhere?

    November 13, 2009 at 1:24 PM
  21. [SK] said...

    yes!! let's celebrate for all the readers!! finally this is the last part!! kekeke :p

    November 13, 2009 at 1:24 PM
  22. [SK] said...

    yalor, you got 5 episodes of Lost in Xinping, but i think only 1 episode that you wrote about getting lost.. haiz!!

    November 13, 2009 at 1:25 PM
  23. [SK] said...

    i love that water wheel scenery, looks so nice and so peaceful and so tranquil.. no wonder you don't feel like leaving the place..

    November 13, 2009 at 1:26 PM
  24. [SK] said...

    well, actually are all these places you visited near to each other along the same river?? cos the sceneries are ALL THE SAME!!

    November 13, 2009 at 1:26 PM
  25. foongpc said...

    gabriel, going Guilin next June? You must not miss the boat cruise on Li River, travel to Yangshuo and visit West Street and also to Xingping! Are you staying in backpackers or normal hotels? If backpackers, do not stay at Backstreet Youth Hostel! I would recommend Oasis Inn instead : )

    November 13, 2009 at 1:28 PM
  26. foongpc said...

    bananaz, haha, riding over the weir dam is just a bump and definitely not like a roller coaster. Haha!

    I don't recall seeing any bananas (fruit)in China - but I'm sure there are the other type of bananas there. LOL!

    November 13, 2009 at 1:31 PM
  27. foongpc said...

    kitkat, yes I did enjoy strolling there. The letterbox is indeed cute : )

    November 13, 2009 at 1:32 PM
  28. foongpc said...

    merryn, you also? Great! Hi 5!! : )

    November 13, 2009 at 1:33 PM
  29. foongpc said...

    SK, I celebrate - you throw the party all expenses on you lah. Haha!

    Only 1 episode on getting lost, the other 3 episodes before it is meant to build up the suspense. Haha.

    Yeah, all the places I visit is along the same Li River, but the river rafting is on Yulong River : )

    November 13, 2009 at 1:36 PM
  30. CheaHSan said...

    Got a feeling your post will surfaced, my luópán (wind water compass) & fingers calculation very 'choon' [accurate] one, haha. Just pulling your leg btw saw your sore 'toe' again in 2nd pix? Whoa love the 'reflection' pixs thanks.

    November 13, 2009 at 1:56 PM
  31. CheaHSan said...

    Oh nice letter boxes reminds me of "The Postman" and that could be Kevin Costner riding the horse delivering mails???

    November 13, 2009 at 2:22 PM
  32. ladyviral said...

    Lina congratulations on being FC here! Lucky day for you!

    November 13, 2009 at 3:13 PM
  33. ladyviral said...

    The scenery looks so beautiful... was it windy? Else it would be lovely to stroll about.. just enjoying the fresh air and the wind.

    November 13, 2009 at 3:14 PM
  34. ladyviral said...

    Oh wow! Haven't seen such water wheel around anymore... that is so nice!

    November 13, 2009 at 3:14 PM
  35. Donna said...

    wah.. water wheel!
    I tot that thing only exist in cartoon!

    November 13, 2009 at 8:25 PM
  36. J2Kfm said...

    many more days to come? :)
    i can imagine the torture of having food poisoning in a foreign country.

    November 13, 2009 at 9:56 PM
  37. foongpc said...

    cheahs@n, oh that's not me in the picture! Haha!

    I didn't watch "The Postman" - was it a nice movie?

    November 13, 2009 at 10:02 PM
  38. foongpc said...

    ladyviral, no it's not windy, in fact it was hot! yeah, I like the water wheel too : )

    November 13, 2009 at 10:03 PM
  39. foongpc said...

    dolly, oh no! The water wheel exists in real life. Haha!

    November 13, 2009 at 10:04 PM
  40. foongpc said...

    J2Kfm, it's really bad luck to suffer from food poisoning. Luckily for me, it's very mild and not as bad as Jam's : )

    November 13, 2009 at 10:05 PM
  41. Anonymous

    I love the water wheel and the bridge. Beautiful.

    November 13, 2009 at 10:05 PM
  42. HappySurfer said...

    Am I planning to go anywhere? Yeah, two places in mind for next year, one of them is Macau. But who knows. Anything can happen. Good luck on your AirAsia booking, Foong.

    Thanks for shedding some light to my queries. That's the beauty of travelling, isn't it? We get new insights and there is so much in the world to learn.

    November 13, 2009 at 10:17 PM
  43. CH Voon said...

    Nice & natural place.

    Feel relax and peace of mind.

    November 13, 2009 at 10:21 PM
  44. Tommaso said...

    Nice Blog. I found you through entrecard.
    I write about Italian cooking at http://www.italianrecipesblog.com
    The photos you posted are very nice!
    Thank you

    November 13, 2009 at 11:45 PM
  45. Ayie said...

    The water village looks so good foong, and I agree it must be nice to walk across that weir dam.

    So now it's going to be your tummy adventure? We'll wait and see =)

    happy weekend to you!

    November 14, 2009 at 7:17 AM
  46. eastcoastlife said...

    I would love to visit the Water Village and see how the people live.

    November 14, 2009 at 3:38 PM
  47. eastcoastlife said...

    I probably would look more pretty living in such a beautiful environment. :P

    November 14, 2009 at 3:39 PM
  48. eastcoastlife said...

    How come you guys didn't encounter beautiful any women so far? Not possible in China leh?

    November 14, 2009 at 3:40 PM
  49. eastcoastlife said...

    Blog about the beautiful women and you would probably have seen some very fierce ones. :D

    November 14, 2009 at 3:41 PM
  50. Mariuca said...

    Hi Foong, I have some awards for u at my blog, come and get it! :)


    November 14, 2009 at 8:06 PM
  51. Ken Wooi said...

    should have named the entry "NOT" lost in Xin Ping (Part 1) =P

    November 15, 2009 at 1:29 AM
  52. bluedreamer27 said...

    haha i thought that was a ruined Ferris wheel...
    i wish i can overcome my phobia in riding on a boat...so i can travel too and ride on those lovely boats

    November 15, 2009 at 1:50 AM
  53. CheaHSan said...

    Not bad, 'The Postman' was directed by K Costner and also the 'hero' in the movie.

    November 15, 2009 at 11:06 AM
  54. wenn said...

    very scenic and nice bridge..

    November 15, 2009 at 11:40 AM
  55. RoseBelle said...

    Glad to have visited your blog and discover this hidden beauty in China. I've never heard of Xingping before but it sure looks like the picture perfect place I've always wanted to visit and live if the Chinese government allows foreigners to do so. Love your cute panda avatar by the way...saw it at Ladyviral's blog.

    November 15, 2009 at 1:51 PM
  56. Tekkaus said...

    Warr...the port is so crowded with all the boats. This totally kill the beautiful scenery ler. :(

    November 15, 2009 at 3:30 PM
  57. Tekkaus said...

    Walking on their damn must very enjoyable. With water gushing through your feet. Aww...connected to mother nature huh! But have to be careful lar. You don't want history to repeat itself right? :p

    November 15, 2009 at 3:31 PM
  58. Tekkaus said...

    Go to be at 9? Gosh very early huh! So that's why Malaysia is better. LOL :D

    The letter box looks very special. But it's not from China for sure right? Western?

    November 15, 2009 at 3:33 PM
  59. Tekkaus said...

    Too bad huh bro you couldn't make it to the fishing village. Perhaps it is a good thing you didn't go on. Who knows what will happen right? :)

    November 15, 2009 at 3:34 PM
  60. Tekkaus said...

    Wow...stomach upset? Let's see if you are really down in Yangshuo. Until then have a great day bro. :)

    November 15, 2009 at 3:34 PM
  61. eiling lim said...

    for a while there I thought the water wheel was a ferris wheel! haha..

    November 15, 2009 at 6:55 PM
  62. jam said...

    If there is any regret in our China trip, I would say I should have explored more in Xingping!

    November 15, 2009 at 9:47 PM
  63. jam said...

    So you were not feeling ok with your stomach too! Thanks God you were much ok than 2 of us!

    November 15, 2009 at 9:48 PM
  64. foongpc said...

    mei teng, I like it too : )

    November 16, 2009 at 1:11 AM
  65. foongpc said...

    happysurfer, going Macau? Have a great trip! Will you be blogging about it?

    November 16, 2009 at 1:11 AM
  66. foongpc said...

    CH Voon, yes it's quite a relaxing place : )

    November 16, 2009 at 1:12 AM
  67. foongpc said...

    tommaso, glad you like my blog. Thanks for dropping by! Will visit your blog soon : )

    November 16, 2009 at 1:13 AM
  68. foongpc said...

    ayie, tummy adventure coming up soon! happy weekend to you too! : )

    November 16, 2009 at 1:13 AM
  69. foongpc said...

    eastcoastlife, yeah I think we would all look younger and nicer living there with the relaxing lifestyle and healthy food!

    Beautiful women? Talking about that, I hardly come across beautiful Chinese women during my travels in China except for one or two. Fierce ones? Oh yeah, our tour guide was quite fierce, in a way : )

    November 16, 2009 at 1:16 AM
  70. foongpc said...

    mariuca, thanks for the awards! Will check it out! : )

    November 16, 2009 at 1:17 AM
  71. foongpc said...

    kenwooi, but I did get lost! Haha!

    November 16, 2009 at 1:17 AM
  72. foongpc said...

    bluedreamer27, a mini Ferris wheel? Haha! You have phobia riding on boats? I'm glad I don't have such phobia otherwise cannot go on this China trip where I get onto boats most of the time! LOL!

    November 16, 2009 at 1:19 AM
  73. foongpc said...

    cheahs@n, really? Maybe I'll watch it during one of my weekends : )

    November 16, 2009 at 1:19 AM
  74. foongpc said...

    wenn, yes indeed : )

    November 16, 2009 at 1:20 AM
  75. foongpc said...

    rose belle, thanks for visiting my blog! You must really go visit China and have a good time there! And thanks for loving my cute panda avatar. I love it! : )

    November 16, 2009 at 1:22 AM
  76. foongpc said...

    tekkaus, I may want to try walking on that weir dam one day! Just got to be more careful! Haha!

    Only people in small town sleep early - I doubt people in big towns will sleep at 9pm!

    Yeah, too bad didn't make it to the fishing village, but no regrets there. Can always go back next time! : )

    November 16, 2009 at 1:25 AM
  77. foongpc said...

    eiling lim, a ferris wheel? Haha!

    November 16, 2009 at 1:26 AM
  78. foongpc said...

    jam,you should not regret because you are down with food poisoning! Anyway, you can always go back there next time!

    Yeah, I also have diarrhea, but mild compared to you both : )

    November 16, 2009 at 1:27 AM
  79. Gabriel said...

    hhaha...mind if i ask how much is the total cost u have spent for the whole trip?

    November 16, 2009 at 7:12 AM
  80. Shingo T said...

    I hate having diahorrea in foreign land. =(

    I'm sure you will never forget Xingping. Travelling alone someday?

    November 16, 2009 at 2:10 PM
  81. Robo said...

    Errr....any more stories about China? Seems like no yet finish? Haha!

    November 30, 2009 at 6:11 PM
  82. foongpc said...

    gabriel, have replied to you on your blog : )

    December 13, 2009 at 12:23 PM
  83. foongpc said...

    shingo T, I've traveled alone before. Yeah, I will travel alone again soon : )

    December 13, 2009 at 12:24 PM
  84. foongpc said...

    robo, yes loads of stories about my China trip coming up! : )

    December 13, 2009 at 12:25 PM