We decided to hire bicycles to go cycling through the Yangshuo countryside to the nearby town of Fuli.
It was a bumpy old back road that took us past farmers ploughing the fields with their buffaloes and little farm villages along the winding river.
We eventually arrived in the old Chinese town to wander the streets and to check out the strangely charming historic buildings and the fans they are famous for making.
As we were walking within the city walls by the river, we were accosted by a small group of elderly friends sitting around a table by the river under an umbrella playing cards, singing and chatting.
They were excited by the foreign visitors and filled us with endless cups of green tea, peanuts and biscuits.