But I needn't have worried. She's really loving "roughing it" and seems to enjoy the "chicken buses" even more than I do. It's not her first trip either - she went on a solo trip to Thailand and Cambodia in the 90s when few Chinese were able to make it out of the country, and with no English then either. So there's actually a tough and resourceful side to her that only makes her more attractive in my eyes.
Today we enjoyed (endured?) a 9 hour bumpy and windy bus journey to CongJiang. This town is much smaller than Duyun or Kaili, but is the best place from which to head to Dong villages - an ethnic group I've not seen before. We head off to our first village tomorrow.