Getting to ZhaoXing was always going to a bit tricky. The direct local bus we were promised didn't materialise, so we headed for LuoXing which had a more regular service. From there we managed to hire a minibus to get us to this amazing Dong village. Despite a dozen beautiful "Drum Towers" [see photo] and "Wind and Rain Bridges" it still remains largely untouristy and we had a lovely few hours investigating alleys, waterways and traditional buildings.
The day was somewhat overshadowed, however, by my mobile phone and glasses being stolen. An old peasant lady insisted on trying to sell us some trinkets while Ava and I were eating lunch. When we showed no interest, she presumably took matters into her own hands and dipped into my bag as she walked out - I had left it on the back on of my chair. It could have been worse - my passport, money, camera, MP3 player were all in there too - but it will be a hassle to replace all the stored telephone numbers and to have to wear my (prescription) sunglasses for the rest of the trip, day and night!
The return journey to Congjiang at the end of the day proved even more awkward. We couldn't find a minibus willing to go to LuoXiang, and ended up hiring a tractor for the very bumpy 40 minute ride [see photo] to LuoXiang. Ava and I compared bruises the next day! From LuoXiang we managed to catch the last bus back for a well-earned shower and rest. Tomorrow is our last big bus journey - 8 hours to Guilin.
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