First beer in China

At the Red Star Express restaurant in Yangshuo, China.

This was our first afternoon in mainland China, after our 14-hour overnight train from Shenzhen to Gui Lin, followed by a 90-minute bus ride to Yangshuo.

After spending a day or so in Yangshuo, I can say I like this place, at least so far. The most comparable city in the United States is New Orleans, with its second-floor balconies and cobblestone streets, which in Yangshuo are full of pushy salespersons, restaurants and street food, fake goods, tour guides, and many Chinese tourists. Most of the tourists here are not Western, although there are a fair share of us too.

My new French friend, Matthieu from Paris, introduces me to ¥10 RMB ($1.50) Tsingtaos, expensive by Chinese standards and not very good, even cold on a hot and humid day.