One morning we joined a lesson at Yangshuo Cooking School, run by an energetic young lady with a good sense of humor. The class started with a trip to the local market where our little group was introduced to ingredients typically used in Chinese cuisine. The “school” is located in the country side in the midst of rice paddies.
The five dishes we produced under the observant eye of our teacher were really delicious. We even mastered the famous beer fish, a regional specialty. To be quite honest, the beer fish we cooked was the best we ever ate while in this region.
On our last evening, the highly recommended “Impressions of Liu Sanjie” was on our agenda, a lightshow with 600 performers and most impressive effects. It tells the story of a young woman, a heroine from the times of the Japanese invasion of China. Of course, no heroine exists without a touch of romance. The show was truly spectacular with the main setting on water with illuminated karst hills in the background.
What struck as a rather odd was the behavior of the audience. While these artists were singing their heart out, some spectators were talking really loudly, others took a nap and a lot left before the show ended to avoid the indescribable traffic jam that followed after the show: thousands of people were picked up in minibuses, while others were dropped off for the next show.