Tip for Yangshuo, China – Stay at Monkey Jane’s and use the free guide!

This weekend I have been exploring the amazing little town of Yangshuo, near Guilin in China. It is a very friendly little town with lots of really cool things to do. We have wandered through caves, had a mud bath, hikes mountains and biked around small villages. And that’s just the day activities! The food is insanely good and there is lots of cute shops and cool bars to wander through at night! The best thing for me though is that Chinese locals who want to learn English volunteer at the hostel we stayed. As such, you get a free guide to do all the activities which – and for coeliacs – a free guide to ensure what you are eating is gluten-free! Today’s treat was specially made gluten-free, the names of which I couldn’t really understand but they were great:

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These were probably my favourite! I am pretty sure it was Taro covered in sticky rice, but you can never be sure! Q (our guide) ensured me I could eat them though!

Here’s what the other treats were:

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The first is a “pumpkin biscuit”, again made with sticky rice, and the second is sticky potato inside sticky rice… So many carbs I am sure it was terrible for you, but it was gluten-free so I’m not complaining!

Coming to Yangshuo has been amazing and when I am back in Hong Kong and have my computer I promise to write all about it! If your going to Asia or looking for a holiday – check it out!!

Much Love,

G.E.B.

Politeness mixed with Chinese Culture – a recipe for disaster

Last night CUHK hosted a welcome banquet for all the exchange students. 11 courses of preset food. Sounds amazing? Well that wasn’t quite the outcome…

Despite the fact the school knew of my allergy it didn’t seem to translate to the restaurant and they constantly put questionable things on my plate. I tried to put the gluteny-looking stuff to the side but on the small plates it was all just being contaminated and I knew the night wasn’t going to end well. Whilst it had occurred to me to say no, I had been told that to not offend you should say yes and then just leave it, so that’s what I did. Yet even then, only so much can be on your plate before you have to eat some of it. Some of the dishes were delicious, some cute, and some just plain weird looking!

A particularly worrying item on the menu was ‘marshmallow rabbit’. We read this and got quite fearful of what we were going to have to eat. This is what came:

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A cute rabbit shaped marshmallow. We breathed a sigh of relief and gobbled the laser-eyed treats!

Despite all my attempts, I found my plans to head out swiftly ending and instead retreated back to college, my bed and the bathroom.

Lets hope for more luck in the future!