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There were a few things I really wanted to see when we were in China.
The Great Wall…
The Forbidden City…
See hundreds and thousands of people milling around…
And see a Lion Dance.
With only 5 days before we left, I thought I wouldn’t see a Lion Dance.
But I was wrong.
Dad and Mum, taking a walk in the bird-and-flower market, rushed back to the apartment, and told Jem and I to grab our cameras.
The noise was deafening…
Well, you might as well see for yourself.
But I saw my Lion Dance.
And Megamind, super-villain, wins.
Maybe this movie isn’t so normal after all…
Megamind’s ultimate dream (to rule MetroCity) starts out all he hoped for. But then life gets boring. What’s the point of being evil if there’s not good to stop you? He misses his rival, Metroman. Being the bad guy is all he’s ever wanted. Yet the bad guy doesn’t have a happy ending…and the bad guy never gets the girl. And when a new evil invades MetroCity, who will save the innocent bystanders? Megamind, super-villain surely can’t…
Movie Classification: PG
Company: DreamWorks Animation
My Rating: 4 1/2 Stars
I heard many negative reviews on this movie before I actually saw it — so my mind was made up that it wouldn’t be a good watch. A few minutes into the film, I changed my mind.
I enjoy the animation films of today that boast a fast-pace, action, hilarious dialogue, unforgettable characters, and a story-line worth remembering. Of course there are exceptions, but I found Megamind an extremely entertaining, well-presented film. Some parts are a little more predictable then others, yet the twists are enough to bring many laughs.
The old “superhero vs. supervillain” story was shaken up and stirred around. And what happened? Megamind.
Considering we like caves, and we were in Yanghsuo, and there was a particularly nice cave there — we decided to go Chinese Caving. Or Spelunking (which, according to the dictionary, just means “the exploration of caves”).
This is the Dragon Assembly cave.
We walked across a zig-zag bridge (to keep the evil spirits away–naturally), and down into the cave. The change in temperature was amazing. After melting in the sun all morning, descending into coolness was the best part of going to the cave.
We took a boat with the Chinese tour ahead of us, sailing through a still, green lake in the cave to the other side. Once out, the Chinese tour (with their tour guide shouting into a microphone) zoomed ahead of us. In China there are schedules. You don’t just stop and smell the roses — or linger on the rocks as the case may be. At least two more Chinese tours passed us before we finished looking through the cave.
Caves in China are different.
For one, we let them look natural. We fine people for touching the limestone and leaving fingerprints. We fine them for taking “souvenirs” of stalactites or stalagmites. Basically, we fine people for doing anything but looking.
In China, they put lights everywhere. Forget your torch. Not one part of the cave we walked through had been left looking “natural”. After all, natural is really rather boring. Why not have flashing lights of all different colours?
Yes, it was a dazzling experience.
And of course, you can’t go anywhere in China without being sold something. There were markets in the caves.
My little camera struggled with the dark cave, but you can still see the market stalls. With a few extra floodlights, it’s as good as being in the middle of a busy street in Yangshuo. Just a little more expensive.
So, if you happen to go caving in China, don’t worry about a torch. Just take your sunglasses.
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|Xavier dipping his toes in.|
In summertime, the river is not only the laundry, its also a swimming pool. Horses trot across the opposite bank. Swimmers take off down the current. Dogs are soaped up and washed. Rafts float down the fast-flowing current, giving rides to the hundreds of tourists that come to Yangshuo. Competition between them is fierce. We had a lady follow us from one end of the street to the other, trying to talk us into taking a ride on her raft. The nearer we went to the river, the more anxious she became. What if another riverman snapped up these tourists? Pity we didn’t want a boatride. We just wanted to walk and enjoy the river.
I love the colours and shapes of the mountains behind, contrasted against the fast-flowing river. This truly is a beautiful part of China.