Sanjiang to Rong'an and Rongshui
Few people travel the road from Sanjiang to Rong'an and Rongshui. This is mainly because it is more logic to continue to travel west to Zhaoxing than going south in the direction Liuzhou
It makes sense NOT to use this road. After all... what is there to see? I had not heard of anything remotely interesting here. To me, that was a reason to cycle this way instead of cycling west to Zhaoxing and further into Guizhou, which anyway, I have had done several times.
After a night in Sanjiang and a breakfast in the early (and cold) morning I cycled back to the outskirts of Sanjiang town. To my left was the road to Longsheng which I had taken when coming here (see this page), to my right the unknown road which ultimately would lead to Liuzhou although I would not go that far south.
The idea was simple: cycle to Rong'an, stay a night here and continue using the S306 back to Guilin (which I had cycled in 2002).
I was expecting a busy road but there was hardly any traffic except an occasional truck or bus. From the Sanjiang junction it was a slow climb up. I passed small villages with here and there a Dong Drum tower. It went all up to a tunnel, 15 km further on.
What followed was a nice ride with here and there a little going up and down but never serious. That would stay until the last 20 km. In these last kilometers the hills were no longer surrounding me but it wasn't flat either.
In fact, the road curved all along the tiny hills I had to pass and the climbs, though seldom longer than a few 100 meter maximum were tougher, steeper. It stayed like that until just before Rong'an.
Rong'an and Rongshui
It's really hard to say something about both small cities. I had visited Rongshui in 2002 and it was according to my diary a pleasant little town with not a lot to do. The same counted now (May 2011) for Rong'an.
It had been only 80km from Sanjiang and I was early in Rong'an. Continue to Rongshui? Nah... I'd see that town and I knew it was far from exciting. Best to explore Rong'an a bit. So I checked in a hotel (it seemed the rooms got cheaper and cheaper without getting worse).
I was right, there wasn't much in town to do and outside the town center it didn't look exciting too. It didn't matter much to me, I had a few hours until sunset, and it seemed a good moment to fall asleep at the riverside.
At night the city seemed to come to life. The street to the railway station now became a night market with great fruits and delicious fried noodles. I spend the rest of the evening here, eating and drinking a bit before the next day I took the very interesting road to Guilin
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