January 2006 we visited Hong Kong to celebrate the Chinese New Year (the year of the dog) with friends. After Hong kong we travelled to Guilin area to visit several places in the countryside, for instance Yangzhou with its beautiful rock formations. The rice terraces near Ping An (the Dragons backbone) are fabulous, if they are not in the clouds... The area where the Dong minority lives, near Chengyang with the famous covered wooden bridges, is also a good place to travel around for a while. After visiting Guangzhou we made a last stop in Macau, an interesting city with very obvious Portuguese influences.