Guilin Jinpu Hotel
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... tomorrow. Our first stop was at an old Guilin village where we were able to wander the narrow streets, visit a huge home which had belonged to a very wealthy family and view time-honoured traditions. I just loved it! We then returned to the new city of Guilin for lunch before visiting a tea plantation in the Guangxi countryside to learn about the cultivation of China's ' national drink'. We were educated in the ...
... ended up going out as the sun was starting to think about setting. We went through a little alley filled with all sorts of little stalls selling all sorts of munchies, before emerging into a vast high street crammed full of people. This was Nanjing Road. It is a mixture of European style buildings and modern ones, mostly modern now. It is the world's longest shopping district, around 5.5km long, and attracts over 1 million visitors daily. (I love Wikipedia!) We got some food and ...
... Cairns/ Kuranda area – lush and tropical and very hot and humid in summer.
The Karsts of Guilin are simply magical land formations, which represent a unique set of
mountains or hills, which are rounded in nature and seem as if they are mounds,
which have burst right through the earth's surface. It truly is a magical site
to behold and one can spend hours and hours on end, just ...
Laura and I had opted for two different Li River experiences. She was heading down the river on a luxury cruise boat and I was going on the bamboo raft. We both ended up thinking we made the best decision.
The tour group got together on the bus that morning and set off on a long bus ride towards the starting point of our trip. We had a very energetic English speaking tour guide who impressively rattled on bi-lingually for pretty much the entire ride.
Once at the dock ...
... Cheap, cheap!) we headed through the village, and I enjoyed the demonstration of fan making very much! Then we headed to the Li river for a cruise to view the beautiful landscape. Frankly, it was disappointing to me. Perhaps it had to do with the weather, which was overcast and not too warm, perhaps it had to do with the condition of the boat we rode in (pretty dilapidated also), and perhaps it was the incredible ennui that sets in even when you are viewing ...