Adventure to Guilin (Yangshuo and Longshen)

Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
Trip End Mar 28, 2010

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Lakeside Inn

Flag of China  , Guangxi,
Friday, November 20, 2009

Thus far, most of my entries have been about my impressions about Beijing.  Recently, I had the chance to visit one of the most touristic places in China - Guilin.  This scenic city is a picturesque place with stunning hills which have even been inked onto the 20 yuan bill.

First, I would say the atmosphere was fantastic
.  The Li River runs through the city and to Yangshuo.  We actually took a ferry ride down the river to Yangshuo to enjoy the hills along the river and fresh, crisp air.  In the city, it is a much more manageable place than Beijing and actually feels like you could fully explore it.  The water was much cleaner and being by the lake was just a nice feeling.

Also, the rice terraces were one of a kind.  I had never seen anything like that although it did remind me of the farming community of Cinque Terre.

It was interesting to hear that the accent was different.  And I could notice.  Some people thought that I was from Guilin because of my southern facial features.  This allowed me to blend in with the locals even more. Unfortunately, I couldn't speak the local dialect... but I could understand it somewhat. 

The food was delicious
(as usual) and I got to try Guilin noodles.  Additionally, I tried a sweet potato, ate chicken out of a grilled bamboo, fresh passion fruit and this type of gao (dessert).

And the biggest highlight?  Well, of course befriending a local who was able to show us around the city by bike.  With her help we went to the Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill and Seven Star Park.  If I were to got back again in the future, it would be when it's warmer... heard you can swim in the lakes then. =)
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