Adventure to Guilin (Yangshuo and Longshen)
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
35Trip End Mar 28, 2010
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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. =)