Aug 09, 2010
Feb 01, 2012
Hello again! Guess who?
Sorry we are inundating you with blog updates but we want to catch up on them!
We left Shanghai for Guilin by late afternoon. We decided to travel by 3rd class train travel to save some money! Big mistake! The toilet situation was bad as always, the noise was immense, the stares from people were constant and the guy’s socks across from me stank to high heaven! To cap it all off I was on the top bunk so could not even look out of the window. As you can imagine we hardly slept.
Guilin itself is quite modern which was no surprise but we were here for the countryside. I do not know if you know anything about this area but the surrounding countryside is full of Limestone Karsts. They are really stunning and otherworldly. The great thing about Guilin is that some of the peaks are right in the city. So we headed to a place called 7 peaks park.
On the way we came across loads of locals dancing to different types of music along the Li River. They were great! Groups congregated to dance the waltz, the lambada or some hip hop. One lady tried to entice Karen into a dance but to no avail. Ha ha. There are also loads of old Chinese elders that gather together and spend their time gambling along the river. Mainly by playing cards. There were so many of them playing. Table after table full of people bent over their money and cards. It was brilliant. Right I will pass the laptop over to Karen to describe our time at the Park…..
This feels like a proper double act!
We were on our way to the Seven Peaks park to enjoy some of the natural scenery of this town. We wandered aimlessly through the park and with every path we took came to a gorgeous site. A lovely waterfall, or a cave or a huge peak to climb. We enjoyed it so much we ended up spending a whole day there. We climbed one of the peaks and as with most parts of China the air was foggy with pollution so when we got to the top (not an insignificant feat) we couldn’t see much of the views. Pity. Still we had a great day wandering around and even got to climb a second peak in the afternoon. Clearly we were feeling very active after being confined to those horrible sleepers on the train. To my excitement we found a little stall by a waterfall that actually had a dress up box. Proper traditional costumes with headdress and all. I had to have a go and was quickly turned into a traditional Chinese princess of some sort. It brought back great memories of the dress up parties we used to have at our flat in Glazbury Rd.
As you can imagine we were pretty exhausted by the end of the day and we had an early night in anticipation of our journey to the next destination the following morning. Little did we know that the scenery we’d seen in Guilin would pale into insignificance once we saw what awaited us in Yangshuo.
Lots of love
Karen and Paul