China – Guilin

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Guilin, a city in the province of Guangxi, set a climate of 25 degrees and high humidity. This helped our pains, especially compared to the cold in Shangri-La. It was, in fact, so humid that the Karst growths seemed veiled in mist. The warm weather came with different people in better moods – most had darker skin and smiled more often. Tens of little motorcycles lined up at every streetlight and the flip flops on the sidewalk reminded one of Southeast Asia.

 

city sightseeing in Guilin in China
city sightseeing in Guilin in China
city sightseeing in Guilin in China

Our first night there was marked by a long walkway by the river canal, twinkling little houses on islands and boats, pagodas on the water, warmth and romance, and in the end we found lodging in a hostel, where we ate Western pizza and watched Western movies.

city sightseeing in Guilin in China
city sightseeing in Guilin in China

 

 

On our second night, rain came down upon the city. We were hungry from our full day excursion to the Longji Terrace Fields, so, after having found out that we couldn’t order food to the hostel, we engaged in a search for the famed pedestrian street of shops and restaurants. We couldn’t find it, slow as we were, since we wore flip flops so as not to wet our shoes. Those flip flops slipped everywhere, and as we the pale-faced squelched about like penguins on the wet sidewalk, everyone else slapped carelessly away in their rubber sandals. For the third time we found shelter in Pizza Hut. This time we had to wait 50 minutes before we could grab the cutlery and remember what “European food” tastes like. Finally we took our chances with the taxis in Guilin. It turned out to be a much more agreeable experience than in Beijing.

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city sightseeing in Guilin in China

Fate was with us on the third night. After failing many times to enter the main shopping street, we met a student who took us to the right entrance. It turned out the liveliest part was right under our noses. We had a Western dinner and engaged in people watching from a corner cafe.

city sightseeing in Guilin in China
“The Grater”
city sightseeing in Guilin in China
Eating noodles despite this abundance and diversity of fruit and vegetables sounds outrageous.
After a quick chronological survey of the dinners, we spent about a day and half visiting the more prominent landmarks – Elephant Trunk Hill (a symbol of Guilin), Fubo Hill and Reed Flute Cave. But I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves…
city sightseeing in Guilin in China
The Elephant

 

city sightseeing in Guilin in China
city sightseeing in Guilin in China
The swimming elephant
city sightseeing in Guilin in China
What would we do without dragons?
city sightseeing in Guilin in China
Strange locals…
city sightseeing in Guilin in China
city sightseeing in Guilin in China
city sightseeing in Guilin in China
Tai Chi in the park
city sightseeing in Guilin in China
Plus some stretching
city sightseeing in Guilin in China
A very active city indeed
city sightseeing in Guilin in China
city sightseeing in Guilin in China
city sightseeing in Guilin in China
Even a cave can house a mall, including a 200-year-old tortoise
city sightseeing in Guilin in China
Your friendly next-door old timer and the brains behind the operation
city sightseeing in Guilin in China
city sightseeing in Guilin in China
Reed Flute Cave
city sightseeing in Guilin in China
How to recognize a Chinese cave – it’s colorful!
city sightseeing in Guilin in China
city sightseeing in Guilin in China
Bamboo rafts

A modest population of six million; nature thrives within the city; the locals seem content and healthy – what more can anyone living in China ask for?

If you’ve already made up your mind, then check this article with things to do in Guilin so you can plan your trip to this pearl of Southern China!

This article was brought to you in English by NIck Kotsev.

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