During the Qing Ming break we escaped from the Beijing windy-weather to a much nicer place in southern China. Guilin was our first stop after a 23 hour train ride, which did not seem that long since I slept most of the time. Sleep-eat-sleep-again-read-a-book-eat is the life in a train, but if you’re curious like me exploring around is another option. Guilin is known for its mountainous scenery and its chili sauce. It’s the best one I’ve ever had in China and it is actually considered one of Guilin’s Three Treasures. The other two are Guilin Sanhua Jiu, a liquor distilled from rice (which I did not get to try); and Guilin pickled tofu.
View from the Seven Star Park
The first night we visited the night market located in the central area of Guilin. It reminded me of the Art Walk from my hometown, McAllen Texas. There were lots of shops selling souvenirs, lamps, paintings of Guilin’s scenery, jewelry, etc. Definitely lots of art that you can look at while enjoying the nice weather and sipping on sugar cane water.
The next day we left early on a tour bus to Yangshuo. It was a Chinese tour and we were the only foreigners, ha. I love mixing with Chinese people because I learn more from their culture and get to practice my broken- Chinese. Plus it was actually a lot cheaper than the tour for English speakers. We did a little bit of site seeing in Yangshuo; we visited a small cave, a temple (first time I see a monk other than in movies!), and a park. The only attraction in the park was a huge tree. Then we were FINALLY taken to the Li River, just what all of us were waiting for and it was perfect timing since we got to see the sunset. Many of Chinese paintings, and postcards have the scenery from this area including the picture in the 20RMB bill. We cruised on a bamboo boat along the river, you can also get on the big boats but the experience is better on the smaller ones. After taking lots of pictures we headed to the Impressions Sanjie Liu show which is performed on water. Five hundred plus Chinese people from different minority groups come together and share a bit of their culture. This is a must see in Yangshuo!
Impression Sanjie Liu
Impression Sanjie Liu
During the next two days we visited most of the scenic spots in Guilin; The Elephant Trunk Hill, the Seven Star Park, the Pagodas, and the Reed Flute Cave. There is also much more to see around Guilin and Yangshuo. We missed the Longji Terraced Fields, the Jingjiang Princes’ City, where the Solitary Beauty Peak is and the Yangshuo countryside tour. A great excuse for me to go back and explore the wonders of Guangxi province.
Elephant Trunk Hill
Reed Flute Cave