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Exploring Guilin & Yangshuo

Walked over the road to the station to buy our train tickets for the sleeper train to Guangzhou on Wed night. It is a huge building & we were looking for the ticketing office when we were approached by this man asking what we were looking for. We told him & he said " all the sleeper seats have gone but he could get one for us!!!" Yeah... like , as if!!!! They are amazing the stories they tell you to try & get you to buy from them. We said we were fine & would work it out ourselves. He followed us as we found the ticketing office & even when we were in line he told us we were in the wrong line! We stayed there & got our 2 bottom bunk soft sleepers for 383 yuan ( ($67 AUS) each.

Wanted to explore the riverfront along the River Li & go to Solitary Peak one of the karst mountains in town. Guilin in this part of town is not very attractive & is busy , with lots of construction. Guilin has a population of approx 750,000.

After walking we decided to get a tuk tuk type vehicle to take us to Solitary Peak. I showed him the chinese translation & off we went. We ended up at a place near the river & i didn't think we had gone in the right direction. He pointed us to a ticket office but nobody there could speak english & tell me what I was buying a ticket for. After asking the nearby crowd if anyone spoke english & not getting any response I decided to look further afield. I found a western looking man but he had no idea where he was & was part of a tour that were all chinese. Eventually found an english speaking chinese lady who confirmed we were not where we should be. She spoke to the driver & we hopped back in & went to the other part of town. He then pulls up next to a taxi & tells us to hop in the taxi. Really strange!! I show the taxi driver in chinese where I want to go & he says hop in taxi. It didn't feel right so We just hopped out of the tuk tuk & walked away.

We serioiusly walked 30 metres down the road & I saw a sign for Solitary Peak in that very same road!! Don't know what the tuk tuk driver & taxi driver were up to but glad we left them as they had pointed down the road in the opposite direction to where they would have taken us.

Paid a ridiculous 70 yuan each to go into the grounds & climb up hundreds more very steep steps to the top of this 152 m pinnacle Great view of the karst mountains weaving in between the buildings & roads of town. Again,not great for photos as the sky isn't blue but hazy.

Nath often gets asked to have his photo taken with older women & even young guys. One guy wanted to know if his hair colour was his!!

Walked to the river & found an info centre to get a city map which was a great help. Beautiful parks lined the river front & it was interesting walking past different dance groups that were happening. To save some money & climb to the top of a karst for a view recomend doing Fubo Shan as it was only 15 yuan to go up.

Saw this great sign in the park saying no drinking, gambling or illegal activities such as superstition allowed & that no spitting or pissing at the public allowed!!!

We got back to the hostel & had a game of pool ( Nath won again) & had some lunch. We were going to Yangshuo for 3 nights & decided to pack what we needed in our small backpacks & leave our large ones here till we came back to catch the train on Wednesday night. That done we set out to the bus station up the road. The buses go every 30 minutes for the hour trip so no booking required & just rock up.

The last bit of the journey was through pretty scenery past dramatic karst mountains. On arrival at the bus staion it was an easy 200 metre walk to find the hostel. We are in an 8 bed dorm - 25 yuan for me & 20 for Nath - about $9 AUS for both of us!!

Went for an explore of town & gathering info to work out what we wanted to do for our next 3 days here.

Much prettier town & calmer feel already than Guilin. Has a population of 300,000 so half the size & the buildings of the town are really right in the middle of the karst limestone peaks. Everywhere you look they are RIGHT there in front of you. We are about 400 metres from West St - a famous tourist street full of shops, cafes & accomodation. Wandered for ages & planned our time here. Tomorrow we booked bikes & a guide for the day for 100yuan ( $20) & to go to the Illumination Light show tomorrow night for 130 yuan each ( $25).

Before diner we walked through a local park where people did tai chi, studied & played cards . They utiise their parks much better than we do as real community areas.

View of Guilin from Solitary Peak

View of Guilin from Solitary Peak


View from Solitary Peak

View from Solitary Peak


The steep steps up

The steep steps up


Sign about no spitting or pissing at the public!!!

Sign about no spitting or pissing at the public!!!


Riverfront park in Guilin

Riverfront park in Guilin


Tre lined streets near river

Tre lined streets near river


Lake in Guilin

Lake in Guilin


Boat on the River Li

Boat on the River Li


Lake pagodas

Lake pagodas


Yangshuo

Yangshuo


View from park in Yangshuo

View from park in Yangshuo


Tree Lined street

Tree Lined street


Park in Yangshuo

Park in Yangshuo


Sunset

Sunset


Walking down West St

Walking down West St


From West St

From West St


Sunset

Sunset


Thin Sandwich burning - on a menu! Not game to try

Thin Sandwich burning - on a menu! Not game to try

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in China

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