Guilin to Yangshou

Guilin landscapes

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Took a beautiful run around one of the 4 Guilin lakes around our hotel. It was extremely serene with many older Chinese people doing tai chi and exercises. A more traditional hearty buffet breakfast awaited us…congee, fried rice/noodles, hard boiled tea eggs, dumplings, and other yumminess!  Sophie picked us up and we headed out on the Li river cruise.  The Lijiang River originates in Xing’an County in northern Guilin. It flows 437 km down Guilin, Yangshou, Pingle, and Wuzhou into the West River.  We took a 50km ride down the river from Guilin to Yangshou. The river was winding like a ribbon which beautifully displayed the region’s characteristic peaks.

After disembarking, we walked up West St…a tourist trap.  We checked into New Century Hotel for a couple of hours and then set out for dinner that was about a 10 min walk from our hotel.  We ordered the beer fish, pork-stuffed snails, and meat stuffed tofu and Yangshuo‘s local tea, which was an orange appearing refreshing drink.  Later this evening, we went to the Impression show, which was a splendid display of music, water, dance, and lights….all on the Li River. There were 300 farmers who performed choreography in the water on their bamboo boats, 300 performers from the Impression performing arts school, and 3000 audience members. It was outdoor seating in the hot, humid, blood-thirsty insect happy environment….but it was worth it. The show was incredible! I highly recommend it! It was directed by the same guy who directed the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

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