So many places, so little timeShanghai, Fall 2009
After weeks of planning our 10-day vacation around the Guangxi and Yunnan provinces, we finally set out on the eve of China’s National Holiday. First stop, Guilin. Because our flight was delayed for 2 hours, we arrived in Guilin late at night and did not get a chance to explore the area.
The next day, we took a bus to the city of Yangshuo. If you are interested in a lot of outdoor activities, Yangshuo is the place to go. Unfortunately, I sprained my ankle before the trip and couldn’t do as much, but my other travelmates went to a mud cave and hot springs. Instead, my friends and I took a boat ride on the LiJiang River, which was absolutely peaceful and tranquil. Some of us even took a nap onboard. That evening, we returned to our hostel, Monkey Janes, and watched National Holiday festivities from its rooftop bar.
After a day in Yangshuo, we returned to Guilin and explored the city for a little bit. We would have liked to have visited the famous Elephant Trunk Hill, but our 18-hour train to Kunming was leaving that evening and we did not want to miss it. The train ride wasn’t actually that bad. We could at least move around and socialize, so time passed by quickly. Plus, the view was beautiful and scenic; we even caught a glimpse of the Stone Forest, which is known as the “First Wonder of the World.”
In Kunming, we visited the Golden Temple (the largest copper temple in China) and another scenic site called West Hill. Because of my ankle, I took a ski lift to the top of West Hill, where I saw a panoramic view of the city. After that, we set off again for our next transportation–a 12-hour bus to Shangri-la…(continued in next post)
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