Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Hilights of our Trip to Guilin, China

My hubby and I traveled China together back in January. Of all the places we visited in China, Gulin was my favorite. Guilin is a city situated in the Northeast region of the Li River. The name "Guilin" literally means "Forest of Sweet Osmanthus" in Chinese because of all the Osmanthus trees in the city. Unfortunately, we were there mid January when the fog was thick and the air was fiercely cold... so no flowers. But still the rolling fog added a dramatic effect to the famous Mountains and dynamic scenery of Guilin.

These are photos from "Reed Flute Cave." The cave got its name from the verdant reeds growing outside it, which the Chinese people use to make flutes. From the outside it's nothing special, but once you step inside it's like you've entered a different world. Spectacular stalactites, stone pillars and rock formations are illuminated by colored lighting. These rock formations look like a blooming rose!
The water-eroded caves still have pools of crystal clear water that reflect the walls of the cave. From a step back, it looks like a little city with mountains!
We took a day trip upto Longsheng's Longji terraced rice fields. The rice terraces are built into the hillsides. Longji literally means " Dragon's Backbone"in Chinese. There were groups of large-scaled rice terraces built into the hillsides. Unfortunatley the fog was super heavy so we couldn't see much. But on a clear day they say that these rice fields look like a golden stairway to heaven. My National Geographic shot of a local lady. The local village ladies showed off their hair to us. They only cut their hair once in their lifetime! Crazyness.
Everyone comes to Guilin to see the spectacular misty mountains and lush landscaping unique to Guilin. These mountaisn have been an inspiration to Chinese poets and artists throughout the centuries. We took a boat ride along the Li River to admire these mountains.
At night Guilin is lit up along the river.
Maybe one day we'll go back again. Zai Jian China~!

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