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.
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.