Guilin Series 1

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In August we took a family trip to Guilin and surrounding area, a must-see for anybody staying in China according to our friends.

We got great tickets on Spring Air, a domestic budget airline, although the travel experience led our Second Oldest to later describe the airplane as a “trashcan with wings.”

We were in search of rural countryside, but thought we ought to do a day or two in the city of Guilin first.

The very awesome youth Hostel “This Old Place” was a reminder of my Eurail backpacking days, with a very international clientele, fussball and pool in the common area, and great pizza.

As I reminisced about my European youth hostel experiences in the 90’s, our Oldest suddenly realized how much there is left to see in the world, and is now inspired to set off on her own adventures.

We wanted to have as much time away from large tour groups and high-dollar entry fees for dumb stuff as possible, so we explored some off the beaten path hikes and local culture.

This Old Place Youth Hostel--highly recommended!

This Old Place Youth Hostel–highly recommended!

Recycling lady taking a quick rest at the bus station

Recycling lady taking a quick rest at the bus station

Hand-pulled noodles in this noodle-land

Hand-pulled noodles in this noodle-land

Trees with fur

Trees with fur

Outside Elephant Hill mountain.  We decided it was not worth the cost to go inside this tourist trap

Outside Elephant Hill mountain. We decided it was not worth the cost to go inside this tourist trap

Sun and Moon towers in Guilin

Sun and Moon towers in Guilin

A little houseboat

A little houseboat

A larger houseboat

A larger houseboat

Climbing Old Man Hill in sweltering heat, overlooking the city

Climbing Old Man Hill in sweltering heat, overlooking the city

Impromptu concert in the park

Impromptu concert in the park

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2 responses »

  1. Looks like you all had a nice sight-seeing opportunity! What a wonderful experience the kids are having! Can’t believe how BIG they are getting! So happy to hear from you!!
    Think of you often!
    Love & hugs to all-
    Mary O

  2. HUGS to you All!!!!!! Thanks for sharing your adventures!! LOVE to you precious ones!! Dad/Grandpa and Mom/Grammy

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