Asia | China | Guangxi | Guilin – Guilin
Against all the odds, the guidebook turned up and we went happily on our way to Guilin, not quite believing our luck. For some reason, Guilin has been dubbed the ‘most beautiful place on earth’. The surrounding scenery of lush green limestone peaks is gorgeous, the town itself is an ugly place and we headed for the smaller town of Yangshuo, one hour south.
Yangshuo could be compared to Pucon in Chile. It’s a tourist trap set in beautiful surroundings. The town, although perhaps not ‘real’ China, is clean, tidy and well looked after and the american diners seem to co-exist well with the nightmarket whipping up Chinese specials. The raw ingredients are laid out on a table and you choose whatever you fancy, overcoming the aforementioned food ordering dilemma. Yangshuo has rekindled our faith in Chinese cuisine! Despite the sweltering heat and headcase car drivers we decided to hire some bikes to explore the beauty of the area. A couple of rolls of film later it was time for a cold cold shower! The heat here is intense and I have crimson arms to prove it! We opted for local food at lunchtime and though it was delicious we didn’t want to push it so headed to the Hard Rock cafe for pizza, burritos and cold beer. Heaven!