Guilin ~ Day 1 ~ 10 Aug 2009

I am BACK.. Yes.. I jetted off to Guilin 1 week ago. Guilin ~ what else can I say? It is so beautiful and the natural structures of the hills and valleys is so amazing. Variety of shapes of the mountains speak when you look at them… when you stare at the mountain you will see the shape of elephant, Buddha, camel, etc. …Well, you will know until you visit Guilin.

Situated in the northeast of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on the west bank of the Li River

Anyway, let’s go back to 9 Aug. You guys must feel so weird that my flight to Guilin is actually 10 Aug early morning but WHY my journey started on 9 Aug? hehe.. we overnight @ LCCT the night before departure.

WHY? 疑惑 Because the flight is too early, I scared I won’t be able to wake up.. THEN, taxi will be double charge during mid night.. Thus, we took the last bus @ 10pm from KL Sentral & reached LCCT around 11pm. In fact, we should take aerobus which ended @ 01:45am. (I only know this after I back from the trip 🙁 ) . Actually my initial plan (4 months ago) was stay in Tune Hotel for the night. The hotel rate is around RM60++ BUT, the time I wanted to book for the room (around 1 month ago I guess), the rate increase till RM120++.. woo.. the price is double.. Err… after second thought, we decided to just stay overnight @ LCCT. Save Cost.. haha.. Wah~ it’s really out of my expectation, many people overnight @ LCCT too..

We found a nice place in MC-D for us to rest for the night. I slept well for the night whereby CH stay awake for the whole night.. haha… I woke up around 4:30am & proceed to the flight check in. Well, never forget a cup of vitamin C first before departure.

Vitamin C to start the day

We went for breakfast @ the food court before we fly off. Actually we wanted to have our breakfast @ Oldtown BUT it’s full house.

AK102 Boarding Pass

Boarding AirAsia flight scheduled at 0640 hour.. As usual, I was in sleeping mode through out the journey.. haha..

The flight landed @ Guilin around 1040hour. After going through the Customs check and A(H1N1) declaration. We met up with the Tour Guard ~ Mr Lu.. Huh?!? Mr Lu? I was told that our tour guard should be Mr Chai. We were a bit worry that time as we were only 2 person in a group. He fetch us using a Blue color Honda Fit (Honda Jazz on our local shores). We were expect a van. :s . Haih.. no worry.. go ahead…

Guilin Liangjiang International Airport

The journey to Guilin city takes about 1 hour. Mr Lu brought us for lunch @ Golden Melody Hotel (金嗓子大酒店) which located @ the Guilin Road, on the 6th Qixia (桂林市 栖霞路6号). haha.. expected.. it’s Chinese meal.. 2 vege, 1 meat & soup. Frankly speaking, I don’t really enjoy the meal.. haha..

Our Lunch for Day 1

Then, we headed to our next activity ~ Lake Cruise of Lijiang River (This activity should be on the second day in our initial itinerary). The cruise include view of Elephant Trunk Hill (象鼻山), Fu Bo Hill (伏波山), 叠彩山 & etc. The strangely shaped hills, or karsts along the Li River. Imaginative name were given to some of the peak.

Mr Lu told us the peak is actually take about 70% of your imagination to see what it is like. Li River is actually divided into 3 sections from Guilin to YangShuo. First section is Guilin-Ox Gorge, Second section is Ox Gorge-Water-Dropping Village & the third section is Water-Dropping Village-Yangshuo.

Main attraction along the Li River ~ Elephant Trunk Hill (象鼻山), Fu Bo Hill (伏波山) & Diecai Hill (叠彩山). This cruise actually cost RMB50.

Elephant Trunk Hill

Fu Bo Hill

叠彩山

We were seated on the ChunJiang21 (春江21)Cruise Boat around 1:30pm & the cruise ended about 1 hour. We

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were offered for some Li River famous snacks. Of course, you have to pay for it..

漓江风味小吃

As this is only a sightseeing cruise for 1 hour, thus, it only cover a few peak along Li River. I strongly recommend a complete Li River cruise from Guilin to YangShuo. There are more gorgeous Karst peaks give you surprises at each bend of the limpid river.

Later, we went to the Di Bao Silk. One of the activities that is a must when you follow a tour. Anyway, Silk is not to my liking.

Then, we headed to another shopping point ~ Dr. Tea (茶博士家)。 Again,they keep on promoting their famous tea ~ 普尔茶,桂花贡茶 (东方美仁) (Osmanthus Tea) ,绿牡丹 (Green peony)

We bought Green peony @ the price of RMB280 & got a free Osmanthus Tea which cost RMB180.

绿牡丹+东方美仁

We had dinner @ the same place again (金嗓子大酒店) after the Dr. Tea visit. Again, I felt no appetite when see the dish.. haha..

Dinner for Day 1

We got back to hotel (Licheng Holiday Hotel) around 7pm. Our room was 8601.

We rested for about half an hour before our next activity @ 7:30pm ~ Dreamlike Lijiang (梦幻漓江秀). Dreamlike Lijiang is a nightly theatrical spectacle that celebrates the rich natural and cultural heritage of Guilin. Overall, the production is a blend of acrobatics, ballet, and contortionist displays set to music. Some acts tell a story. A great show that you MUST SEE when visit Guilin. The show started @ 8:00pm and ended @ 9:10pm.