Saturday, October 19, 2013

China's Golden Week and our trip to Guilin, China

Sorry it's been a while. I had been writing and blogging but for some reason my computer kicked me out of the system and I could never transfer my blogs and therefore I lost them all. 
I'll try to give you a summary of everything that has happened. 
We went to Guilin, China for the Golden Week. October first is national holiday here and then the week following everyone is on vacation. 
Everyone travels, cities loose half their population as families and people travel near and far. 
Me and a few of my friends decided to tackle traveling during the Golden Week. We went to south China, Guilin, known for its beautiful scenery. 
It was an experience. Everything from traveling to the landscapes, to the never ending amount of people. But we had a blast and won't forget this time for a while. 
Breakfast at our first hostel, American Breakfast, our first since we came here

Honey farm on the side of the road


Shops are set up outside the Cave entrance

Reed Flute Caves

Reed Flute Caves

There were so many people at the Reed Flute Caves

After our trek up to the Caves, the scenery was beautiful here

This Old Place International Youth Hostel were we stayed our first day

Twin Tower Pagodas

Of course we had to stop at all the coffee places.
Coffee isn't consumed here a lot and most of the time cost a fortune. Most people in China drink tea, so when we can find a coffee place we always check it out. This cup of tea was delicious!

On the way to the Rice Terraces, the ride to the terraces took forever, and the hike to the top was long, but the views were amazing and they were so worth it. 

Halfway to the top of the Rice Terraces, these little villages are set in the middle of the Rice Terraces, their architecture and style complements the beautiful landscape.

Trippers Carpe Diem Hostel, our hostel in Yangshuo, China
Had a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains

Cycling the Yulong River, it was so much fun and we had a blast. We felt like the Chinese darting in and out of traffic, passing cars, bikes, and people.

Men launching the Bamboo Rafts

One can rent someone to paddle you down the river on these Bamboo Rafts.

View from the top of the Moon Hill

There were so many people in Yangshuo, we had to push and squirm through all these people just to get an inch forward. An interesting experience

Before heading back to Shanghai, loved our group and we had a great week

More photos will follow. Sorry for the delay and only getting this out now. I hope you enjoy the pictures.

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