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A spring visit to local villages in Lingchuan, Guilin: Part I

2012-02-24 | Life in Guilin | Comments(3) |   Views:(896)

The bothersome freezing winter in Guilin passed finally and here is now the season of spring rains. In spite of the unpleasant weather, the weekend trip of our team still went on schedule at Saturday last week. A 40 minutes drive by bus in the morning brought from the square of Guilin International Conference and Exhibition Center to the gate of Guilin University of Electronic Technology (GUET), from which our hiking to countryside of Lingchuan County normally started. Our scheduled hiking route is: Xi'an Village (西岸村) – Dong'an Village (东岸村) – upper Wuma Village (上午马村) – lower Wuma Village (下五马村) – Wumaling Ancient Path – Nanji Village – Xiong Village – back to Guilin by bus.

An ancient stone town by Li River, Guilin

2012-02-14 | Life in Guilin | Comments(0) |   Views:(851)

 
At the Yangmeiling (杨梅岭) of Putao (葡萄) Town of Yangshuo County there hides a small stone town with four stone gates, which need 3-4 hours to walk through all of them. Embraced by continuous mountains, this ancient stone town is apparently isolated from the bustling and hustling outside world. Thanks to that, it still looks like an unaffected Shangri-la where the local live a simple and autarkical life and remains a wonderful destination for hiking lovers.

Festive Spring Festival - how local Guilin people spend the festival

2012-02-01 | Life in Guilin | Comments(1) |   Views:(869)

After one month’s cold and rainy days in Guilin, the weather turns to fine with bright sunshine finally during the Chinese New Year. According to Chinese, it is a propitious omen for a smooth and prosperous new year. Traditionally, in Guilin on the first day of Chinese lunar year, people go out to the streets or in parks instead of staying at home; the way Guilin people put it, to walk for a wealth and good fortunes.

Painted Guilin in winter

2012-01-06 | Life in Guilin | Comments(2) |   Views:(912)

 
The winter in Guilin fells with rain finally in December. The sharply dropping temperature (4 Celsius degree) at the last week of the month colored some trees such as maples and maidenhair trees and is decorating the city with colorful leaves. Thank goodness, it cleared up again and a blue sky of spring contrasted vividly with the leaves, creating an extraordinarily beautiful scene. To catch the masterpieces of the nature, I went out to take some pictures of that specially.

An jolly day – my farmhouse stay in Dajing Township

2011-12-20 | Life in Guilin | Comments(0) |   Views:(793)

"A big family pork feast for the New Year" has been being the traditional customs in China  since the ancient time. In the past decade, it seemed that life of more and more Chinese was invaded by restaurants, but in recent years it is becoming the order of the day that companies and businessmen gather their stuff and partners to have an authentic pork meal at some suburb of their cities at the end of the year, creating a chance of non-working communication or of discussion about further development and cooperation in the coming year.

Hiking and wild camping experience in China

2011-08-15 | Life in Guilin | Comments(0) |   Views:(1495)

 
Looking for a weekend that differentiates itself by its activities and highlights, I spent the last hours of a previous weekend in Yangshuo looking for some new attractions on August 6th, actually the last weekend I spent in China.

VisitOurChina team outing in Guilin Maojia village lotus pond

2011-07-29 | Life in Guilin | Comments(1) |   Views:(1212)

Last weekend, VisitOurChina’s team gathered to spend an amazing day strolling about Guilin vicinity to the village of MaoJia Cun (毛家村) where lies a hidden lotus pond and a gorgeous preserved nature. Regarding this wonderful day we had there all together, we cannot help but sharing it with you because we are also your friends in China and that is so much fun!

Christmas in Guilin

2010-12-31 | Life in Guilin | Comments(0) |   Views:(2264)

It was that time of year when everyone gets together and celebrates Christmas; I was no different, this was the second time that I had celebrated Christmas in China and  this time round I headed to the Shangri-la with some American classmates on Christmas Eve, with Christmas Day fully booked out; the Shangri-la is the latest addition to Guilin's cultural landscape, a beautifully designed and constructed hotel, the interior was also remarkably designed with beautiful views over the Li River distant pagodas, this is defiantly the must stay place in Guilin now.