« on: August 06, 2013, 12:37:07 PM »
Even if you take a boat from Guilin to Yangshou, Do the bamboo boat rafting in Yulong river. Bamboo boats are available in Li river too but not worth it in my opinion as too many motorized boats run through it but Yulong river has something special.. baby waterfalls kind of thing (many of them) and your bamboo boat falls in it.. it is fun and very safe. I was sitting on it with my 5DII and 24-105
Yangshou also has one night show and it is performed on Li river as a stage during night (they focus lights on nearby mountains making it really beautiful). show was directed by the same person who did it for Olympics in Beijing is what I heard. You may have to book this one in advance.
Don't forget to take a bicycle ride in countryside of Yangshou... if you are not in shape then book/hire a car if your budget permits.
I forgot the name of the hill but there is one hiking place (can be done in an hour) and view from there in the morning or evening is wonderful.
Guilin has one cave (reed flute or something like that)...small but worth going, it is really colorful and they have a lighting in there to make those colorful rocks look really nice.
There is also a place called longi rice fields.. we visited that during our return journey from Yanshou to Guilin.
Guilin is commercialized but you will meet great country people in Yangshou.
I am an expat living in HK and been to many places in China. Guilin/Yangshou was one of my favorite, I may visit that place again. I think I stayed in Li River Retreat and they were wonderful.