Limestone Peaks..and Mike

Guilin Travel Blog

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We spent a day and a half on the train to Guilin...and not surprisingly got a little drunk with some chinese locals who wandered into our berth in the early evening supplied with rice wine (gross!) and snacks. We played thier drinking games and had some laughs, and the rice wine helped us all sleep well that night! Relaxing for the rest of the trip we rocked up quite late the next day and as usual were met by hotel reps haggling us to stay at thier hotels. Tonight, Mike would get his way. After taking us to a few rooms (with damp ceilings that looked like they were about to cave any minute!) we managed to find a room that was safe. Top floor with 5 beds and a bathroom...stoked!! Mike hadnt yet finished his sales pitch yet- talking us into doing a boat trip down the river to Yangshuo. It was late and we werent interested at that stage, so no thanks!! We set out the next day, picking up another person- chinese johnny- who wanted to practise his english. Genuinally! So he took us round town, showed us the sights, and the cheapest but best places to eat. Always good! We wanted to thank him for his time so offered to shout him dinner. He and his mates took us to the local uni for some pingpong, which ended up being volleyball- so much fun as we were playing 5-6 year olds! They then took us to the main square where there is a waterfall show in the evenings...from the top of a hotel roof. Strange, but fun! The square was packed and we met up with more of chinese johnnys mates...a dude from our home town of manly and a pommie both doing teaching jobs in Guilin. We stuck around for the show and a beer then headed out for eats. Chinese Johnny took us to a hotpot restaurant- basically a big dish of meat/fish/poultry with vegies and you help yourself. Was an absolute bargain and a great way to socialise! The next day we ended up caving in to Mike and doing the boat trip- it sounded wonderful and was a bargain. It wasnt until we got on the boat that we realised Mike was coming...argh!!!



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