Bus back to Guilin
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After a good sleep, we decided to have breakfast again at the 7th heaven Restaurant down West street. After breakfast, we decided we would check out of the hotel before noon and head back to Guilin. We goofed around, looking at hostels and hotels in the area and then picked up our luggage and walked to the bus station, it was about 10 minutes from the hotel. We didn’t’ know what to expect, and were pleased at how simple it was. We just got onto the first bus we saw (after saying Guilin in a questioning tone to the driver), as soon as the bus was full it pulled out headed for Guilin. A lady walked up the isle collecting the fee and that was that.
We arrived in downtown Guilin about 45 minutes later and took a taxi to the youth hostel that was just next door to the Sheraton hotel.
After settling in we tried to find the right bus to take us to the Reed Flute Cave, but gave up and took a taxi (14 RMB). We used our 5 places pass to get in without any problem. It was a big cave with lots of lights and walkways. Deep inside there was a huge chamber where they had a light show with music and even some Lawrence Welch bubbles. We heard another guide singing in the cave, but this time it was at the “stage curtain” flow stone. There were many tourists visiting. We ran into an American man that looked at Wilson and said “We’ve been there”. He was referring to Wilson’s Patagonia/Torres Del Paine T- shirt.
That night after dinner we went on the 4 Lakes boat ride tour (175RMB). We had a hard time finding the Pier, it was a good thing that we had plenty of time. We eventually found it over by the Elephant Hill and managed to get aboard before the 8:50 pm departure. It was pleasant at night to go around the downtown in a boat and enjoy the lights and river activity. The pagoda, tea house, glass house and numerous bridges were impressive. We particularly got a kick out of seeing a string orchestra rehearsing under a bridge! Because the lakes had different water levels, the boat had to go through a locks to get from one lake to the next. As the boat waited it’s turn for the last lock the driver killed the engine. He was never able to get it to start again and we had to wait for a replacement boat to come. I got the feeling that this was not unusual. They gave everyone a free DVD as compensation.
We eventually got back to the hotel at 11:00 PM and went straight to bed.