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Caves and a heavy climb

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In the early morning we left to the Reed Flute Cave. It was just a little drive from Guilin, and we saw more of the magnificent view on the way there. It's quite weird to finally be out of the 'big' city, we were now in a city with about 670.000 people.

Inside reed flute cave there are magnificent formations of stalactites and stalagmites in a bunch of different shapes. Some have really clear form like the snowman and the Christmas tree, other formations need a bit lot more imagination...the people see all kinds of fruit, faces, and animals in them. It was still really pretty though, even with all the neonlights inside. There is one big sort of hall inside, where there is a lasershow as well. We unfortunately had to go on a fast pace because some high officials were there to see the cave as well, and everyone had to get out.


Outside we enjoyed the beautiful view of the mountains and all the green trees. Something you missed after being in big cities for so long. From there on we drove to Fubo Hill and the Returned Pearl Cave. Legend suggests that a peasant picked a great glittering pearl from the cave and angered the Dragon King. The peasant's neighbors advised him to return the pearl at once, and so he did. Thus, the Dragon King stopped his rage, and humans' lives became peaceful once more. There is also a story that a fisherman stole the pearl from the dragon that lived in the cave, but he was so overcome with shame he returned the pearl. To memorize the event, people entitled the cave 'Pearl-Returning Cave'.

Fubo Hill is a hill close to the Returned Pearl Cave. It is 230 steps. And of course we went up there. It was a long, tiring climb but we made it ^^. It was beautiful, you could see over Guilin, with the Karst mountains in the background. I was glad the way down was easier then the way up...

Last but not least we visited a tea plantation and got a tea ceremony as well. It was nice to see how they harvest tealeaves, the differences between the leaves and teas, how they dry the leaves and eventually make tea out of it. The tea was nice as well, especially the ginseng oolong tea.
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The snowman
The snowman
Skyline of Manhattan
Skyline of Manhattan
A map of reed flute cave
A map of reed flute cave
General Fubo
General Fubo
A doll
A doll
Carved out Buddhas
Carved out Buddhas
The stairs...230 total
The stairs...230 total
View from Fubo Hill
View from Fubo Hill
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photo by: davidfeng