eBay, Guilin, Uncategorized GUILIN – SAILING DOWN THE RIVER 30 November 2009

We spent the morning experiencing the beautiful Yu Long River (???), a long river along low-lying terrain where farmers plant rice, pomelos, and tangerines. It was a deliciously cool there and the sun was out, but it was really misty so it cast this hazy effect over everything – very magical. We went on a bamboo raft over the river, powered along by a man standing on the end with a bamboo stick. It was totally surreal – the scenery was beautiful and the river absolutely calm.

One problem? The beautiful, serene, moment completely destroyed by hustlers. These middle-aged ladies were trying to sell little bags and keychains. Which is fine and all, but they were REALLY aggressive. Their tactic was basically to find 1 person each to latch on to, and they followed them persistently, REFUSING to give up or go away, until they were given money. It was actually kinda horrific. On the one hand, you want to give the money to help them out, and on the other, you wanna scream at them in horror for harassing the absolute crap out of you. I don’t know why the local government doesn’t step in and stop it, or at least teach them that no one would ever buy a thing if they behave like that.

There was one lady though, that stepped onto our boat with her little boy. I started talking to her and she tried to sell me her stuff, but I said “no thanks” and that was it. She didn’t persist, or swear, or harass me. So I felt she was really nice and ended up buying her keychains. I figure it’s best to reward good behaviour rather than bad/rude behaviour, right? Plus, her kid was adorable 😛 The others pointed out that in China, it’s common to ‘rent a kid’ specifically to target soft-hearted people. I know that, but how do I know for sure he really wasn’t her kid (honestly seemed like he was)? Plus, she was nice and he was cute, so there 😉

Other than that, it was a pretty perfect experience.. and very cool to experience something like that in China 🙂


Going across the bridge on the way to the Yu Long River

Gorgeous views of the hills all round Guilin

A random pony

Lovely views

The floating bamboo rafts

The gorgeous river

Sitting on the bamboo raft

Super-clear water

Ducks!

The lady and her cute kid!

There are these floating stalls selling small bbq fish and cold beer

The kid eating the bbq fish – too cute!

Dogs hanging around, we couldn’t figure out if they were wild or pets

A massive house

Enjoying our ride

The Hong Kong guys


32 Comments

  • tiffanyx posted on November 30, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    “A massive house” is the same as “The floating bamboo rafts”~~

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    • beverly posted on November 30, 2009 at 12:39 pm

      Oh sharp, fixed it, thanks!

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  • angelnotes posted on November 30, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    The pony is soo pretty! 🙂

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    • beverly posted on December 1, 2009 at 4:14 am

      It was a cutey, they wanted us to pay to take pics with it though!

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  • nav posted on November 30, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    All those pictures were so so beautiful!

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    • beverly posted on December 1, 2009 at 4:15 am

      Shame it was so misty, if not, the photos would have had a brilliant blue sky!

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  • tiffanyx posted on November 30, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    “A massive house” is the same as “The floating bamboo rafts”~~

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 30, 2009 at 12:39 pm

      Oh sharp, fixed it, thanks!

      Reply
  • angelnotes posted on November 30, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    The pony is soo pretty! 🙂

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    • beverly posted on December 1, 2009 at 4:14 am

      It was a cutey, they wanted us to pay to take pics with it though!

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  • joni_to0622 posted on November 30, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    those mountains in the background look amazing!

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    • beverly posted on December 1, 2009 at 4:39 am

      I thought they were so cute.. kinda like mega boulders or something, a bit of a weird formation1 But very cool to see 🙂

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  • thefragrantelf posted on December 1, 2009 at 1:15 am

    Stunning scenery! Such a shame about the hustlers, but I would have bought one from the nicer lady too.

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    • beverly posted on December 1, 2009 at 4:39 am

      Yeah I was glad I did… positive reinforcement is always good!

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  • starbucksweetie posted on December 1, 2009 at 1:51 am

    Gorgeous views.

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    • beverly posted on December 1, 2009 at 4:40 am

      It was so nice to see ‘cos our impression of China is generally a dirty, crowded place. Guilin is the total opposite!

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  • nav posted on November 30, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    All those pictures were so so beautiful!

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    • beverly posted on December 1, 2009 at 4:15 am

      Shame it was so misty, if not, the photos would have had a brilliant blue sky!

      Reply
  • mdxu posted on December 1, 2009 at 2:12 am

    Are you guys going to Yangshuo? It’s about 1hr drive from Guilin and has now surpassed Guilin in terms of fame and beauty. Yangshuo is where the picture on the back of the 20yuan note comes from. It’s definitely worth a visit if you guys have time.

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    • beverly posted on December 1, 2009 at 4:40 am

      Yeppers, that’s where we were!

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  • cenedrah posted on December 1, 2009 at 3:16 am

    Did you go on a boat/cruise around the Guilin rivers? I heard that’s the best way to appreciate the beauty of the place and you see so much more as well.

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    • beverly posted on December 1, 2009 at 4:41 am

      We just did that river boat thing above, it was awesome!

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  • joni_to0622 posted on November 30, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    those mountains in the background look amazing!

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    • beverly posted on December 1, 2009 at 4:39 am

      I thought they were so cute.. kinda like mega boulders or something, a bit of a weird formation1 But very cool to see 🙂

      Reply
  • thefragrantelf posted on December 1, 2009 at 1:15 am

    Stunning scenery! Such a shame about the hustlers, but I would have bought one from the nicer lady too.

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    • beverly posted on December 1, 2009 at 4:39 am

      Yeah I was glad I did… positive reinforcement is always good!

      Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on December 1, 2009 at 1:51 am

    Gorgeous views.

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    • beverly posted on December 1, 2009 at 4:40 am

      It was so nice to see ‘cos our impression of China is generally a dirty, crowded place. Guilin is the total opposite!

      Reply
  • mdxu posted on December 1, 2009 at 2:12 am

    Are you guys going to Yangshuo? It’s about 1hr drive from Guilin and has now surpassed Guilin in terms of fame and beauty. Yangshuo is where the picture on the back of the 20yuan note comes from. It’s definitely worth a visit if you guys have time.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on December 1, 2009 at 4:40 am

      Yeppers, that’s where we were!

      Reply
  • cenedrah posted on December 1, 2009 at 3:16 am

    Did you go on a boat/cruise around the Guilin rivers? I heard that’s the best way to appreciate the beauty of the place and you see so much more as well.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on December 1, 2009 at 4:41 am

      We just did that river boat thing above, it was awesome!

      Reply

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