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Fascinating YangShuo, China

Guilin, river cruise, garden, nature, beauty, china

semi-overcast 25 °C


A trip to Guilin would not be made complete without a day or two in YangShuo, a smaller town which the famous Li River runs through. Yang Shuo has many gems one of them are the numerous beautiful Karst caves, parks, streets etc. Yang Shuo also has many minority people groups such as Zhuang, Tong, and etc. Majority of them are Zhuang tribe so you’ll find their Chinese language has their minority accent in it.


Silver cave is one of China’s AAAA grade tourist spot. It’s about a dozen miles away from YangShuo and is one of the most beautiful Karst caves in China. It presents dozens of stalactites, stone curtains, stone flowers, stone pillars that radiates under the colourful spotlights inside the cave. This fantastic place takes you about an hour to explore and you will definitely be amazed and dazzled by the many beauty of natural stones that has been formed inside.

Shangri-La of Yang Shuo is rated a AAAA grade China Tourist Spot which takes you through a river ride that passes through some local villages, swallow caves, minority custom gallery with the many hills as it’s background. You’ll be able to see some local dance performances, handy-crafts when you small boat ride passes along the river.


Yang Shuo and Guilin are famous for it’s “beer fish” as it’s main dishes. Since it’s mountainous, all the fishes caught are river fish. I had the privilege of going on a fishing tour to watch some of the more traditional ways of catching fishes by the locals. The local fishermen here “employ” a certain bird which in Chinese they call it “Fish Hawk”, it’s actually “Cormorant” which they tie a chocker around it’s neck and then send it off to do the fishing. When the Cormorant caught the fish with it’s mouth, it has been prevented to swallow the bigger fish by the chocker and the fisherman would then pick up the Cormorant and retrieve the fish from it’s throat. Smaller fished may be eaten by the Cormorant. It’s an interesting thing to watch indeed. While on the small boat, the local tour guide will also try to sing their famous traditional mountain songs and asked that you duet with them after letting you hear the tune and get familiarised with it. The “mountain songs” are made famous by a movie personality called “Liu San Jie” who was famous throughout the 70s-80s.


Impression Liu SanJie (a Zhang Yi Mou Production) is a large scale outdoor performance that took 5 years to complete. It’s the biggest natural stage in the world, built on the Li River that stretches for 2 kilometers long with 12 mountain peaks as it’s background and large lighting system. It also uses the echo of the maountains to gain a natural sound effects combining the story and songs of the classical Liu San Jie. The show incorporates more than 600 performers who are all local peasants by day and actors by night. The show lasts for 60 minutes and is truly a world class performance not to be missed!


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Shangrila, China

香格里拉, Zhongdian, Yunnan

sunny 15 °C

The name of the place sounds like "Garden of Eden", having gone through from an elevation of the valley within 12 hours in a sleeper night bus from KunMing to an altitude of 3200m gave me some bad altitude sickness. Basically, my head was pounding away with discomfort and I felt like vomiting. We were later advised by the locals to travel from KunMing to Lijiang before accending to Shangrila in my future trips.

We went during the height of summer in Shangrila, however the weather is sunny but cold. I would advise some shades for shielding your eyes from the strong UV rays of the sun and a lot of sun block to prevent your skin from being burnt. We stayed in Shangrila oldtown at the square area. The local hotels/bed & breakfast are very decent and clean. Amazingly, the place has developed for the past 3 years and the Shangrila Newtown includes modern shops.

The oldtown possess the characteristic of traditionally dressed chinese local minorities as well as tibetan people. The square at the oldtown has a nightly dance by the locals from 7pm-8pm. Anyone can join is as well. We went out to the Tibetan villages to enjoy some pure local cultures and was served with the local tibetan yak butter tea and "papa", an unleavened bread eaten generally as a meal by the Tibetans. Tibetans at the outskirts usually bathe twice a year. Once when they were born and once when they die. So, don't be surprise not finding any bathrooms if you are looking for a shower. Bring along wet wipes would do the trick of keeping yourself clean because the weather is dry and cold. A simple "Ja Si Di Le" would be enough to put smile on the local Tibetan faces when you greet them in their local language.


Typical Tibetan houses at the outskirts of ShangriLa


The livestocks that roam the villages


The Monastery


The Evening sky at the village over a Tibetan house



The friendly Tibetans

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