Time past by without waiting for us. I always tried to put down some words but at the end I stop……Good things happens, be it happy or sad, but Mumzie is always high in spirits.
Guilin was booked mid-July with offers from AirAsia. Not wanting to go alone, 4 seats will booked for Ngiap, Tikus and Monyet who will join when she comes back from NZ in Oct’08.
Guilin was really beautiful as described by all who had visited in the past and proved once again to that it was worth making the trip. If you don’t go there, you have no right to describe that place.
When we reached Guilin, our itinerary was first to go for lunch. We had steamed freash water fish (their famous local – very expensive and lots of bones), their taro steamed with pork slices, some other local restaurant dishes.
After such a nice meal, we are on a city tour then to Elephant Hill and Red Fleet Cave.
After a full day and we are all so tired, we checked in for a good nite rest.
On the 2nd day, we board on the cruise to Li River where we will see lots of mountainous scenes and also get to enjoy lunch on the cruiser.
If you get to Yangshou, and walk on the streets, you will think that you are Phuket? Bali? A street full of westerners. Even their cafes and pubs are occupied by them. I checked with my local tour guide and it seems they are never lack of visitors from their own country and neighbouring Japanese, koreans,Hongkies and taiwanese.
The hotel we stay in Yangshou is Hotel Paradesa, a really clean, quiet and good environmental to stay in.
We strolled around Yangshou streets, trying out their local fruits and food.
We enjoyed their local noodles which the cook show his skills on the spot (see picture) which was cooked with their beancurd mashed sauce. By the way, their beancurd sauce is very famous and very tasty.
In the evening, we will at Liu Sanjie where the famous Zhang Yi Mou directed the whole talented show. The attendance was packed with people.
They speaked good american english and show their tour skills like a tape recorder but if you cut in between ; well they dont understand what you actually ask- dont blame them cos’ they dont know the answer. You will have to ask a few times to get your answer or not at all.
(When I arrived back home, I tried to cook it – but I still cannot get that type of taste. )
We also visited Longji in Longsheng. We stop over to have lunch at Mao village.
On arrival at the mao village, we were served with rice tea. – funny taste but still ok.
The Mao village shows were fascinating esp with the long hair ladies combing and making into a headbum. Various status of the women had their hair tie differently. The married ones, childless ones and unmarried ones whether young or old. Unfortunately, we will unable to see the beautiful terraced rice fields due to misty weather and it also rainned. The restaurant where we had their local food (see pictures) will delicious. I tasted their rice wine – good and strong. I liked it.
As food in the city, you can have everything you want to eat. KFC & Mcdonald as well as a long nite market with stalls selling various items from food to display items.
Their taro steamed with pork slices are best I ever tasted. Taro is really soft and their meat is marinated well.
Anyway, I told myself that I will return to this beautiful landscapes soon but now other destinations comes first.