Trip to Guilin, Longsheng, and Yangshuo!

It’s been a busy few days since my mother and aunt joined us in China! We left Shanghai for Guilin and immediately started up north to the town of Longsheng to see some of the Chinese countryside. I had imagined that China was really all city, because Shanghai goes on for as far as the eye can see (which is, admittedly, not very far with the haze there) and there are many other famously giant cities in China. However, the countryside is expansive, gorgeous, and completely unique. Limestone pillars and hills rise up all around the roads to Longsheng from Guilin, and on arrival we walked around through some amazing terraced hills. The locals farm rice, chili peppers, and tobacco on the terraces, and it’s very cool to see them all down the mountainsides. Unfortunately I can’t include photos just yet, but a few years ago they were the subject of a National Geographic magazine (so you know they’re good).
We spent a day around Longsheng walking through the terraces and villages in the area. Afterwards, we made our way back to Guilin city to spend a couple of days there. We visited an old town market and wharf on the Li River, and visited a famous cave that was thoroughly developed for tourism. It had lots of really cool and interesting formations, but in some areas the cave was completely scraped clean of stalactites and stalagmites to form massive smooth caverns for tour groups to congregate in. So it was cool and interesting, but didn’t feel very “authentic”.
After Guilin, we took a long boat ride down the Li River to Yangshuo. The ride down the river was beautiful and provided another opportunity to see the gorgeous countryside and limestone formations. The river is constantly winding through massive pillars or mountains, and they go on for as far as you can see in any direction. When we arrived in Yangshuo we rented bikes and biked over to one famous formation in particular, Moon Hill. It’s an incredible limestone archway on top of a rather steep hill, so the approach was tough but very worth it. I can’t wait to be able to post photos again, because the arch and views from the top were pretty unreal.


One thought on “Trip to Guilin, Longsheng, and Yangshuo!

  1. Grandma and PopPop says:

    Looking forward to the pictures.Your description really leaves me wanting to see them.
    Life on this side of the world is not nearly as interesting bur for PopPop and me,
    “dull” is good !!!!
    Enjoy your time with mom and aunt Nana.
    Love you,
    Grandma and PopPop


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