Guilin Journals

China: Guilin

A March 2001 trip to Guilin by kylebarber

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Quote: Discovering the city of Guilin inside the magical Guangxi countryside

China: Guilin

Overview

Guilin Photo, Guilin, China
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With such a short stay in Hong Kong I didn't have too many options for a side trip into mainland China. I had read about the amazing karst scenery in the Guangxi region and found a cheap flight to it's largest city, Guilin. Though it seemed underwhelming when I first arrived in the shroud of night, the city surpassed all my expectations the next morning as I watched the mist drift lazily around the ancient rock formations that surrounded Guilin in every direction. The town all serves as a great springboard for exploring the Guangxi communities to the south and for arranging a cruise down the Li River.Quick Tips: Best Way To Get Around: Taxis are cheap and plentiful throughout Gui...Read More

Bravo Holiday Inn

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Hotel

Bravo Holiday Inn Photo, Guilin, China
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The Bravo Hotel ended up being much nicer than the travel agent back in Hong Kong led me to believe. It’s a Holiday Inn, and a very nice one at that. Nearly everyone at the desk speaks decent English and they are all polite. This may not seem so revolutionary, but it goes against the grain from what I have experienced so far in mainland China. My room was quite nice, with a large bed (the first one I had seen in China!) and a fully equipped bathroom. The view was of the river running alongside the hotel. I almost didn''t want to leave the room as it was such a lovely change from the merely adequate rooming situation I had back in Hong Kong. I got in my swimsuit and headed for the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2001

Bravo Holiday Inn
73 Chatham Road
Guilin, China
(852) 2311-1100

Goodibeats Café

Restaurant

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I should have headed right up to bed, but my desire to go see Guilin coupled with not having had dinner pushed me to quiz the front desk girls if there was a particular place to try for dinner. After lots of Mandarin conversation and giggling one of them was volunteered by another to show me around. We took a taxi to the shopping plaza that was located in the center of town, and everything turned out to be closed. So we just roamed about, unable to make any conversation. We finally ended up at this strange karaoke restaurant called Goodibeats Café. I tried the coconut curry chicken with fried rice, which they served for some reason with Russian borsch soup. My companion finally relented and...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 6, 2001

Goodibeats Café
Shopping Mall in the center of town
Guilin, China

Walking Around Guilin

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Attraction

Walking Around Guilin Photo, Guilin, China
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When I woke up to my first morning in Guilin it was just as overcast as the night before, but now I could make out the hills surrounding the city. As the morning progressed the general haze transformed into a mist that shifted and broke open periodically to reveal the karst rock formations looming in every direction. I thought I’d take a look around the city before embarking on a boat trip to Yangshuo. It was damp but enjoyable in the morning, though the industrious city was churning out much more air pollution than Hong Kong. Much of the time I felt I needed an air filter for just walking down the sidewalk. No one here speaks English, which was kind of a surprise since this is a hot destina...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 6, 2001

Walking Around Guilin
Guilin
Guilin, China

Bravo Holiday Inn Spa

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Story/Tip

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When I went downstairs to work out in the gym, I was dismayed to find very little equipment and that the facilities were closing early. But the "health sauna" staff suggested I get a massage for 500 yen, and for a full ninety minutes that’s pretty cheap compared to American prices. It turns out the masseuse was actually very good, too. First they had me change and shower, trying to help with every step of the process, which was pretty akward and uncomfortable. They sent me to a sauna with a glass of water and cold hand towel. Then they pushed the "additional" services. "Back rub" was an extra 80 yen, which seemed to me to be the same thing as a massage. But then they said "boy masseuse" so...Read More