A highlight of our trip to China in April and May was a side trip to Guilin.
The claim to fame of the area is the karst hills, which peek-a-boo at you from every direction.
Naturally on arriving we headed out to check out the area. We were staying across the street from the parks that surround the lakes in an older area. As it was a holiday there were lots of folks about doing the same, some in Han dynasty dress.
Continue reading A few rainy days in Guilin China-Day 1
I continue to try and work with photos taken on my recent trip to China. Here are a few more from our Li River Cruise Trip.
For Son of a Beach’s Which Way Challenge
The upside of the grey, rainy season is that it brings with it lush vegetation. Rain was the dominant weather for us on our recent trip to Guilin in China.
Continue reading Rainy season on the Li River
Up to the highest height.
These photos are all from the International Kite Festival in Weifang, Shandong Province, China in different years. Sadly we will miss it this year.
Ragtag Daily Prompt: Kite
One thing that fascinated me when I researched about the Great Wall of China is that it was used more for communication than for separation. In the days before cell phones, messages could be sent quickly over long distances along the wall using smoke, flares and flags.
These are photos from the reconstructed area called Mutianyu. It is less crowded than Badaling, which is more easily accessed from Beijing. As I mentioned we had a private driver to our hotel as part of Wild Great Wall’s self-guided tour so we did not have to figure out how to get back to the city.
Comparing from the photos I posted last week, Which Way. You can see that the reconstruction and maintenance are a monumental endeavor. The wall is along the crest of the hills and the area is not accessed by roads, the materials are heavy and there is a lot of territory to cover.
Traveling this section there are a lot of stairs, steep and uneven in many places.
For Son of a Beach’s Which Way Photo Challenge
These are from a walk we took on the Great Wall of China last spring, from Jiankou to Mutianyu. These are all from the unimproved section (Mutianyu is one of the large sections that has been improved.)
The walk was about five miles and the package we used had a driver who drove us to Jiankou, then walked with us to the first tower on the wall (that is a steep-ish, but short hike), after taking our picture he returned to the car and drove around to Mutianyu to meet us. Once on the wall you can follow it and the instructions provided easily. I can recommend the outfit we used: “Wild Great Wall”, I’ve used them three times for different activity levels. We all felt that is was beneficial to see both the unreconstructed and the reconstructed wall. If I stay on task this week (not real good odds) I will post pictures from the reconstructed section of the wall next week.
For Son of a Beach’s Which Way Photo Challenge.
Peony garden at Shihu Yuan.
Keyhole gates at Shihu Yuan.
Avenue to a temple decorated for Qing Ming Festival.
Walkway at Yangjiabu Folk Village.
A few pictures of ways in Weifang, Shandong Province, China, for Son of a Beach’s Which Way Photo Challenge.
One really fun thing to notice when traveling is how people get around. I live in an area where it seems like all the cars look pretty much the same. Here is a gallery of some of the variety I saw while visiting my son recently in a small-ish Chinese city. Click on an image to see it larger.
I really admire how many options people have beyond taking the bus and owning a full size car.
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Things People Drive