Took a really long bus journey from Guangdong to Guangzhou and I'm really exhausted! Decided to spend the day here in Guangzhou to recharge before taking a flight out to Huangshan tomorrow. Read the rest of this post here.
Had breakfast in the hotel and by 9.30am, buses arrived to transfer us to yet another opening ceremony in Zhaoqing. There wasn’t much briefing done prior so we didn’t really have a clue about what’s going on at the ceremony but all of a sudden, I was called upon as the VIP representative for my home country, Singapore, together with the rest of the group from 16 other countries. Wow! Read the rest of this post here.
Spent the morning at my own leisure in Yangshuo, one of the places that I’ve seen quite a lot of during this trip as you would know if you have been on this journey with me through my blog posts. The group was due to gather at 11.30am for a big meal before we make our way to our next stop: Zhaoqing. Read the rest of this post here.
We made our way down the mountain today and the weather was still too foggy for us to admire the view :( well, we just had to move on. The bus brought us to the starting point of the Li River so that we could embark on the next leg of our hike, which was supposed to cover a distance of 26km to Yangshuo, but it seemed that we really had not much luck with the weather. Read the rest of this post here.
Day 17: Signed up for The 5th IVV Walking Guilin Zhaoqing Convention yesterday evening and although the itinerary stated that the trip would begin today (10 Nov), all that was on our schedule was a night briefing, so I took the free time to return to Guilin for more sightseeing. In the evening, I took a bus back to Yangshuo for the briefing and was told to meet up with the rest of my team-mates tomorrow morning at 6.45am.
The trip to Guilin would not be complete without a visit to Yangshuo (??), a county that has one of China's most famous scenic spots, the Li River or Li Jiang (??), on one side. So that's exactly what I did. A bus ride from Guilin later, I boarded a cruise boat that would take me down the Li River - an activity that has often been recommended as the top priority for visitors. Read the rest of this post here.
After spending four days immersed in the beauty of Zhangjiajie, I hopped on the overnight coach to the "forest of sweet Osmanthus" - Guilin (??) - last night and arrived this morning at 8am, just in time to take a whiff of the fresh morning air. Made a friend on the coach and since he is planning to spend a day or two in Guilin, we decided to explore the sights together. Two's always a company, right? Read the rest of this post here.
Being in a prefecture that boasts of housing China's first national forest park, I decided that I have no time to waste. Having spent the day before catching up on lost sleep and just recharging, I was determined to make the most of the remaining time in Zhangjiajie (???) checking out its scenic attractions, among which is the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Read the rest of this post here.
Every day is a new adventure! The plan for today is to backpack my way from Chongqing to Zhangjiajie, but navigation was almost impossible as I couldn't find any trails leading that way. I felt like I was on The Amazing Race, trying to figure out my next move, until the much-needed help came in the form of this tiny gadget that never ceases to amaze: the Apple iPhone. Read the rest of this post here.
Walking down the city streets of Chongqing proved to be more thought-provoking than I expected. Observing the lives of her people, it became clear to me just how great the divide is between the rich and the poor here. On one side you have the modern glitzy city centre, complete with shopping malls and spacious walkways; but just 200m away, a different sight awaits. Read the rest of this post here.