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Visit Huangyao Ancient Town from Yangshuo or Guilin

Sunday, July 28th, 2019
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Huangyao Ancient Town (黄姚古镇) is one of China’s Top 10 most beautiful ancient Towns. Most of the local residents in the town have the surnames of “Huang” and “Yao”, hence Huangyao Town.

It is located in the northeast of Zhaoping County (昭平县) of Hezhou City (贺州) in Guangxi Province, 190km and 129 km to the southeast of Guilin (桂林) and Yangshuo (阳朔) respectively, and 60km to the west of Hezhou (贺州).

The high speed railway line between Guangzhou and Guiyang stops at Hezhou, which makes Hezhou a jumping off point to get to Huangyao. You may take the high speed train to Hezhou from Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Guilin and Guiyang. At Hezhou, you switch to the local buses heading to Huangyao Ancient Town.

Alternatively you also can take the long-distance buses directly to Huangyao from  Guilin ( 3 hours ) and Yangshuo ( one an half hours ) and Guangzhou (over 7 hours ).

From Guilin, you take the bus from Guilin Passenger Bus General Station (桂林汽车总站). There are two daily buses from Guilin to Huangyao Ancient Town: 8:30am and and 1:30 pm. The return bus starts at 2:00pm from Huangyao Ancient Town. But the bus service is a bit erratic and you can also take the local bus from Huangyao to Hezhou where you either take the high speed train or bus back to Guilin.

From Yangshuo, there is only one daily bus which leaves from Yangshuo General Bus Station to Huangyao Ancient Town at 8:30am and returns from Huangyao Ancient Town at 2:00pm to Gaotian (高田) where you connect the local Van ( 3.5 yuan per person at the  time of my writing) back to the Yangshuo South Bus Station. Then you take the bus from the Bus Station to the downtown of Yangshuo at the bus fare  1 yuan.

If you are going to plan your Guilin tour or Yangshuo tour, a side trip to Huangyao is highly recommended. The 100 yuan entry fee is worthwhile for a China traditional culture and folklore day trip.

The idyllic charm permeates the 1000-year-old well preserved old town. The ancient town is surrounded by the picturesque karst hills and circled by the three rivers. The original old town dates back to 972 AD in Song Dynasty (960 -1279). It used to be an importtant trade hub at the confluence of the the three provinces’ borders of Guangdong, Guangxin and Hunan.

The eight well-preserved stone flagged streets are flanked by over 300 one- or two-story stone and brick houses of Lingna style. The whole town is laid out according to Nine Palaces and the Eight Diagrams (Ba Gua). The town is teemed with water, bridges, temples,  old Bayan trees and massive karst peaks,  a perfect blend of the people and nature. Old Banyan trees,  clean water, flagstones and couplets are the four wonders in the town.

It is a scenic drive from Guilin or Yangshuo to Huangyao Ancient Town.

Scenic Drive

Scenic Drive

The parking lot and entrance to Huangyao Ancient Town.

Huangyao Ancient Town Entrance

Huangyao Ancient Town Entrance

This is Longmen Banyan tree, named after its twisted limbs with a history of over 800 years.

Longmen Banyan tree

Longmen Banyan tree

The stone flagged street is flanked by the two-story brick houses of Lingnan style.

stone flagged street

stone flagged street

Dailong Bridge was built in the 4th year of the reign of Wanli Emperor in the Ming Dynasty and rebuit in the 23rd year of  the Qianlong Emperor in the Qing Dynasty (1758)

Dailong Bridge

Dailong Bridge

Walking in a maze of the old streets in Huangyao.

Walking in a maze of the town.

Walking in a maze of the town.

Pay 10 yuan for  a leisure bamboo rafting.

Pay 10 yuan for a leisure bamboo rafting.

Pay 10 yuan for a leisure bamboo rafting.

The rivers circle the houses in the town.

Water and Houses

Water and Houses

Xingning Temple was built in 1755.

Xingning Temple

Xingning Temple

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Impression Liu Sanjie Mega Performance in Yangshuo

Saturday, July 27th, 2019
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Boating on  Li River is a must on your Guilin tour and the cruise trip ends at Yangshuo, a leisure and picturesque town, about 70km to the southeast of Guilin city center.

Although the town’s commercialization has cheapened its allure with the hordes of the domestic tourists, it does have some intriguing places to keep you busy for a couple of days and it also serves a perfect jumping off point to further dive into some more peaceful and authentic places like Xingping and Yangdi, and further extend to the well-preserved Huangyao Ancient Town.

Biking through Shili Scenery Gallery, Boating on Yulong River and Watching the mega performance of “Impression Liu Sanjie in the evening are the three things worth doing on your short trip to Yangshuo.

Impression Liu Sanjie is a mega performance carried out on the Li River landscape theatre, directed by the famous filmmaker Zhangyimou, who also directed the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games. It is the first singing and dancing performance around the globe creatively staged in a natural theatre – with the backdrop of 12 peaks and the Li River.

Impression Liu Sanjie is based on the same name film produced in 1961 with Ms Liu Sanjie a household heroine who was a singing goddess in the legend of ethnic Zhuang minority group in Guangxi.  But in the revised “Impression Liu Sanjie”, you won’t see any plots,  characters and scenes, you only see a series of “impressions” which epitomize the landscapes and the ordinary life in the place where Ms Liu Sanjie was born and lived.

Zhang Yimou artistically blends the human performance with the natural landscapes culminating in a dazzling and magnificent mega performance. The performance is divided into 7 chapters – Preclude, Red Impression, Green Impression,  Golden Impression,  Blue Impression, Silvery Impression and Epilogue.

Chapter One: Preclude ( Legend of the Scenery )
Ms Liu Sanjie, a spirit of songs, was born among the rivers and montains.

Ms Liu Sanjie,

Ms Liu Sanjie

Chapter Two: Red Impression ( Folk Songs )
The producer combines the fishing nets with the folk songs to form Duige, a kind of singing and asking other side to sing back.

The red-colored fishing nets are waved on the river to forge a lively world.

Red Impression Liu Sanjie

Red Impression Liu Sanjie

Chapter Three: Green Impression ( Gardens )
The producer brings you back to the ordinary of the people in Li River, the beautiful land wherer Ms Liu Sanjie was born – Washing women, shepherd boys, cooking smoke,  fishing rafts and the sunset.

 Green Impression Liu Sanjie

Green Impression Liu Sanjie

Chapter Four: Golden Impression ( Fishing Lights )
All the actors and actress are the 200 fishing men and fishing women from the nearby 5 villages in Yangshuo. This chapter sheds the lights on the old working and living of the ordinary people.

You will see the classical scenes – fishing lights, bamboo rafts, straw rain capes and cormorants. Fishing lights are the soul of this picture.

Golden Impression

Golden Impression

 Chapter Five: Blue Impression ( Love Song)
This chapter depicts the love in the ordinary life by singing the love song to the effect that “It is the vine twining round the trees in the world.

How can a tree rely on a vine. Without the trees, the vine would be dry as dust!”.

Blue Impression

Blue Impression

Chapter Six: Silvery Impression ( Grand Ceremony)
This section depicts the legendary grand ceremony performed by the ethnic minority people in the place.

200 girls dressed in silver lights garments give you a magnificent impression praised as the “Wonders of Li River Culture”.

Silvery Impression

Silvery Impression

Chapter Seven: The Epilogue (Songs of Heaven and Earth)
Fishing lights are gone; bamboo rafts are gone and the fishing lights are turned off, but Ms Liu Sanjie’s songs still linger in people’s minds.

The Epilogue

The Epilogue

Entrance Tickets:

entrance tickets

Entrance tickets

Book your tickets through your hotel for discounts including transport to/from the landscape theatre ( 1.5km from the West Street in Yangshuo).

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Where to stay in Guilin

Friday, July 26th, 2019
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Plan your Guilin tour? A right choice of a hotel in Guilin is very essential for your short Guilin trip.

Where to stay in Guilin is mainly decided by your personal taste and budget. Having some basic knowledge of the neighbourhoods and districts in Guilin will be very much helpful for you to find a hotel to your satisfaction.

The city layout of Guilin is roughly divided into two parts – East Part and West Part by Li River running from north to south. The West Part (west of Li River) is the traditional city core dotted with hotels and restaurants of various sizes and budgets. The Guilin city administration is also located in the west part.

The East Part (east of Li River) is a newly developed commercial and economic area where both Guilin International Exhibition Center and Guilin International Conference Center are located.

The long and narrow area along the banks Li River passing through the city from north to south produces a picturesque belt where many of the nice hotels in Guilin are located.

The most used Guilin Railway Station and Guilin Long-distance Bus Station are situated in the south of Gulin City. The hotels in this area are comparatively cheap.

So in general, you may have four areas to choose for your stay in Guilin – East Commercial Area, Li River Belt Area, West Downtown Area and Railway Station Area.

A. East Commercial Area
The east commercial area is connected to the city core in the east by three bridges – Jiefang Bridge in the middle, Yushan Bridge in the north and Li River Bridge in the south.

Administratively the west commercial area is governed by Qixing District, one of the five urban districts in Guilin. This is Guilin’s new urban area with its gravity on the economic and commercial development zone in Guilin. Both Guilin International Exhibition Center and Guilin International Conference Center are located in this area.

Attractions in East Commercial Area:
Seven Star Park, Camel Hill and Tunnel Hill Park

Hotels in East Commercial Area:

Guilin Fortune Hotel
Shijiayuan Road, Qixing District, Guilin

Guilin International Hotel
1 Lijiang Road, Qixing District, Guilin

Golden Dragon Hotel
21, Lijiang Road, Qixing District, Guilin

Garden Holiday Hotel
46 Liuhe Road, Qixing District, Guilin

GuiLin JingXiang Hotel
13 Puxing Road, Qixing District, Guilin

Hanting Express (Qixing)
73 Qixing Road, Qinxing District, Guilin

Dongjiang Golf Resort Hotel
43 Putuo Road, Qixing District, Guilin

Guilin Plaza Hotel
Lijiang Road 20, Qixing Road, guilin

Jinjiang Inn (Guilin Qixing)
No.50 Qixing Road, Qixing District, Guilin

B. West Downtown Area (City Core)

This area is on the west of Li River winding through Guilin city from north to south. This is the traditional city core teemed with hotels, restaurants, shops and commercial streets.

The Gulin City Hall is also located in this area. Administratively the west downtown area is governed by three urban districts – Diecai District in the north, Xiufeng District in the middle and Xiangshan District in the south.

Attractions in the west downtown area: Taohua River, Fir Lake, Banyan Lake, Guihu Lake, Mulong Lake, Solitary Beauty Peak and Mingwang City.

Hotels in West Downtown Area:

Jing Guan Ming Lou Holiday Hotel
No.9 Ronghu South Road,Xiangshan District, Guilin

Lakeside Inn
No.1-1-2 Shan Lake Building, Shan Lake North Road, Guilin

Guilinyi Royal Palace
No.117 Huancheng West First Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin

City Convenience Inn
No.51 Zhongshan South Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin

Guilin Bravo Hotel (Grand Wing)
No.14 Ronghu South Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin

Guilin Bravo Hotel
No.14 Ronghu South Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin

Guilin Park Hotel
No.1 Luosishan Road,Diecai District, Guilin

Jintone Guilin Grand Hotel
No.1 Zhongshan North Road, Diecai District, Guilin

Hanting Express Guilin Xiangshan Park
No.2 Kechengli, Zhongshan South Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin

Ronghu Lake Hotel
No.16 North Ronghu Road, Xiufeng District, Guilin

Starway Hotel Xishan Guilin
8 Xishan Road, Xiufeng District, Guilin

Guilin Sapphire Hotel
9 Xicheng Road, Xiangshan District, guilin

Tianhu Hotel
610, Anxin Block, Xiangshan District, Guilin

Jingguanming Lou Holiday Hotel
9 Ronghunan, Xiangshan District, Guilin

Home Hotel
6, Zhongshan Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin

Jintone Hotel
1 Zhongshan Beilu, Diecai District, Guilin

Tailian Hotel
12 Zhongshan Road, Xiufeng District, Guilin

C. Li River Belt Area
Li River cuts the city of Guilin into two parts. The belt along the banks of Li River is a scenic area where many hotels and restaurants are located. Some famous scenic spots are scattered along the banks.

Attractions along the Liver Belt Area: Yu Hill Park, Diecai Park, Fubo Hill, Li River Ethnic Customs Park, Elephant Hill Park.

Hotels in Li River Belt Area:

Shangri-La Hotel Guilin
No.111 Huancheng North Second Road, Guilin

Sheraton Guilin Hotel
No.15 Binjiang Road, Xiufeng District, Guilin

Lijiang Waterfall Hotel
No.1 North Shanhu Road, Xiufeng District, Guilin

Starway Hotel Grand 0773 Guilin
31 Wenmin Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin

Eva Inn
66 Bingjiang Road, Xiufeng District, Guilin

Jindi Hotel
40 Wanshou Lane, Minzhu Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin

Guishan Huaxing Hotel
Chuanshan Road 42, Qixing District, Guilin

Guilin Homeland Riverview Hotel
17 Bingjiang Road, Xiufeng District, Guilin

Guilin China Travel Service Hotel
137 East Jiefang Road, Xiufeng District, Guilin

Guilin Osmanthus Hotel
77 Zhongshan South Road, Xiangshan Dsitrict, Guilin

Hotel Universal Guilin
1 East Jiefang Road, Xiufeng District, Guilin

Fubo Hotel
27 Bingjiang Raod, Xiufeng District, Guilin

Parliz Commercial Hotel
2 East Jiefang Road, Xiufeng District, Guilin

Mingcheng Hotel
4 Zhengyang Road, Xiufeng District, Guilin

Guilin Royal Garden Hotel
186-1, Linjiang Road, Qixing District, Guilin

Vienna Hotel Guilin
3 Zhongshan Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin

Guilin Sunshine Hotel
2 Zhengyang Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin

D. Guilin Railway Station Area

Guilin has two railway stations – North Station and South Station (also known as Guilin Railway Station).

Guilin South Railway Station is the main station which is accompanied by Guilin Long-distance Bus Station. This area is the major transport hub Coming in and going out. The hotels and inns in this area are comparatively cheaper, a haven for budget travelers.

Hotels in Guilin Railway Station Area:

Starway Hotel Jinwan Guilin
53 South Zhongshan, Xiangshan Dsitrict, Guilin

Guangxi Power Grid Co.,Guilin Training Center
2 Jiangjun Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin

Elan Inn (Guilin Zhongshan)
40 South Zhongshan, Xiangshan Dsitrict, Guilin

Dazheng Hot Spring Holiday Hotel
47 Chongxin Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin

City Convenience Inn (Guilin Railway Station)
51 Chongxin Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin

Guilin Minhang Hotel
18 Shanghai Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin

China Xinkaiyue Hotel
72 Chongxin Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin

Oriental Pearl Hotel
30 Shanghai Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin

Guilin Hongkong Hotel
141, 1 West Huancheng, Xiangshan District, Guilin

Home Inn (Guilin Railway Station)
No.64 Shangzhi Lane, South Zhongshan Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin

06611Tip:  Hassle-free Escorted Guilin Tour
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