第三天早晨，团体在伏波山合照 Group photo at Fubo Shan in the third day's morning.
I can feel the wintry chill standing underneath this cave. But someone out there is swimming in the icy cold water.
We paid for this cable car ride.
自费150元乘搭缆车上“尧山”A cable car ride costed us 150 yuan (RM75) each.
饱览桂林市方圆数十哩的群山The scenic mountains of Yao Shan.
往阳朔的高速公路群山围绕。Highway from Guilin city to Yangshuo is surrounded by mountain ranges.
到达世外桃园。Arrive at Shangri-La, Yangshuo.(4pm)
世外桃园入口处。Main entrance of Shangri-La.
A stunning panorama of peaks and lakes just like what you see in Chinese landscape paintings.
A fisherman with his helper osprey which dive into water to catch fish.
A natural view of sunset, river and mountains.
Maidens were seen washing cloths.
The river of life as washing clothes, washing vegetables, drinking water, all sourcing from the same river.
农村风光无限美。Village life at Shangri-la.
船靠岸了。End of the boat trip.
9-1-2009 (Friday) Sunny
(Fubo Shan, Yao Shan, Yangshuo, Lipu)
It looked bright but the temperature had dipped to 5 degrees Celsius. Our baggage were loaded into the coach's compartment as we will move on to the south, known as Lipu. There was a stopover at Fubo Shan. Both driver and guide pulled out long faces when others shopped at free will. With constant grumbling about running out of time, we left the place.
Guess what? They pulled over at a renowned herbal shop for us to pick up medicinal items. How long was this unnecessary stop? Exactly two full hours and the guide smiled, even grinning from left to right as tour friends bought bags of goodies. The episode did not end till we were taken for another ride to a tea shop for tea leaves purchase.
Due to mountainous topography, its weather is very diverse as its landscape as temperature soared to 24 degrees Celsius high. A cable car ride costed us 150 yuan (RM75) each as we were carried across to the scenic mountains but the fare was rather steep. Today's itinerary for both morning and afternoon could be given a miss as there was nothing spectacular.
We left at 4 p.m. for a visit to Shangri-La Yangshuo, "The Forgotten Homeland". On arrival in the early evening, we could feel the pulse rate beating as somehow this place has a real attraction. We sat in small boats and rowed about in the beautiful lakes.
Shangri-La is not vastly populated but rather rural as maidens were seen washing cloths and vegetables beside the running waters in the rivers. Children played at their homes?frontyards and fishermen angled for fish with ospreys. This capable bird is known for its fish catching prowess.
Sunset was glorious, very pampering for our souls. We watched as little streaks of light and colours slowly disappeared below the horizon. Only the boats broke the surface of the still water sending ripples all around. Many manmade sites were seen but nevertheless this lost horizon has been preserved quite intact. Shangri-La's reputation rests squarely on its matchless sceneries and I give my thumbs up on this "must see" place if you ever set foot into Guilin.
At dinner time, a few tour friends requested the guide to accompany them to visit the night market. She bluntly refused with an excuse that the place has been infested with pick pockets. How much is true, we won't know! But we had to lug our baggage up to our rooms as the hotel has no lift service.
Longji Terraces - the model site of champions amongst other terraced fields in the world.
Our coach nearly collided with an on-coming coach.
Twists and turns through tight roads.
Huangluo Yao Village - The First Village With Long Hairs in Guiness Record.
Walking across a hanging bridge.
Underneath the bridge lies a brook. A group of ducklings nestled around.
A rousing welcome with a cup of oily fragrant tea each.
Yao Minority cultural dances.
The demonstration of combing long lengths of hair.
The woman twist tourist's battock which means friendship and hope to see you again, a tradition custome Yao minority.
All tribal women here possess great lengths of raven black shiny hair.
To board mini buses.
Main entrance of "Longji Terraces Scenic Area".
Sedan chair porters can carry you in a sedan chair to descend the hill for a fee.
You must walk for 40 minutes to get a panoramic view Longji Terraces Scenic Area.
Feast on wild vegetables and a variety of unusual mushrooms.
The beautiful terraced fields.
8-1-2009 (Thursday) Cloudy
(Yao Minority Culture, Longji Terraces Scenic Area, The Dream Of Li River Show)
After an early breakfast, we left Guilin city by coach to the northern upcountry. But according to the guide, we have to fork out extra to see the prime attraction places. The last leg of the journey went through many twists and turns through tight roads. I held my breath as our coach nearly collided with an on-coming coach. Thank God, it was a miss and I heaved a sigh of relief.
We had to walk across a hanging bridge to reach the interior village known as Huangluo Yao Village - The First Village With Long Hairs in Guiness Record. Underneath the bridge lies a brook. A group of ducklings nestled around and many wooden houses sat alongside the bank of the brook. Dogs gave out long howls at the sight of strangers. Charming ladies in tribal attire gave us a rousing welcome with a cup of oily fragrant tea each. We sipped tea as they performed cultural dances. But nothing beats the demonstration of combing hair as the ladies had long lengths of hair. You really marvel at the rich jet black sheen. Looks like nobody in the village needs a hairdye. With deft and swift strokes, the hair were shaped into beautiful styles with everyone of them looking so elegant.
We travelled on and the road became extremely narrow for a big coach to pass through. So the best way was for us to board mini buses. But some midway, we had to trek on foot for 30 minutes up to a restaurant and what better way could there be than to feast on wild vegetables and a variety of unusual mushrooms. Our aching feet needed a rest before we could continue the last 10 minutes trek to see the beautiful terraced fields usually grown with paddy during the warmer season. This fertile land is the cradle for agriculture and listed by Guilin Tourism Board as the model site of champions amongst other terraced fields in the world.
Towards early evening, we browsed around but our guide was so persistent in sweet-talking us to pay for a top performance show. We feel she has become an irritant as at 150 yuan (RM75) each, the Dream Like Lijang Ballet Circus performance was nothing to shout about. It deemed poor, we got exploited, wasn't it? Call it our own funeral.