Beijing Road, Guangdong (北京路, 广东) — The main shopping district in Guangdong. It is also a pedestrian mall. I actually quite like shopping for local brands in China. It’s mostly because it’s cheap and their quality is pretty good if not decent. What is cool about Beijing Road is that there’s one part of the street where they preserved the ancient roads all the way back from the Song Dynasty I think. Pretty awesome if you ask me.
There is this shop along Beijing Road which made me laugh:
They’re selling clothes in case you were wondering. Still, it’s quite clear where they got their inspiration from. Haha.
And finally, here’s my favourite part of going on a trip/holiday to China. I get to see and hence collect such images of signage which really off English translations. Hahaha. Enjoy!
This is exactly the reason why you should study hard in school.
Impression: Liu San Jie (印象:刘三姐)— This show is definitely the highlight of the whole journey. It’s by far the most spectacular show/performance that I’ve ever seen in my life.Comprising of about 600 actors on a stage that is a river and a backdrop of 12 mountains, the audience of 3,700 let out a collective “WAH!” when the lights first came on in the opening scene of the show and was subsequently awed into silence.
My photo doesn’t do the scene any justice at all. You can check out their official website for more photos of the place and the show but really, this show is a MUST SEE if you are ever anywhere near the place. In fact, if you can, you should make the effort to go there to watch the show. It is truly spectacular.
A word of advice: because the stage is the water of a real river, the performance is subjected to the weather and river tide conditions. If possible, you might want to schedule a couple of days for your stay there just in case the there is no performance that night due to bad weather/river conditions.
West Street, Yangshuo (西街, 阳朔) — This is a pedestrian mall and it’s quite happening at night. There are quite a few clubs along the street and lots of food and shops which open till late. When I left the area around 11.30pm or so, a good 30 – 40% of the shops were still open/just about the close.
Yinzi Cave (银子岩景区) — The karst formations within the cave are pretty amazing. It definitely looks more awesome as a result of coloured lighting. Nevertheless, it’s an amazing sight.
Star Lake, Zhaoqing (七星湖, 肇庆) — There is nothing really spectacular about this lake except that it’s the training ground for the canoeists who are preparing for the London 2012 Olympics or any competition whatsoever. You can skip this attraction if you want really. Nothing much to see there.
Archway Square (牌坊广场) — Also, this attraction isn’t really worth the time as well. It’s supposed to be one of China’s top 10 cultural square/piazza but I’m not sure I see how or why.
Yuexiu Park (越秀公园) — This park is massive but we only had time for one small part of the park. That is to see the statue of the 5 goats. The shame.
However, it’s very interesting to note that just outside the entrance of the park, I spotted a condom vending machine. Hahaha. I’m not sure why there’s a few condom vending machine along the streets; I thought that it was super random though.
100 year old Zhuang Village — This is pretty interesting. We went to the village of the Zhuang minority ethnic group and got to see their housing and lifestyle. It’s kinda like a house visit (though you know that it’s mostly staged).
As we left the village, we got stuck in a traffic jam along the mountain road as there was an accident. A truck carrying white cement flipped on the side and quite literally blocked more than half of the road:
The accident must have happened just before we got there as we were really near the front of the pack in the traffic jam. You can see that the vehicles were trying to squeeze through what’s left of the road. Our driver managed to squeeze our tour bus past the flipped truck and it was definitely a very harrowing experience. Also, just so you know, no one died. The 3 guys in the flipped over truck escaped with only minor injuries.
Lijiang Cruise along the 10 Famous Hills — We took a one hour cruise up and down a small portion of Lijiang to view the various Hills along the river which supposed resembles something interesting. 所谓想象，越想越象. Honestly, I didn’t really see the semblances in most of them because my imagination is quite bad. Haha.
Cable Car ride up Yaoshan — This cable car ride is quite intimidating when you look at it. You’re sitting on this filmsy looking ski lift chair up a 900 metres tall mountain. However, the view is pretty fantastic if you can get over your fear of heights. This is actually quite worth your while.
Rongshanhu City Park — It’s actually a huge lake in the middle of the city. It apparently takes about and hour or so to walk the whole perimeter of the lake. It’s a very peaceful and nice place to start off your day. You can see the locals doing their taiji and other morning exercises oblivious to the tourists thronging the place.
Cruise on the Yangshuo portion of Lijiang — This is the nice and dreamy scenery of Guilin that you see/hear about in paintings. The Guilin bit of Lijiang is just too built up like a city to be considered picturesque.