China: Cruising Down the River in My 64 – Part III (Guilin)

After days without seeing Mr. Big Blue Sky (thank you pollution) we were sure our river cruise down the Li River would be a change of pace. We falsely got our hopes up, but we still had an amazing time.

Our tour guide picked us up from our hotel in Guilin in the morning and we headed for our cruise. The cruise itself was long, beautiful, and blueless. Oh blue sky, how I missed it. I mean seriously, WTF with all the pollution?! I was about to hit a breaking point on the trip with all the grey sky hazy pollution crap. Anyways, so we’re on a boat,  riding down the river… and that’s about it. I’m kidding…not really. The mountains were a sight to see, but the grey sky really was bringing us down.

At the end of our long blueless sky cruise we stopped in Yangshuo Town, Ashley’s dad decided to hang out in the town and search for air conditioning, and the tour guide took Ashley and I on a private tour. We met some extremely friendly older couples that invited us into their home and fed us (highlight of the visit!), hopped on a bamboo boat and took a mini cruise down the river where we saw cormorant fishing and all sorts of river life, sweated so much it felt like we had taken a swim in the Li River, and visited the Reed Flute Cave. In all this leg of our trip was enjoyable, but like I said before, the grey sky was really starting to bring us down. Hong Kong was next and we had our fingers crossed for at least a grey/blue sky.

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