Many consider Guilin (桂林) to be the most beautiful place in China. I like to call it "that place where the mountains look like the mountains in Super Mario Brothers". Here's my panorama:
And a couple more pictures with boats in them:
Well, that second one is more of a raft.
So while we're on the top deck of our large 60-passenger boat, we see one of those bamboo rafts on a collision course toward us. "Look out!" one of my fellow tourists screams. "Be careful!" But it was all in the rafter's plans...
The raft was perfectly aimed to lightly tap our side as he looped some rope over a tire (see bottom left). We were boarded! Luckily, he wasn't a pirate. He just walked alongside and tapped on windows, hoping to sell some trinkets. In time, he unhooked his rope and quickly drifted off.
The next two times we were boarded, no one hollered any warnings.
Here's my obligatory photo proving I was there, and then an amusing one of a tourist showing another tourist how to pose:
A couple more silly photos: I'm mostly bored by Chinglish now, but I couldn't resist this one, which I call, "Poor Jiang!" And the second one shows one of the many antenna and cell photo towers that sadly ruin the landscape.
After the boat ride, we went to the Reed Flute Cave. It would've been a perfectly nice cave, except they had to go and light it with horribly gaudy primary colors! I did like this picture I shot of my uncle, though:
Also, the following sign amused me:
.. But Michael Jackson told me to! :P