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On the Li River in Guilin

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:

Panorama on the Li River in Guilin

And a couple more pictures with boats in them:

On the Li River in Guilin

On the Li River in Guilin

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...

Boarded… by a salesman!

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:

Me on the Li River in Guilin  Tourist showing another tourist how to pose on the Li River in Guilin

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.

Poor Jiang!  Antenna on the Li River in Guilin

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:

Shooting a photo in the crazy lighting

Also, the following sign amused me:

But Michael Jackson told me to!

.. But Michael Jackson told me to! :P

Comments (4)

Yeah, but MJ also told Jiang to abandon paper peel.
Nice panda shirt.

What does the 'Don't Beat!' shirt say in Chinese??

Saheli: The exact same thing it says in English. :P They don't want you patting the stalagmites. :P

The crossed out glove really strengthens the Michael Jackson connection too.

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