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Last Day in Guilin

I title this photo "Walkie Talkie":

Walkie Talkie

Here I am in a mock imperial exam booth, with brush, ink pad, and exam paper:

Traditional Chinese Imperial Exam Booth

China has a rich history of imperial examinations, where, theoretically, any adult male could become a government official through successful testing. Reality was probably a bit more complicated, but it remained the greatest hope for social mobility in a feudal society, and it's probably responsible for how much education is valued in China even today.

This is the famed "Elephant Trunk Hill" (象鼻山) in Guilin:

Elephant Trunk Hill in Guilin

But I actually thought "Pierced Mountain" (穿山) looked more like an elephant:

"Pierced Mountain"

Everything by Elephant Trunk Hill had an elephant theme. Even the bathroom signs!

Elephant-shaped sign

Finally, here I am by a statue of some dude called Wang Zheng Gong (王正功). Based on the brush in his hand, I'm going to assume he's a writer or poet. :)

Wang Zheng Gong Statue in Guilin

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LEAVE THIS FIELD BLANK. IT IS HERE TO TRAP ROBOTS.

LEAVE THIS FIELD BLANK. IT IS HERE TO TRAP ROBOTS.

LEAVE THIS FIELD BLANK. IT IS HERE TO TRAP ROBOTS.

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