I’ve been spending my waning hours in Guilin by tying up some loose ends before I head north to more remote parts. I stocked up on cash (thank you Bank of America for having a partnership with China Construction Bank that gets me fee-free ATM withdrawals!).
I also wandered around the riverfront area which aided in reminding me of one of the things I really despise about this place…the constant people asking if I’m interested in a massage (read: with a “happy ending”). Yes, there were touts in Yangshuo too, but those were all from potential guides and postcard hawkers. I’d gladly take postcards and guide over prospects for prostitution!
I did wander down to see another of Guilin’s star attractions…Elephant Hill; essentially a rock formation with an arch that resembles an elephant drinking out of the Li River. Of course, it required an entrance fee (40 RMB or roughly US$6). Not wanting to shell out the money for a closer look at the hill I could see decently well through the tall trees lining the river, I just wandered and took some photos from afar.
Now I’m off to the bus station for points north. More from there!