Guilin – Reed Flute Cave & a night stroll

Whilst writing this post I'm sitting in a small but clean and warm hotel room and feel a bit like a little princess haha. After I was always living with other people the past weeks (friends or couchsurfing hosts) it now feels a bit strange to be on my own. What made you choosing a hotel then you might ask. It's basically that due to the lack of internet in Chengdu I haven't had enough time to find a Couchsurfing host up here in Guilin. Hotels are not so expensive here, so I decided to get myself a hotel room. I'll be staying here for two nights and had to pay 102 RMB (10 GBP/13 EUR), which basically is nothing.

Lucky me the hotel is near-by the Reed Flute Cave, which I was visiting today. Upon my arrival I went to the entrance for foreigners, however, as it is off-season right know and I was the only foreigner they sent me to the Chinese entrance, where I had to join a Chinese tour. This was a bit disappointing, because the entrance was with 100 RMB quite expensive. The only good thing was that the people in the group were all shorter than me, so I had a good view in the cave. The Reed Flute Cave is 240 meters long and I think it took me 45 minutes to walk through. Every formation has a legendary or poetic name such as Crystal Palace, Dragon Pagoda, Virgin Forest, Flower or Fruit Mountain. I believe the guide explained the story behind the names to the group, but as I couldn't understand anything I had to use my imagination to get a rough idea of the story behind.

The glowing sign shows the name of the formation in Chinese and English

Entrance of the Reed Flute Cave in Guilin

I then went back to the hotel to get changed for the evening and took the bus to downtown. Yesterday, when on the way to the hotel from the airport I already noticed a little lake with two wonderful pagodas in it and busy streets around it with people passing by. So I checked with the hotel and they told me this place is known as 'Two Rivers and Four Lakes Scenic Spot'. It refers to the landscape located around the city, which includes Li River, Taohua (Peach Blossom) River, Mulong Lake, Guihu Lake, Ronghu Lake and Shanhu Lake. I asked her about the pagodas and she told me they are called 'Sun and the Moon Pagoda'. She said it's very lively around the area as all the locals go there to meet friends and have dinner there. Yay, perfect spot for me!

Sun and Moon Pagoda
Sun and Moon Pagodas
I passed a few food stalls and decided to have some dinner. I had lamb skewers and vegetables, which were really nice. I then passed a stall with something that looked like croquettes. They also sold pastries and candy, so I assumed those croquette things must be sweet and not savoury. As I fancied something sweet anyway I gave it a try and bought a package of six for 10 RMB (1 GBP/1,30 EUR). I'm happy I did. They were filled with banana and were soooo delicious.

After I had a lot of food I needed a little walk, so I went to have a little stroll along the lake. The paths were planted with a large number of precious flowers, such as banyan trees, gingkos, white pines, palm trees or magnolias. The lights along the path made everything look even more beautiful.

After watching the people passing by a bit and listen to some street musicians I decided to take the bus home. Tomorrow I'll be off to a bamboo boat tour on the Li River, so stay tuned for the next post!


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