This was a rugged adventure in the culture and geography of the region. I can best describe as one of the world's 'National Geographic' type locations. One of the highlights of my 4 trips to China.
Getting to the area was harder than described in other reviews and articles. We took public bus from downtown Guilin and transferred to local bus. A rough 4 hours trip, part of it noisy, harrowing on hilly roads, hot and cramped at times. We had much easier time on a private bus that took us directly from the village to Guilin. A new and tasty experience was the 'bus lunch' that was included on the way back.
By bus lunch, I mean the bus came to a stop and everyone got out, lined up at a food truck, and received a large bowl of noodles , vegetables, and meat, egg, stir fry. Eat and back on the bus. Quick, good and cheap. Maybe $1.50 US.
I convinced my wife to employ one of the porters, who carried her bag about 2 hours up the hill. My estimation is that the higher you go the better the guesthouse accommodations. It was a warm night and we did not sleep very well, but we felt good after a beer and fresh and filling dinner.
By staying overnight, we could see and photograph the village and hills in afternoon and morning light. I recommend staying the night.
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