After X'ian we hopped on a plane to Guilin. All of us had recovered from sickness but Simon. Poor guy really had the worst of it. We took the first day in Guilin to rest and recover. The second day we did a little venturing out and Simon finally regained his strength.
Sun and Moon Towers
This is outside one of the hills that we climbed for a view of Guilin.
Reed Flute Cave
From Guilin we headed to the small city of Yangshuo. I love these backpacker towns that we visit. This area is famous for the karst topgraphy, and looks like nothing else we have ever seen. The pictures don't really do it justice, but just help remind us of how beautiful the place is.
We climbed to the top of the hill with the kids on our shoulders. It was well worth the climb.
Auburn at the top of Moon Hill
The next day we took a bamboo raft ride down the Yulong river. We opted for the shorter ride for the sake of the kids, and it ended up being just the right amount of time. We went in the morning to avoid the large tourist boats, and we were rewarded with a peaceful ride.
We stopped about halfway through to take a break (really just for people to try and sell us stuff we don't need). Conley and Auburn quickly found rocks to through in the water, which has become a favorite past time of theirs. We rode on a boat that looks like this.
That afternoon, Simon hiked up another peak for a view of the river, while the rest of us took naps.
We spent one day going to the rice terraces in Longsheng. They are nicknamed the Dragon's backbone because the hills look like scales of a dragon.
We spent another day hiking. We hiked for about four hours that day. Luckily it was flat and the kids did a lot of walking. We followed the river and had a delightful day.
This is us eating and hanging out before we headed back to Guilin for the next part of our adventure.