Guilin Good Times!
Trip Start Feb 25, 2012
42Trip End Aug 14, 2012
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Our hostel was a nice surprise it was quite clean and had a nice courtyard and in a superb location. We settled in the first night and took a bit of a rest from the tormenting travels we’d experienced the night before. We did step out for a bite to eat where my brother, using the advice I gave him, found an excellent restaurant. I told him before that if you ever see a restaurant slammed full of Chinese people that means that you too should try it out because usually it’s a sign of good cheap food
Later that night we hung out with the other fellow travelers in the bar and made our plans for the next day to visit the local park named Seven Star Park with Gregory, our new Belgian friend. Seven Star Park was praised highly by the receptionists but it was a bit of a disappointment. The park hadn’t been maintained well and as a result it wasn’t "picturesque" but it did contain a few peaks worth hiking for views of the city from above. Most of the fountains inside the park were overgrown with algae and the grasses and flowers were out of control. There was a pretty garden kept up nice for wedding photos and some neat caverns that we found but all in all not interesting. The best part about the park happened to be a silly game of dress up where Anna and I dressed as China girls and had fun posing with the locals for half an hour. Soon after, we all decided to leave for some shopping left for shopping……I needed sunglasses and Carlo was on the lookout for a hat.
Friday night was Feb 28, the last day of the Spring Festival, and also known as the Lantern Festival. On this night the hostel was throwing a Lantern Festival Party and prepared a BBQ with beer pong and such for everyone
Next we all set off fireworks which seemed like fun until I realized that giant roman candles and drunk foreigners don’t mix well. Not only did we run several times because of mis-aimed fireball explosions, the big box o’ flaming firework death balls exploded and flipped over mid-launch sending the rockets into our crowd and lots of people running for the doors. We constantly laughed on new years as people were shooting fireworks into buildings and such only to find ourselves participating in the INSANITY!!! Wow. To end the evening everyone tried out the local bar in Guilin for a quick peek and then came back to crash. So much fun! Most of all I enjoyed meeting the new friends of this hostel they were all really awesome including some Americans from Oregon. We crashed around 2:00 even though we knew we had to wake up for the Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces the following day! Yikes!!!!