Guilin is a very scenic place nestled in all the surrounding hills where rivers are meandering through the plane; birds chirping on trees and the osmanthus flowers (gui hua) emitting the sweet fragrance.
Boat cruise at Li Jiang (Li River)
The tour guide for this trip, Alex, can speak English quite well other than Mandarin. Besides, he can tell jokes which make the journey quite lively.
The Guilin jokes: Alex knows a few Bahasa Malaysia phrases (while leading other Malays groups in Guilin), said the BM language has many 'ma' (mother) sound. This is how he remembers our language: for example, Terima Kasih (thank you) – sound like 'tai ni ma khan see' (bring your mother see movie). Nasi lemak (a popular breakfast) – sounds like 'lak shi ni ma' (spicy kill your mother). So combine the two, it is like bring your mother for movie then buy her nasi lemak that is spicy enough to kill her ... :-)
I have been drinking beer for 7 days, twice a day. I was a bit worried that if I stay there for another week, my well-maintained shape will start to go sideways.
Merryland Theme Park
This is the one of the countries for holidays where the Ringgit is stronger: everything in China is half price to us (about 2 Yuen = RM 1).
One thing that excites us is not the modernization – it is the toilets without doors. We can only see this type of toilets at the outskirts area, at the petrol stations. On the other extreme, there is one toilet in the performing theatre where there is a small LCD TV on the wall at eye level for every urinal bowl; so one would not miss any scene of the performance while peeing. For the ladies that did not go to the toilet, they enquire whether the LCD TV is mounted on the floor.
In my opinion, going in March or April could be a better choice – spring time. Another good time to go is in Sept or October (autumn). Currently, it is still at late winter (21-28 February) where the misty effect could not see much scenery.