Luggage had to be outside our rooms at 10:00 p.m. the night before. The wake-up call jangled at 5:15 a.m. and we rushed to breakfast soon after 5: 30.
- Fried eggs (had to wait for hot steamer refill: were rubbery)
- Coffee, watermelon, cantaloupe, bananas
- Buns, strawberry jam
- Sausage (no knives for sausage or jam)
Breakfast is normally at 6:30 a.m. Who can eat even earlier in the morning? Still, I managed to stuff myself. The offerings weren’t bad (though of limited variety) considering the English eight and the French group (about 30 people) were the only early risers. We were to leave for the airport by 6:20 for an 8:00 a.m. flight. I guess the next breakfast crowd will have our leftovers.
I noticed how the landscape on our (English Eight only) bus trip to the airport changed: less mountainous or maybe just smaller mountains. The French Group was nowhere to be seen.
Lily, our guide, has an apartment in Guilin where she lives with her husband and nine-year-old daughter. They must be doing well enough because she mentioned she bought an apartment in town for her parents. Her husband works at the airport, she didn’t specify his job but confirmed he is not a pilot when someone asked.
- Nissan: most popular Japanese car in Guilin (light and good on gas)
- Costs less than $20,000 USD
- Insurance per year: $800.00 (imagine that, considering the number of daily accidents)
The flight was uneventful this time. Upon our arrival at Guangzhou, a new tour guide awaited by the name of Helen. We guessed her age as fifty-something. She later introduced our bus driver as Mr. Li, who he appeared to be in his mid-thirties or so. Mr. Li? After landing, the ladies needed the Happy House, but the first two washrooms were full. We continued towards baggage claim and found one which wasn’t busy.
Guangzhou Quick Facts
- Population: 20 million
- Area: 11,000 square kilometers
- Third biggest city in China next to Shanghai and Beijing
- They have no winter
- Only three seasons
- Spring all year round
- Also known as flower city/spring city
- Agricultural city and market: fresh fruits, vegetables, chickens etc.
- Restaurants crowded with local people, who prefer eating out to cooking
- Many restaurants
- Tea enjoyed three times a day
- Eat two meals a day
- 100-year old lunch restaurant is the best restaurant
- Lots of steps because the building here are old
- Busy shopping area
- Has the best wood for coffins
- Long ago locals had a poor life / lived and slept on the river in boats
- the main occupation is shipping
- Pearl River is the fifth-longest
Another full-sized bus for us. Of course, I agree, we must be special. Off we drove to Goat Park
The story goes: five goats from heaven brought five types of grain, presented it to the locals, and taught them how to grow them. Grateful, the people built the Five Goats Temple. Read more about it here.
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Next on November 10th: Guangzhou
© 2017 Tess @ How the Cookie Crumbles
FYI: This is a re-blog of the best parts of my trip in 2014
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