Floating along the River Li.

And we're back on track with the report on the trip to China.

After having seen the Terracotta Army in Xi'an and tasted some of the culture of the Muslim minority group there, we moved on to the countryside. This time by plane to Guilin.

I have seen so many beautiful images of this region that I was very exited to be visiting it with my partner and two friends of ours. I just love the rocklike mountains and the fog that so often hovers between them.

Unfortunately, during our visit we hardly had a clear sky. The completely clouded sky reflected a lot of light, making it very difficult to get good images. Remember I'm an amateur photographer who hasn't spent enough time actually educating himself with photographic techniques and knowledge. I guess it's about time to start doing that...

On of the starting points for a rafting trip along the River Li.

On of the starting points for a rafting trip along the River Li.

 
Off the beaten track with a local farmer lady, cycling through the countryside.

Off the beaten track with a local farmer lady, cycling through the countryside.

 

On one of the days we met a local farmer lady who offered her service as a local guide for a cycling tour through the country side.

I am glad we decided to sponsor the local economy a bit, as the scenery was beautiful. It was exactly like I had hoped it would be after having seen so many (manipulated?) images of the region.

The 'destination' of the cycling trip was a 'very beautiful bridge'. Our guide couldn't stress enough how beautiful this bridge was.

Having no idea that we had arrived at the bridge, I was a bit surprised that the lady told us that we'd be heading back. I had taken some photos of the bridge, none of which I particularly liked, but I hadn't expected that this was the actual bridge that was so 'very, very beautiful'. Still I didn't mind going back as I reckoned that my energy for the day would be almost finished by the time we got back.

All in all it was a beautiful experience!

 

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