We’ve been on the road for over nine months and we’ve learned an important lesson. Every once in awhile, we need to take a break. That doesn’t mean going home. It means a pause in the busy-ness of traveling, time to relax, to do as little as possible, to just chill out. We needed a break after nine days in the fast-paced and very hot city of Shanghai. Guilin turned out to be the perfect place.
We breathed a sigh of relief after checking into the very small Guilin Lakeside Inn. (It has only 3 rooms.) Steps away we discovered the perfect place to relax.
The three linked lakes in Guilin used to be part of a moat surrounding the ancient city. The key attraction now is the Sun and Moon Pagodas, rising up from the lake.
We walked down stone paths that wound around the lakes with occasional narrow footpaths to rocky outcroppings for sitting. The landscaping was varied, sophisticated, and beautiful. We would walk a short distance and a new feature would appear to surprise us: a little island, a teahouse, bridges, light displays, an arch, and sculptural pieces.
We strolled slowly, taking time to appreciate the beautiful gardens and landscaping (as we snapped one photo after another).
By the time we left Guilin, we felt restored and ready to explore the Longji Rice Terraces.