Day 66 to 68 Picturesque Guilin

20160902_132949We arrived Guilin by plane from Xi’an. From the air we could see that the region was full of lush and green nature, small hat-shaped mountain hills, beautiful curvy rivers, and farmland. Guilin city has more or less the same size as Oslo in Norway regarding inhabitants but when we count the greater outskirts of it, it numbers nearly 5 million people. They farm lots of local fruits, spices and rice. Still the main industry is the production of medicine, textiles, electronics, food (including fish) products and rubber. Our second night in Guilin we had the pleasure of tasting freshly squeezed bamboo juice and it was surprisingly sweet and quite good. We also ate local dishes which included tiny shrimp in their shells. Guilin is famous for its grand nature, Li River, beautiful caves and rice terraces.

Guilin city center

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Luna Noor om Zambia

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Da vi kom til Zambia måtte vi reise med bil for å komme til Lusaka, byen vi skulle bo i. Vi bodde på et hotell som heter Raddison Blu. TV-en var slått på når vi kom inn døra til rommet. Utenfor døra sto det velkommen! Neste morgen fikk vi den  beste frokosten jeg har smakt NAMM og etterpå badet vi i det fine badebassenget. Vi reiste videre til Livingstone og Victoria-fallene. Jeg spiste også tusenbein der… Det var ekkelt, seigt, forferdelig… Jeg tør ikke si mer. På Victoria-fallene så vi mange aper og regn-buer og Emeric hoppet i strikk!!! Det føltes ut som om det regnet på grunn av fossen som var kjempe-stor og lang. Da vi skulle videre over grensa til Zimbabwe, gikk vi over brua der Emeric bungee-jumpet, og inn i Zimbabwe.

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Luna Noor om Tanzania

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I Tanzania er det ca.50 millioner mennesker ca.10 ganger så mye som i Norge. De snakker Swahili og Engelsk og pengene de bruker heter Amerikanske dollar og Tanzanianske shilling. Det var mange Bavianer som hadde litt forskrudde rumper. Nesten hvert sted vi dro var det aper og babyapene hang seg rundt mammaen og pappaen sin mage. Vi så på at noen laget kaffepulver, og mange banantrær. Vi dro også til en superfin foss. Vi dro med nattog til Zambia og jeg og mamma måtte dele seng.

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Great HK

Hong Kong is much larger than I thought, traveling from the centre to the great buddha took more than an hour. Going from the hotel to visit some friends took more than an hour. There are small mountains and forests. And we did not even visit half of Hong Kong.

Foot massage

Foot massage and pedicure in China can be a really great experience to low cost. All the workers were laughing when I put my feet on the chair to be treated. I think they have never cut off so much old dead skin before. –  after the treatment I felt like a baby:)

Weather

We did not check the weather forecast before going to Li River, that was a mistake because all the great sceneries were hidden in the mist. The guide said that we had to imaging how it was, and that it was beautiful too – I am not sure I agree:( The day after it was sunny again!

Language is difficult

Language is difficult! Spending 10 minutes to explain that I wanted to pick up a express delivery in the reception in the hotel. Even when they had called for their English expert, the communication was based on translation by mobile phones. Funny thing when we were explaining the way to the woman that helped us with taxi to Guilin North train station. We explained that we wanted to go to Guilinbei, she did not understand. Then we wrote Guilin North in the phone, and she read load “Guilin North, oh you are going to Guilinbei” …..

Buildings

In Japan there are nearly only small houses (2 to 6 floors), South Korea is totally different with only high buildings. China is a combination of the other two. In HK we only found a few old small buildings.