Following my morning at the Reed Flute Cave, I napped. When I woke up later, I went outside and for the third time, tried to find the bus that goes to Fubo Hill. I walked around in every direction from my hotel and all it got me was sweaty. I kind of wanted to go back to my room and cry, but instead, I thought I might be near the Sun and Moon Pagodas. I did have a map, but maps are useless to people who just cannot master reading them.
I walked for a bit and made the observation that there may very well be more scooters in China than in Naples. The huge difference is that scooters in China are silent. I mean REALLY silent. So silent that at one point, I had the life scared out of me by a horn blaring at me. I turned and the scooter was less than an inch from me and I never even heard it coming up. I honestly thought at first that maybe for some reason, they were all turned off and just gliding. Nope, dead silent motors.
Walking around got me a lot of “HELLO” yelling. I cannot accurately describe how much of a thrill the Chinese got out of yelling “HELLO” at me. It was always men. Not once did a woman acknowledge me. It must be a cultural thing.
Imagine my shock when after walking for a while down a street, I found what I was looking for. ER-MEH-GERD! SUN AND MOON PAGODAS!
Lake surrounding the pagodas:
Garden area outside the pagodas:
Somewhere way past the pagodas, while walking along the Li River, I found my friend Jerry the tour guide who once again, tried to get me to hire him to show me around.
I kept walking along the Li River aimlessly. I felt like I might accidentally stumble upon Fubo Hill, which would have pissed me off after my three failed attempts to find it. So I made a left and walked that way instead.
I found a main street and walked down it and suddenly realized that despite never having been here before, I knew exactly where I was and that this street would take me back to my hotel. Woo hoo!
I never once felt unsafe walking around unfamiliar streets.
Guilin is really beautiful and I could easily spend so much time just walking around and taking it all in. If the rest of China is like this, then I owe it an apology for any preconceived notions I had about it.