China through my lens- Part 4: Guilin

Yangshuo, Guilin is my favourite place I travelled to while in China. (You can read about my travel adventure and thoughts on Yangshuo in my earlier post under travel!)

Yangshuo thoroughly satisfied my inner photography cavings. Without further ado, here are my photographs.

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Okay this one technically isn’t ‘my’ photograph, it’s more of a behind the scenes of my photography 😛ImageImageImageImageImageImage

These photos are taken at the ‘Impression Sanjie Liu’ perfomance. Unlike any other theatre performance, this spectacle is performed in the world’s largest natural theatre. The water of Li River is the stage and the misty hills in signature style of Guilin’s mountain ranges are the backdrop. Many of the performers are actual natives in the rural Guilin region. This show is a must see for any traveller in Yangshuo and it certainly leaves a lasting impression!

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This is one of the walls in Ryley’s Cafe. If you read my travel diaries post on Guilin then you will know how much I adore this place!Image

The board with an abundance of notes left by customers!

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Photos inside the Silver caves. The cave is HUGE and the formations are very impressive. The coloured lighting makes everything feel rather surreal as you walk through.Image

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life

I love looking at street photography and I think there is something so raw and captivating about looking at the plethora of detail in a street photograph. It is almost like people watching but through the photographers lens. It is also interesting the difference night and day can make on the ambience of a street photograph. This one below is taken on an iphone. I’ve always been a bit cautious and shy of taking out my DSL camera when out in a busy environment but I am starting to gain more confidence.

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Taken at west street (Xi Jie) in Yangshuo, Guilin, China.

I call this one ‘I see red’

 

ps. feel free to go back to my previous written and photographic posts about my travels in China! There are more to come also (:

Travel Diaries: Guilin

My recent trip to Guilin, Yangshuo was simply incredible. Unlike the rushed and tiring itinerary of our tour group holiday in Hainan, our time in Guilin was relaxing yet full of worthwhile activities thanks to my grandpa’s well thought out daily plans.

One of the highlights from this holiday was gliding along on the bamboo rafts on Yulong River, also known as the ‘little Li River’. Both sides of the water are surrounded by the signature hills of the area and bamboo forests with signs of the occasional primitive civilisation of a few locals. These signature mountain ranges are all uniquely and strangely shaped. On a misty day, the scene is stunning. It was like I had escaped society and into a picturesque book. It was not peak tourist season and apart from us on the bamboo rafts there were very few other tourists, making the experience all the more intimate. It was almost unreal. I wish I had a notebook with me at the time, capturing the essence of the moment and exactly how the scene made me feel rather than trying to recreate the experience by writing this a week later.

The famous tourist street ‘West Street’ or ‘Xi Jie’ was also full of gems. From Chinese cuisine restaurants to western cafes and bars to souvenir shops, West Street is as eclectic as it is cultural. The majority of visitors here are tourists from all over the world and throughout China. One can hear various languages spoken on this street. This street holds a fusion of west and east. The courtyard like setting with an old oriental style fused with the jazz and pop music played by the bars at night makes an ambience of both quietness and noise, and chaos and elegance. My favourite place on this street is a cosy and quirky place called Ryley’s Café. There is a bookshelf near the entrance overflowing with books both in Chinese and English. On the opposite wall there is a note board full of random messages left by strangers. There is a small stage for live performances at night. The walls are ornamented with vintage posters and records. The bar at the back is lit with LED lights. It is a place where one could spend hours reading, writing, talking or scrolling through the Internet.

My trip to Guilin, Yangshuo made me want to travel and explore more. It reminded me of when I backpacked in Vietnam and Cambodia on a world challenge expedition with school. There were many backpackers in Yangshuo. When we were driving back to Yangshuo on the bus from having seen the Silver Caves, we stopped by the road to pick up two western backpackers. It startled me a little when I heard them speak Chinese. I find it somewhat refreshing and amusing hearing foreigners speak the language. Yangshuo is a place definitely worth visiting if you ever travel to China!

Photos will be uploaded soon!