Guilin: It’s All About The 20 Yuan Bill

By , September 20, 2010 9:56 pm
Li River

Li River

We were greeted in Guilin by some of my family. Technically we are related through my aunt-in-law, but in Chinese culture, everyone is family and specifically called aunt or uncle. My “uncle” helped us negotiate our hotel and we got a significantly cheaper rate, better than I could ever do. There is no doubt about special rates for only locals at hotels in China.

City Of Guilin

City Of Guilin

We found it easier to get a tour package to visit the Li River. As we rode on a small boat, all around was a brownish tint, especially the river. When we finally got to the famous landmark, we couldn’t help but to take photos with the 20 Chinese Yuan banknote. My uncle, who also loves photography, said if we came at a better season, the mountains would be more lush green and the water would be very blue, and just amazing to see and shoot, so it was a good reason to come back and visit.

MuiMui At Famous Landmark

MuiMui At Famous Landmark

Our other highlight in Guilin was our daily visit to this small shop for rice noodles. It was only $1.50 a bowl, but tasted like a $15 bowl of noodles. After that, we explored the city while snacking on lychee and other delicious fruits. Somehow, we would always end up a McDonald’s to either get a filler for Boris or an ice cream cone for me.

Memorable Guilin Rice Noodles

Memorable Guilin Rice Noodles

Pagoda Tea House

Pagoda Tea House



1500 Year Old Banyan Tree

1500 Year Old Banyan Tree

For Good Luck

For Good Luck

Moon Hill

Moon Hill

Guess What This Is?

Guess What This Is?

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18 Responses to “Guilin: It’s All About The 20 Yuan Bill”

  1. Anthony says:

    allez dis nous ce que c . g aucune idée sérieux

  2. BK says:

    That picture of you with the 20 Yuan is awesome. I give up, what’s
    in the jar?

  3. Boris says:

    No one has a guess?

  4. Boris says:

    Serieux Antho, pas d’idée?

  5. diana t. says:

    an animal with really long nose hair.

  6. Noel says:

    I guess ginseng root!! Or….or…something Boris forgot in the
    back of the fridge for a few months… 😉

  7. Mimi says:

    My guess is kinda gross, but if you look at it from a
    medical/scientific perspective, it looks like a penis. Does the
    right answer get a prize of some sort? I hope I’m not right.

  8. Anthony says:

    c un animal mais je c pas pas lekel . ca doit etre une parti de son
    corps …

  9. Boris says:

    Pour l’animal c’est un ours. Des suggestions pour la partie du

  10. Boris says:

    Congratulations Mimi, we’ll have to think of a prize for you. It is
    indeed a penis. To be more specific, this is a bear penis used as
    Chinese medecine.

  11. ein says:

    I totally would’ve guessed penis! I want a prize too!

  12. Mimi says:

    Ha ha, please don’t give me the penis as a prize, I beg you!!!

  13. hieng says:

    i like how your pictures go from a delicious bowl of noodles to a
    hairy bear penis!

  14. Jerome says:

    He je ne veux pas jouer les champions mais c’est trop evident !!!
    C’est un ZOB… Les testicules, les poils, et puis le penis facon
    telescopique comme pas mal d’animaux (qui n’a jamais regarde ca 😉

  15. Jerome says:

    Why the f..k would Boris have to go to Mcdonalds ?!???!!? Food
    seems to be great and plentiful !!! This is a question way harder
    than the biology one to me… 😉

  16. Anthony says:

    bon ben allons y pour la bite de l’ours lol

  17. Boris says:

    Yes, this is the beauty of Chinese restaurants 😛

  18. Boris says:

    Hehe, Jerome l expert! Effectivement, dans un restaurant Chinois il
    y avait un flacon qui contenait 2 bites d ours (poour leurs sois
    disant proprietes medicales). Le fait de trouver ca dans un
    restaurant repond t il a ta question Jerome?

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