When taking the train to Guilin, we met with another part of China, leaving the busy city behind us and riding through beautiful karst mountains and agriculture. Guilin as a town is a touristy hub, and can be a bit disappointing at first. Hop on a bike and discover it away from the busy center and you’ll soon find out there is a lot more to Guilin then you first would have thought. It’s the perfect base for trips to the Dragon Rice Terraces and Yangshuo, where you can easily fill your days biking, hiking or drifting silently on a bamboo boat on the river. The scenery is breathtaking and every other corner reveals even more natural beauty.
Visiting the Rice terraces gives you the opportunity to meet some of the minorities in China such as the Zhuang or the Yao. It can be quit touristy, to avoid the tourist groups head for the Yao village Dazhai, where you can make some walks to viewing points overlooking the rice terraces and watch the real Chinese farm life.