Of all the places we went in China, I think Guilin was my favourite. While it is a very small city compared to Beijing and Shanghai, everyone there was so kind-hearted and friendly. The natural scenery found in this city was also mindblowing. My type of vacation is more of sightseeing in terms of scenery like this and not so much historical monuments, so this was when it really felt like "vacation" to me. It was breathtaking.
Shanghai, on the other hand, was busy, busy, busy, and most reminded me of home. While the city was beautiful and I finally felt like I was back to "civilization", what really pissed us off on the last day was the ridiculously horrible service at one of the restaurants we were at. I mean, yes, we knew we were in China and already expected less in terms of customer service, but it got to the point where my dad had enough. Without getting too much into it, we were told there were "no more" when we asked for simple utensils like a fork and an extra plate. No more forks? You gotta be f*cking kidding me. Needless to say, my dad was really unhappy, and his discontent was definitely reflected in the tour company's evaluation.
Day 5 and 6 - Guilin, China
Reed's Flute Cave was the most beautiful thing. I was mesmerized.
Elephant Hill. Do you see the elephant trunk?
Li's River cruise.
Day 7 and 8 - Shanghai, China
I spy a... Zara?! Yay, a familiar label. Finally.
I don't really remember where this was, so I tried looking at the Itinerary to remind myself and I think it is called "God Temple Street" (someone correct me if I'm wrong!)
Finding a Starbucks was so exciting. Seriously.
Pretty cherry blossoms and lots of koi fish!
"The Bund" - aka their lakeshore. It was very pretty.
Nanjing road. It reminded me a lot of New York City.