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Guilin, China and the Sheraton Hotel
The location and reasons to visit:
Guilin is located in the province of Guangxi, China. There is only one reason to
go there, and that is to take the cruise between Guilin and Yangshou, on the River
Li. Guilin itself is just an ordinary Chinese town. The large hotels are there for
just one reason and that is to house the tourists who take the river cruise.
As for the cruise, well it is long, taking over two hours. The first 15 minutes are
interesting as the boat passes limestone outcrops. But the view is pretty much the
same for the whole trip. There had been heavy rains the day before I took the trip,
so thankfully the river was running really fast, shortening the journey by at least
half an hour.
Access to the boats are via, yes of course, a large souvenir shop. Then, on arrival
at Yanhshou, to get access to the car/bus for the return journey, one has to walk
down a street lined either side by shops.
Review of the Sheraton Hotel:
It was just an ordinary hotel. Nothing special, except that the alcohol in the bar
was a lot cheaper than in hotels in Beijing or Shanghai. It is centrally located,
but there’s nothing to see or do in Guilin anyway. The food and service were fine.
The one drawback with the hotel is that the rooms are located on floors around a
central atrium. Noise from the restaurant below rises up and can be heard late into
the evening and also first thing in the morning as the staff are preparing the restaurant