Tuesday, January 27: We arrived at our lovely hotel in Guilin, the Guilinyi Royal Palace, too late last night to wander around the grounds, so this morning, we decide we’ll have a leisurely breakfast and explore the grounds before heading to Yangshuo. It’s the best hotel Mike and I stay at during our holiday, after the Hotel Pullman Zhangjiajie, so we’d like to savor it a bit before heading to our cheap hotel, the Yangshuo River View Hotel, for the next four nights.
The hotel sits in the middle of Guilin’s Central Park, the city’s botanical gardens, but we don’t have time to explore those surrounding gardens today. The hotel itself has pretty enough gardens on its own.
It really is a shame that this is only a stopover point on our trip, as we need to head on to Yangshuo by bus. It certainly warrants a longer stay. As it turns out, we end up coming back here for another night, but we don’t know this at this time. When we return, we’ll be able to explore the larger surrounding botanical gardens.