Guilin Local Customs

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    Honey Mooners

    by herzog63 Written Oct 5, 2003

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    Honey mooners in the caves

    Here in the huge caves of Guilin there are certain ones that have colored lighting and they seem very popular with younger couples. There are photography stands set up at various spots and they did a brisk business in making photos of the honeymooners. My photo didn't come out very good as I didn't use a flash.

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    Comic Book rental

    by herzog63 Written Oct 6, 2003

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    comic reading

    Here in Guilin as well as most other cities that I visited in China there were comic book rentals set up along the street for the locals to have a seat and read the comics. They seemed very popular because every one of them that I saw had several people gathered around just reading. It seemed like a quiet time as no one seemed to be speaking to each other...just engrossed with the stories!! I'm not sure of the pricing as I never tried to rent one. I just thought is interesting.

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    Tons of bikes

    by herzog63 Written Oct 6, 2003

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    Guilin Bicycles

    In 1987 the bicycle was the main for of local transportation after the bus. There were special bicycle lanes on some of the bigger streets to keep the big trucks from running over the bicyclists. I'm sure it's changed quite a bit now though. In 1987 you wouldn't want to try going against the bicycle traffic as the crowds were going to work or again at quitting time!!

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    Fishing with the help of ...

    by Luchonda Updated Aug 22, 2004

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    Way of fishing

    Yes, fishing with the help of birds (Cormorans) is still a forbidden habbit /custom in this area.
    The neck of those birds are bended in a way that they cannot swallow the fish.
    And believe it or not - it is not only an attraction for tourists.

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    Chinese Minorities

    by Sharrie Updated Jun 29, 2004

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    Besides Yunnan & Guizhou provinces, Guangxi province claims to have as many minorities, like Yao, Zhuang & Dong. Ethnic culture like cloth spinning, brocade, embroidery & handicrafts of wood & bamboo carving are very rare in the world.

    For the ethnic women, it is crucial that they be equipped with the skills for spinning cloth with cotton & ramee. Traditional technique of beating ramee, dipping them in water, extracting the fibers & then strand them for cloth-spinning in their own looms is still practised in many villages.

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    Discipline

    by solopes Updated Jun 14, 2011

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    Guilin - China

    I've already posted something, somewhere in China's pages, about Chinese discipline at work. Remarkable. The almost military way how they line in their working places, waiting for the clients, is something uncommon in the west.

    But there's discipline and discipline, and I think that all men will agree with me that discipline at work in Guilin has something special... a "je ne sais quoi"... a...

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    Cormorant Training

    by solopes Updated Dec 22, 2013

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    I saw the “show” of the cormorants fishing for tourists (see my tips on it).

    I was tempted to believe that the tradition only lives now because of the tourism, but I’m not so sure: along the river lots of cormorants waiting in the rafts make me believe that they keep being useful and that, after the parade of the touristy caravan, life may continue in its traditional way.

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    Checking out the view from Duxiou Feng!!

    by herzog63 Updated Oct 5, 2003

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    Guilin View

    After a great steep hike up the 152 meter Duxiou Feng (which means Solitary Beauty) you will be rewarded with some wonderful views of the area. You can tell that the land is quite flat and except for the many limestone pinnacles that rise out of the land. You can reach Duxiou Feng from from a bus outside the train station or if you're somewhere in the middle of the city it's not to bad of a walk to get there. 45 minutes to an hour.

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    Cards

    by solopes Updated Dec 22, 2013

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    One common detail in China’s way of life is the way people gather in the streets to play, or to dance.

    Mahjong or cards were played everywhere, but the funniest thing that I saw was the contrast between the lined employees in the modern malls, and the ease of the workers in the public underground market, in the absence of clients…

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    Organization

    by solopes Updated Dec 22, 2013

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    Atten-hut!

    Stand at ease!

    Li, you wash the dishes

    Xi, you pass the dishes to the room

    Pi, you take care of the costumer’s requests

    Ti, you take care of the drinks.

    Di, you smile at everybody, and help the other if needed.

    Is that understood? Let’s move inside and work.

    Atten-ut!

    Right face!

    Forward… march!

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    Snake

    by solopes Updated Dec 22, 2013

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    Guilin - China

    During the trip along the Li River, the crew tries to amuse the clients (and collect a few more RMB) with some local drinks.

    It couldn’t fail the liquor with the snake. I dont ’t know the price, but no one dared to taste. Well, if selling was the idea, the snake was not the best bet!

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    Stalls in the Water

    by solopes Updated Dec 22, 2013

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    It was hot, very hot, when we went to the Elephant’s Trunk park. We envied the lucky guys that were lazing in the shade, with the feet in the water.

    That was the true image of serenity and easy comfort.

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    Farming close to the city

    by herzog63 Written Oct 5, 2003

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    For being such a big city I was surprised to see that rice and other crops were being grown right in the city. Not exactly city center but not to far away. Maybe by now all of the rice fields have high rise buildings on them.

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    Guilin - The Li river

    by Luchonda Updated Aug 22, 2004

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    Fishing on the Li

    It must be hard to earn living from fishing !!
    Next to fishing you will notice daily life in Guilin. There are a lot of simple boats doing daily transport - but also typical is the daily scenary of women doing the laundry in the black water of the Li river in the meantime their children are swimming next to the water buffalos

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    Fisherman with Cormorants

    by easterntrekker Written Nov 17, 2007

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    The locals have engineered a unique way to fish using commarants . They put a ring of rice around the birds neck so he can catch but not swalloe. ...not to worry he can swallow the little fish so he gets something for his trouble.

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