Yangshuo (阳朔) in China has long been on my list to travel to. There’s an ancient saying in Chinese that the landscape in Guilin (桂林) tops the world, and that of Yangshuo (阳朔) is the best in Guilin (桂林) (i.e., “桂林山水甲天下，阳朔山水甲桂林” in Chinese). Its rolling hills, especially hidden in a thin layer of mist, is mesmerizing to me.
You know I’m not an early riser. But my behavior changes when traveling. For one, I get up early to “beat the tourists” (see here as well). And when traveling to a place like Yangshuo (阳朔), it’s worth sacrificing every bit of comfort. In this case, it means rolling out of bed and climbing up the mountain in darkness, with heavy gear, to catch the first breath of the sun. And then wait to meet His Majesty.
For a short window of time, we were rewarded with this spectacular sun rise. Don’t you love the…
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