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Monday 28th of July 2014

Guilin (Royal Garden Hotel)

City: Guilin
Province: Guangxi
Month/Year of Travel: September 1999
Travel Route in China: Hong Kong/Nanning/Guilin/Nanning/Guangzhou
Name of Hotel: Royal Garden Hotel
Comments about Hotel: This is one of the two current 5 star hotels in Guilin, the Royal Garden had a string quartet playing when we arrived. It has a business center and permits guest to use email capability for a small fee. The hotel is situated on the river so you can stroll along the promenade. Try to avoid being placed in an interior room facing the courtyard if you retire early -- there's a loud and campy "ethnic minority" show in the courtyard nightly from 8 to 9 pm. Food in the hotel was relatively expensive and very ordinary.
Office or Orphanage: The Guilin orphanage/old age home is on the outskirts of town. We were shown only a visitor's room which looked like a conference or meeting room. We were told that there were about 200 children associated with the orphanage, about half of whom are in foster care.
Sights to See in this city: People come to Guilin to see the incredible scenery. Most people do the river boat tour which is uniquely beautiful. There is also Seven Star Park which has interesting rock formations, interesting fossil collections and a zoo -- good for wandering with a stroller.
Baby supplies can be purchased at: Sorry, we got those in Nanning at Dreamland.
Places to eat we liked: The lunch on the riverboat tour was very good. Pretty slim pickings otherwise. There are restaurants near the train station that are okay, but the food in other cities was better generally.
Things you ought to know while staying here: Guilin is a tourist mecca and has all the persistent hawkers of tee shirts and knick knacks you'd expect for any city that has over 6 million visitors a year. It is also undergoing a radical building boom to accommodate high end tourists and the streets are pretty torn up.

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