Gui Lin (Chinese: 桂林; pinyin: Guìlín;) is a prefecture-level city in China, situated in the northeast of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on the west bank of the Li River. Its name means “forest of Sweet Osmanthus”, owing to the large number of fragrant Sweet Osmanthus trees located in the city. The city has long been renowned for its unique scenery.
My father and his girlfriend’s family visited Gui Lin about a month ago.
Although the scenery was exceptional like you’d expect but his experience was far from it. Gui Lin is a cyclone for tourist traps. He shared some of his bad experience and they were so jaw dropping, I have to blog about them.
There is no meter on any of the taxi in that city. You bargain the price prior to your ride with the taxi driver and then s/he takes you to your destination. See a problem with this particular arrangement or lack of governmental enforcement of honesty? Well, he’s experienced it.
On the way back from a previous trip, my father inquired the average cab fare from his hotel to the dock for his next day’s cruise. The driver indicated around 60 rmb. The next morning, a different taxi driver wanted 80 rmb for the ride. My father did not give in since he thought the fare should be 60 rmb. The taxi driver instead of not agreeing to the ride, took the 60 rmb and dropped them off at a different dock than their actual desired destination. It took them a while to figure out they were at the WRONG dock since they were unfamiliar with the area. They were late for their cruise and had to spend additional fare in order to travel to the correct dock.
The Bamboo Raft Ride
A bamboo raft takes you down the stream of the river slowly by its current. My father had arranged a taxi to pick them up at the end of the trip. Although the price of the ride was advertised to include food, they provided inedible dishes on the raft so they could market other dishes for extra cost. There were various vendors who stationed at different locations down the stream. Some claimed the fish dishes were prepared with fish freshly caught in the river earlier in the morning. They charged a lot for them. My father and his girlfriend’s family did not purchase any. They were later dropped off at a dock in which they thought was the end of the trip. However, after a half hour wait for the taxi, my father called the taxi driver he paid for. The taxi driver informed my dad that he was dropped at the wrong location. The raft people dropped them off way prior to the end of the trip. My father was once more duped for exercising his right of not purchasing overpriced marketed tourist goods.
Gui Lin has been on my list of must visit places for a long time. Based on my dad’s accounts, I think I’m going to wait a little longer for that wish.
I’ve been actually down lately. Just came back from a visit of a therapist. I could barely sleep the last few weeks.
I found this in my facebook inbox which cheered me up a little. Thank you!
hi… my name is *removed for privacy*. are you the girl who ran beautiful php scripts and webdesign like a decade ago or so??! i think that’s was when i was just about starting college, i stumbled onto your site, and really fell in love with the heart and soul you poured into your online creations!! you even had some personal projects with which i deeply identified. i fell out of webdesign for many years after that, but am trying to return back to it, and came upon ‘dodo’s scripts’, and all the memories i had of visiting your creations and your stories came into place… you struck a resonant chord within me back in those days, and i thank you for that i’m sorry to other you like this as a total stranger, but you had a memorable impact on me at that point i hope you are having a serene and blissful year thus far. yours truly, *removed for privacy*
In addition, my friend Leah, who used to be an admin @ my message board Dodo’s Message Board, created a DMB facebook group. If you use to belong to dodosmb.com or regretless.org or regretless.com/board, please join us
the other night i realized something amazing. i’ve been to the online world for ten years. i got my first modem at home when i was 16 and i’m turning 26 soon. TEN YEARS.. that’s a long time. a very significant part of a life. from 16 to 26, a person can change so much. so i started to remember everything that happened in this ten years. i became so emotional i couldn’t sleep. perhaps every generation has its own thing that’s bound to change people’s lives and the internet is the one for mine.
now please excuse my poor english. i can never express my emotions in english the way i do in chinese. therefore i notice when i get emotional, i speak in chinglish. Continue reading →
i haven’t had a chance to blog this but we had to go to the emergency room on the morning of xmas eve.
we went to the mall on december 23rd and stopped by bath and body works. i was looking around and apparently andy applied some sample peppermint scented hand lotion on his face for his dry skin. we went home & played never winter nights. i felt asleep after 12am and andy stayed up playing baldur’s gate. at 5:13 the next morning, i heard andy talking loudly on the phone with someone. i was like wth but tried to fall back asleep until andy told me: “honey we need to go to the emergency room.”
“why” i asked. i thought he was talking to his mom or brother on the phone.
“i have weeping blisters on my face. i just got done talking a nurse on the phone and she said i should go to the emergency room and have them check it out.”
i became widely awake. i stood up and looked at his face. there were many blisters and mostly bursted all over his face.
“wow.” i was shocked. “what happened?”
“i don’t know. i think it was the peppermint scented lotion i used at bath and body works. that was only thing i could have think of that might have caused it.”
either way it looked pretty serious so we quickly got into the car and was ready to head out. he looked at the clock in the car that said 5:30. “that can’t be right.”
“yes that’s right. i looked at the clock when i woke up. you stayed up all night playing the game”
“i thought it was at most 1:30.”
the whole experience at the emergency room was not bad at all. we had great service and got out there within half an hour. the doctor prescribed him some steroids to reduce the inflammation which we picked up at a local walgreens. everything was covered by insurance. we only had to make a $5 copayment for the drug.
the steroids worked wonders and only after a day of application, his blisters were almost all gone. now you can’t tell if anything happened to his face at all.
that kind of excitement just makes the rest of the holiday rather dull
on april 22nd we started moving to our new two story + plus basement house. we finished moving everything on the 24th. it’s been over two weeks now since we’ve lived in the new house, i’m still not satisified with everything. i’ve been pushing andy everyday to do more work around the house. i think he’s tired of me. yesterday we start hanging stuff on the wall and got our new washer and dryer. unfortunately we couldn’t use the dryer because the person who ordered for us didn’t bother asking if our vent is at the back or side. we need to order extra hardware and have a technician over to make it work with our vent on the side.
i know i’m too impatient.. i want to invite some friends over to at least look at it. so i want to make it presentable.
things to do:
waiting for the dryer’s side vent kit
waiting for a new bed frame for andy’s futon
need to put up all the decorations
need to put up my new quilt cover, pillow set from IKEA
need to get a new night stand for the guest bedroom
need to arrange all the stuff in the basement
need a doggy door in the basement (or do we?)
our old entertainment center (now in my bedroom) is sagging in the middle. we need to find a piece of a wood to support it.
this is actually not so new. it’s taken at andy’s brother’s wedding Sept, 2004. we never got a copy tho >< i had to reproduce it with my digitcal cam from the copy andy’s mom has so it looks weird. haha..
hrm that lobster feast was fun. does andy look drunk by any chance?!
today’s andy’s last day at his old job – auto technician for iowa city toyota shop. monday he’s gonna start a new desk job as a customer service for toyota financial (headquarter) with a pay raise and lots more benefits. i’m so proud of him ^_^
welcome to cubicle life XP. you get wonderful deals if you wish to lease or purchase a brand new toyota working there. lease also includes insurance and registration. well i’m sure i will find out more about it once he starts his job.