As we moved farther south through the vast and varied country side, we made our way to the bustling city of Guilin. Really it was only a jumping point to get to our little China getaway, the perfectly quiet and amazingly beautiful Langshi village.
Nestled at the base of the mountain, and on the picturesque Li river, it was a welcome getaway from the busy city streets. We arrived at the village by one of the infamous Li river bamboo boats, at it was a perfect start to our getaway. It just so happened that we shared the boat with a couple who were on a similar getaway as us, enter Philipp and Hilla. Turns out they were staying at the same little bed and breakfast as us (the most incredible B&B we have ever been to with the kindest hosts Maarten & Eric on a remote village only accessible by boat), so we got to know them straight away. They mentioned to us that they didn’t have any photos of the two of them together, and we mentioned to them that we were keen to take advantage of the incredible scenery around us. Do you see where this is going? Well during dinner that night we arranged to go for a hike together the next day to the top of the mountain behind the village.
The scenery was incredible, and as we walked along the narrow meandering paths, up the rocky steps and through the goat herders fields we took advantage of the opportunity. The stunning view from the top of the mountain was well worth the effort, and Sabrina and I traded roles with Philipp and Hilla for a minute, to get a rare photo of the two of us together (ps, thanks guys!!!) Philipp and Hilla were great to work with, and we’re so stoked we got the opportunity to photograph an awesome couple in an incredible location.
The rest of our time in the quiet village was spent relaxing and wandering by the river, exploring through the mountain cave near the village, and soaking up the quiet peace of the place. As we departed the lovely village, we made our way through Guilin city, and eventually to our final destination in China, Naning. Naning really was just a stopover for us to arrange our visas to Vietnam, but as we waited out the three days we found that we really enjoyed wandering the streets of the city, taking pictures and getting ready for the next part of our journey, my favourite country I’ve ever been to – Vietnam.