We rose early (well early for some) and caught our two flights to Guilin. Guilin is a small city in southern China less than an hour's flight from Hong Kong.
We stayed at the Sheraton right on the Li River. There's a beautiful tree-lined explanade along the river where you can see boats going by. We explored the esplanade on foot and walked at least a dozen blocks of the city. Like Shanghai, it also has granite streets for pedestrian use only. This one was full of little open shops and the usual aggressive Chinese sales people. We also noticed that they tend to make underpasses for pedestians at busy, wide intersections. We found a place to buy our tickets for the Li River boat trip to Yangshuo. Like most things, the trip was cheaper to book outside the hotel.