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“Be with the locals” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Guilin Botanical Garden

Guilin Botanical Garden
Ranked #16 of 153 things to do in Guilin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Be with the locals”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2014

Nice way to mingle a bit, watch people stroll and practice their group dancing performances. It was nice to see how retired people in China spend so much time socializing and exercising outdoors.

Visited August 2014
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Pingxiang, China
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“A Cheap Scam”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2014

Perhaps it is simply because I visited in the Winter, and all of the bushes were covered with plastic, but as best I could tell, even if the bushes were uncovered, they would still just be bushes.

The botanical garden is a very small loop, the only things featured along the way are cheap plastic toys and noisy rides for kids. From there, all the signs along the path point you towards the "palace," -- the most beautiful and well-kept place in the gardens -- it's an expensive hotel. Again, all that time, all those signs, pointing me to the highlight of the gardens: a place to spend more money. I felt scammed, as per usual.

There were some nice little ponds that would have been enjoyable to relax near, if it weren't for them pumping horrible scratchy New Age music through cheap speakers at every potential respite. Calm natural sound of running water is not good enough!

There are no maps anywhere of the garden, nor does the pamphlet they give you with the expensive ticket come with any hint of what to see or where to find anything. Infuriatingly, the stone walking paths often ended at barred gates, locks and more locks, gates on locks on fences. There was a beautiful wooden bridge, but it was similarly locked and unused. It boggles the mind. ..

FWI: If you go behind the big Palace hotel, there, and walk down the dirt side road, you can take a little bridge the locals use and get in for free... I saw some Chinese people bringing their baby in for a stroll via this secret entrance.

Visited January 2014
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“It is a must visit and have a laugh..”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2014

In addition to my last comment..

When you have gone through the garden, the place where you enter is not the exit. When you follow through the garden, the exit is at the end of the garden.

You may miss it. However, if you are observant enough, you may spot it and have a good laugh... passing out.

Okay, here is the hint. -> Passing out.

Where to spot it? When you are about to exit (before the official closing time), take a look at the signboard located at top of the exit (provided the signboard is still there), read the English Language part carefully and you may exit the garden happy. :P

Visited December 2013
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“The loveliest Botanical Gardens”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

I was very impressed with these beautiful gardens. It is so peaceful and picturesque here. Mature trees, lovely plants and lotus trees, water features make it so restful place to sit and relax. There sre covered seating areas. People come here to walk, do ti chi, dance and olay mysic. There is an outdoor stage for concerts etc. I had the chance to attend the mid autumn festival when moon cakes are exchanged and eaten.
There is a large mall across the road from the garden where you can shop or socialize. There is a huge Food Court inside where good quality food is available at very reasonable prices.

Visited September 2013
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blisterman
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“Oasis of peace”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013 via mobile

Just wonderful to stroll through these beautiful gardens.
Many locals use this at the weekends, but in the week one can hear the sounds of Chinese musical instruments being played and early and late in the day tai chi can be seen.
Lakes with koi, beautifully planted and laid out gardens and quite probably the " wedding photo shoots" can be found.
Enjoy.

Visited October 2013
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