My Two Rivers Four Lakes Night Cruise

Posted by : foongpc | Monday, July 19, 2010 | Published in


It was already 8pm and we were still trying to find our way to the wharf. Jam, my blogger friend asked the locals for direction but we were still lost!

Earlier in the afternoon, we had bought the tickets to the night cruise from a local agency. The tickets cost 120 yuan (RM57) each. The lady at the agency had reminded us to be at the wharf by 8pm.

After our dinner at Hao Da Ma Restaurant, we had walked back to Central Square and not once did we think we would not be able to reach the wharf in time for the night cruise. But as luck would have it, we somehow got lost and could not find our way!

However, luck must still be on our side when halfway, we bumped into the lady from the agency! She was actually riding on her motorbike and when she saw us, she was surprised why we were not on the cruise. After explaining to her we lost our way, she quickly pointed the direction to us and rode off to delay the cruise for us!

What happened next must be the most unexpected thing I ever did on a holiday. We ran as fast as we could, hardly stopping to catch our breaths, as if we were criminals on the run in a foreign country! Gosh! This must be my first time running like that during my travels! Thank God for the horse meat I ate earlier - perhaps that gave me the strength and speed, haha!!

By the time we reached the wharf, it was already 8.30pm! Needless to say, I was breathless and completely drenched in sweat! But thank God and thank that lady from the agency, we managed to get onto the cruise! Phew!! What an experience on our very first night in Guilin!

The above is the route of the Two Rivers Four Lakes cruise. Sorry it is all written in Mandarin. I could not find one with English translation.

Like its name sake, the Two Rivers Four Lakes scenic area consists of a water loop of two rivers and four lakes that enclose downtown Guilin. The two rivers are the Li River (漓江) and its tributary, Taohua (Peach Blossom) River (桃花江) and the four lakes are Rong (banyan tree) Lake (榕湖), Shan (Chinese fir) Lake (杉湖), Gui (Osmanthus) Lake (桂湖) and the Mulong (wooden dragon) Lake (木龙湖).

From the Li River, our boat entered a lock area, where water was admitted to raise the boat up several metres.

Once the water level in the lock area reached the same level as the lake, our boat continued with the journey. If you have been to Mines Wonderland and took the lake cruise, you would know the same concept being employed there.

The first lake we entered into was Mulong Lake. This is the view of the lock area as our boat was leaving it to enter Mulong Lake.

The waterway system was beautiful with buildings, trees and plants decorated with coloured lights. But since it was night time and the boat was moving, my photos did not turn out well. I guess this was the best I could do.

I managed to capture this nice looking Mulong Pagoda (木龙塔).

After Mulong Lake, we entered Gui Lake, followed by Rong Lake and Shan Lake respectively.

I learnt that there were altogether 19 bridges connecting the two rivers and four lakes! Wow! Sure beats Putrajaya which has only 9 bridges! Haha.

Now if you will excuse my poor photos, here are some of the bridges. I only managed to capture a few.

The above is the ancient twin marble bridge which separates Gui Lake and Rong Lake.

Some of the bridges were styled after some of the world's famous bridges.

Do they remind you of bridges you have seen somewhere?

And then I saw the most awesome looking bridge - the Crystal Bridge at Rong Lake! It sure looked as if it's made from crystals!

Now if you think those bridges are interesting, wait till you see what is underneath them!

Carvings, images and chinese characters on the walls and ceilings! Awesome!

Buildings beautifully decorated with coloured lightings lined the lakes.

I am not sure if this is a boat with a dragon head or a building on water! What do you think?

OK, I don't know why I include this photo here. It must be me feeling dizzy trying to take photos in the dark on a moving boat! LOL!

Finally, we came to the famous Twin Pagodas on Shan Lake! These two pagodas were the most magnificent structures that stood out that night.

I was so mesmerized by these pagodas I went back to capture more photos of them a few days later. More about them in my future posts!

After Shan Lake, we entered another lock area which brought us down back to the lower levels of Li River. We were then transferred back to the wharf. The whole cruise took about one and a half hour.

Coming up next : My 2nd Day In Guilin


(93) Comments

  1. Caroline said...


    July 19, 2010 at 5:09 PM
  2. Caroline said...

    ehhhh i like those views!!! SOOO NICE!!!

    July 19, 2010 at 5:10 PM
  3. Caroline said...

    gosh! the two pagodas!! gold n blue-ish!

    July 19, 2010 at 5:12 PM
  4. M-Knight said...

    wow..nice night view of 2 River 4 Lakes

    July 19, 2010 at 5:19 PM
  5. Unknown said...

    wahhh....steady hands you got there...LOL i love the two pagodas picture as

    July 19, 2010 at 5:20 PM
  6. [SK] said...

    hey, very very nice photos!! didn't expect they lit up all the buildings by the river..

    July 19, 2010 at 5:21 PM
  7. [SK] said...

    and the one with chinese caligraphy carvings on the wall, i agree with you, simply awesome!!

    July 19, 2010 at 5:22 PM
  8. Monica said...

    nice shots Foong! esp the twin pagodas :)

    July 19, 2010 at 5:22 PM
  9. [SK] said...

    nah, mines wonderland?? i think that is a lot better and more beautiful than mines wonderland..

    July 19, 2010 at 5:24 PM
  10. [SK] said...

    or perhaps mines wonderland is following the Guilin nice cruise?? what do you think?? hehe~~ :D

    July 19, 2010 at 5:24 PM
  11. [SK] said...

    and that Crystal Bridge is simply amazing!! i thot it's a building on the bank, but never did i know it's a bridge itself!! very luxury~~

    July 19, 2010 at 5:26 PM
  12. wenn said...

    lovely series of pictures..i like the twin pagodas the most.

    July 19, 2010 at 5:46 PM
  13. A said...

    you truly are quite the traveler aren't you foong!

    July 19, 2010 at 6:01 PM
  14. Kelvin said...

    China is too big haha XD
    The Pagoda is magificent.

    July 19, 2010 at 6:05 PM
  15. A said...

    LOL @ the horse meat giving you strength and speed! haha

    July 19, 2010 at 6:11 PM
  16. Robo said...

    The photos are awesome! I like the carvings, images and Chinese characters on the walls and ceilings!

    July 19, 2010 at 6:34 PM
  17. A said...

    WOW Foong! Your pictures took a while to load on account of my snail-ish internet connection, but it was worth the wait! I love the Pagoda! and the pictures of different bridges is breath taking!

    One bridge reminds me of London Bridge, the other reminds me of the San Francisco bridge..

    And that Crystal bridge is sooo awesome!

    How awesome!

    I love the gold and silver pagodas!

    July 19, 2010 at 6:49 PM
  18. A said...

    You must be so rich cause you get to travel A LOT.. :P

    July 19, 2010 at 6:49 PM
  19. lina said...

    I like the chinese characters and images on the ceiling. Nice...

    July 19, 2010 at 8:32 PM
  20. lina said...

    Whoa! The view is sure awesome at night, with all the lights.

    Lucky you guys didn't miss the cruise, eh?

    July 19, 2010 at 8:33 PM
  21. lina said...

    This is so much better than Mines'

    July 19, 2010 at 8:34 PM
  22. lina said...

    Putrajaya has 9 bridges? Never really bothered to check. XD

    July 19, 2010 at 8:34 PM
  23. Anonymous

    The night scene of the bridge with its colourful lights is pretty.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:04 PM
  24. Reanaclaire said...

    i love the night scenes.. but i dont like to run like a horse.. hahhaa....

    July 19, 2010 at 11:04 PM
  25. ChrisAu said...

    nice!!!! I love the drawing on the ceiling as well as the beautiful night scenes! Must be a great experience!

    July 20, 2010 at 12:22 AM
  26. Mariuca said...

    Looks like an awesome cruise Foong, have yet to experience one!

    July 20, 2010 at 1:43 AM
  27. Mariuca said...

    The bridges are spectacular, esp the view at night!

    July 20, 2010 at 1:43 AM
  28. Mariuca said...

    And the carvings underneath the bridges are something else alright, wonderful pics all around, two thumbs up!

    July 20, 2010 at 1:44 AM
  29. manglish said...

    ehhhhhhhhh very beautiful at night....i love mulong ta...

    July 20, 2010 at 5:34 AM
  30. khengsiong said...

    One of the bridges is too modern to fit the settings here...

    Oh yeah, I have 'liked' this post.

    July 20, 2010 at 8:40 AM
  31. Big BOys Oven said...

    wah so nice ler!

    July 20, 2010 at 1:24 PM
  32. Big Boys Oven said...

    I cannot do cruising, I will get sick :(

    July 20, 2010 at 1:25 PM
  33. foongpc said...

    caroline ng, haha yeah lots of cruises during my Guilin trip! : )

    July 20, 2010 at 1:33 PM
  34. foongpc said...

    m-knight, yeah I love the night view too : )

    July 20, 2010 at 1:34 PM
  35. foongpc said...

    eric lee, yeah I love the pagodas too : )

    July 20, 2010 at 1:35 PM
  36. foongpc said...

    SK, the lighting of the buildings are nice right? I love the calligraphy on the wall!

    haha, you are right! Mines Wonderland is nothing compared to this! : )

    July 20, 2010 at 1:39 PM
  37. foongpc said...

    monica, thanks! love the twin pagodas! : )

    July 20, 2010 at 1:39 PM
  38. foongpc said...

    wenn, thanks! : )

    July 20, 2010 at 1:40 PM
  39. foongpc said...

    ane, I am not really a traveler, but I do love traveling!

    Haha! So you managed to identify the bridges! Yes, the Crystal bridge is awesome indeed.

    No, I am not rich! I mostly go for budget and backpack travels : )

    July 20, 2010 at 1:42 PM
  40. foongpc said...

    kelvin, yes China is so huge you'll never finish visiting the places there! : )

    July 20, 2010 at 1:43 PM
  41. foongpc said...

    robo, thanks! Yes, I love the carvings and chinese characters under the bridges too : )

    July 20, 2010 at 1:43 PM
  42. foongpc said...

    day-dreamer, thanks! : )

    July 20, 2010 at 1:44 PM
  43. foongpc said...

    lina, yeah lady luck was with us! I would really regret if I missed this cruise!

    Oh yeah, definitely better than Mines! : )

    Haha, next time you go Putrajaya try counting the number of bridges there : )

    July 20, 2010 at 1:45 PM
  44. foongpc said...

    mei teng, yes pretty indeed! : )

    July 20, 2010 at 1:45 PM
  45. foongpc said...

    reanaclaire, you don't have to run like a horse provided you do not lose your way and be there on time : )

    July 20, 2010 at 1:46 PM
  46. foongpc said...

    chrisau, yes it was a great experience alrite! : )

    July 20, 2010 at 1:47 PM
  47. foongpc said...

    mariuca, time to go for your vacation! Haha! : )

    July 20, 2010 at 1:48 PM
  48. foongpc said...

    manglish, yeah it's beautiful. Mulong pagoda is nice too, but I prefer the twin pagodas : )

    July 20, 2010 at 1:49 PM
  49. foongpc said...

    khengsiong, yes some of the bridges are modelled after some of the world's famous bridges. Thanks for "liking" my post : )

    July 20, 2010 at 1:50 PM
  50. foongpc said...

    big boys oven, you mean you will get seasick? Just pop the pill and your problem is solved! : )

    July 20, 2010 at 1:51 PM
  51. mNhL said...

    The guide is such a nice lady!!! Lucky you and your friend still managed to ride on the cruise. Else, RM57 x 2 fly away. hehe

    July 20, 2010 at 3:13 PM
  52. Ishmael F. Ahab said... if you are running for a 100 meter dash. At least you won and you reached the cruise.

    Seeing the pictures here make me understand why you ran the way you did.

    July 20, 2010 at 6:46 PM
  53. Ken Wooi said...

    things are always more interesting outside malaysia =P

    July 21, 2010 at 12:50 AM
  54. LifeRamblings said...

    that looks like a great cruise with plenty of good photo ops.

    July 21, 2010 at 8:09 AM
  55. LifeRamblings said...

    the Mulong pagoda looks spectacular.

    July 21, 2010 at 8:11 AM
  56. LifeRamblings said...

    i also like how the buildings are adorned with such vibrant lights.

    July 21, 2010 at 8:13 AM
  57. eiling lim said...

    wah th scenery is indeed very beautiful. you really like going to China huh?

    July 21, 2010 at 8:30 AM
  58. Cashmere said...

    Horse meat?? Wow.. I'm not as adventurous as you.. lol! But I do a lot of rushings and runnings when I'm on a holiday.. hahaha! Anyway, the cruise looks good.. and I think it'll look good in the day too.. :)

    July 21, 2010 at 11:09 AM
  59. vialentino said...

    wahsei...the mulong pagoda is so amazing...

    July 21, 2010 at 11:15 AM
  60. vialentino said...

    how much u spent for this trip?

    July 21, 2010 at 11:15 AM
  61. bluedreamer27 said...

    hi foong... sorry if i can hardly visit your site lately...
    i wish i can spam more today but my time is really limited..
    i'll try to fix this very soon
    have a great day my friend

    July 21, 2010 at 11:38 AM
  62. Che-Cheh said...

    Anyone give the evil stare when y'all reach the boat? :P

    July 21, 2010 at 1:41 PM
  63. Taufulou said...

    wow! very nice night scene to take photo lerrrr...

    July 21, 2010 at 3:16 PM
  64. Ayie said...

    night cruise with all those stunning lights?!! wow!!

    love those beautiful pagodas!

    July 22, 2010 at 10:29 AM
  65. handmade holiday gift ideas said...

    Last time we were there, we heard about these fun cruises at night out on the lake that had an open bar or something like that. We can't find anything advertised as such..

    July 22, 2010 at 4:43 PM
  66. handmade holiday gift ideas said...

    They claim to have a master gunsmith on board and will have reloading parties every afternoon as well as optional marksmanship training.

    July 22, 2010 at 4:44 PM
  67. Suzanne said...

    Wow such amazing and beautiful photos. You must have had a great time on that cruise. The night scenes have added extra beauty to the place. Thanks for sharing..

    July 24, 2010 at 3:23 PM
  68. Hanging lamps said...

    I think most of my photos for this tour came out really bad – so I may not be blogging about this too much. Good thing you blogged about it!

    July 24, 2010 at 4:57 PM
  69. Carol said...

    Hey, the pictures are really very exciting.Carvings,images and chinese characters on the walls and ceilings!
    Really Awesome! All around you added wonderful pics, thanks for sharing with us...

    July 27, 2010 at 12:56 PM
  70. Instantdocs said...

    I hope it was an wonderful experience for you to be there. The Pagoda is looking brilliant especially the minaret. The painting on the inner side of the bridge is fabulous. One must enjoy such a thrilling journey.

    July 27, 2010 at 5:04 PM
  71. foongpc said...

    mNhL, yeah we were really grateful to that nice lady! : )

    July 27, 2010 at 8:52 PM
  72. foongpc said...

    ishmael, haha! It was a great experience running like that to catch the boat! : )

    July 27, 2010 at 8:53 PM
  73. foongpc said...

    ken, why do you say that? I think Malaysia can be interesting too : )

    July 27, 2010 at 8:53 PM
  74. foongpc said...

    life ramblings, yes the Mulong pagoda and the buildings with lights were nice : )

    July 27, 2010 at 8:54 PM
  75. foongpc said...

    eiling, yes I think I like to go China : )

    July 27, 2010 at 8:55 PM
  76. foongpc said...

    cashmere, you also do a lot of running during your travels? haha! Once in a while is OK, not all the time : )

    July 27, 2010 at 8:56 PM
  77. foongpc said...

    vialentino, if I can remember correctly, about RM1,500 : )

    July 27, 2010 at 8:59 PM
  78. foongpc said...

    bluedreamer27, don't worry. Visit only when you are free : )

    July 27, 2010 at 9:00 PM
  79. foongpc said...

    che-cheh, not that I notice : )

    July 27, 2010 at 9:00 PM
  80. foongpc said...

    taufulou, yeah it's nice but I think it was pretty difficult to get good photos : )

    July 27, 2010 at 9:02 PM
  81. foongpc said...

    ayie, I love the pagodas too! : )

    July 27, 2010 at 9:02 PM
  82. foongpc said...

    handmade holiday gift ideas, I have no idea about that! : )

    July 27, 2010 at 9:04 PM
  83. foongpc said...

    suzanne, thanks for dropping by! The night scene was indeed beautiful there : )

    July 27, 2010 at 9:05 PM
  84. foongpc said...

    hanging lamps, yeah good thing I did! Haha!

    July 27, 2010 at 9:05 PM
  85. foongpc said...

    carol, you are welcome! Thanks for dropping by : )

    July 27, 2010 at 9:06 PM
  86. foongpc said...

    instantdocs, thanks! I enjoyed this trip tremendously : )

    July 27, 2010 at 9:06 PM
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    Your cabin will have towels and soap provided, including pool and beach towels. It will also have a generic hair shampoo so you do not need to bring that unless you like a specific brand.

    July 29, 2010 at 6:29 PM
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    You can still wear shorts and swim wear in the pools and spas but not in public areas like dining rooms and restaurants, show rooms, bars, casino, etc.

    July 29, 2010 at 6:30 PM
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