My Visit To Maozhou Island

Posted by : foongpc | Monday, August 23, 2010 | Published in


It had been quite an experience visiting Daxu Ancient Town seeing the ancient buildings, walking on the famous Longevity Bridge and getting scolded for not paying a local old folk for showing us around her house.

It was already 1pm in the afternoon when we were approached by this modest looking lady who invited us to have lunch at her home across the Li River at Maozhou Island (毛洲岛).

This island, which is directly opposite Daxu Ancient Town, is the biggest island on Li River and is also known as "Bottle Gourd Island" due to lots of varieties of bottle gourds being grown there.

We called the lady 'Da Jie' and here you can see her waiting for us to get onto the boat.

This is the view of Daxu Ancient Town as we were leaving in the boat.

The boat ride was quite pleasant.

It took just 5 minutes and before we knew it, we had arrived at Maozhou Island!

Climbing up the stairs, we reached the front gate.

Entering the gate, we could see a waterwheel.

The signboard showing the direction to Ecology Corridor (生态走廊) and Clearwater Bridge (清水桥).

It started to drizzle all of a sudden. Da Jie quickly got us each an umbrella. We followed her as she led us through the Ecology Corridor, where we could see lots of fruit trees and vegetables were grown.

The local folks at Maozhou Island had in fact developed an ecology tour whereby visitors are invited to have a meal and stay overnight at their homes to experience the peasant family life. We did not plan to stay overnight of course, but it would have been nice, I think.

Da Jie even had her own farm and she grew lots of vegetables in which some ended up in our lunch later.

Soon, we reached the Clearwater Bridge.

Crossing to the other side, we came across the Lovers Tree. Da Jie told us that the two trees grew in such a way that they resembled two lovers hugging each other.

After a few minutes walk, we reached Da Jie's house. Her house number is 69.

This is the front entrance of her house.

There was a bamboo forest surrounding her house.

And I saw this bottle gourd hanging from the top!

Once inside, we were given a menu to order for our lunch. While Da Jie went into the kitchen to cook and prepare our meal, we had some refreshments and some sweet and sour fruits called Yellow Skin Fruit.

It was my first time tasting this fruit. I could see a lot of these fruits being grown here. They seemed to be quite popular in Guilin.

Soon, our meals were ready. We ordered stewed home grown chicken, stir fried bamboo shoots and bitter gourd with eggs. I was quite surprised that the food was served directly in the wok placed on an induction cooker!

The food were absolutely fantastic! I enjoyed this lunch very much! We also ordered a soup to complement the food.

And our lunch would certainly not be complete without a serving of the local LiQ beer!

I could not remember how much we paid for this meal but I think it was quite reasonable.

We took some rest before leaving. Da Jie led us back to the pier to take the boat back to Daxu Ancient Town. On the way, we crossed the Clearwater Bridge again.

Walked through the Ecology Corridor and reached the pier.

Soon, we were back on Daxu Ancient Town. Da Jie was there to look for other customers. We bid her farewell before walking to the bus stop to take a bus back to Guilin. It had been an interesting experience and I was glad I visited Daxu Ancient Town and Maozhou Island!

Coming Up Next : Guilin Night Market


(79) Comments

  1. Monica said...


    August 23, 2010 at 2:44 AM
  2. Monica said...

    interesting place! hmm u mean the food was served all together in the wok?

    August 23, 2010 at 3:04 AM
  3. Tekkaus said...

    Haha :D Yeah! Why you guys didn't pay? Tak baik you know.

    August 23, 2010 at 6:30 AM
  4. Tekkaus said... was that the modest lady who invited you guys to have lunch back at her home? :p I mean the one in the picture?

    August 23, 2010 at 6:31 AM
  5. Tekkaus said...

    Bottle Gourd Island? Wow...I wanna see how many varieties they have. :p

    August 23, 2010 at 6:31 AM
  6. Tekkaus said...

    Da Jie was waiting to pounce on you and Jam? Then asked both of you to pay! LOL :D

    August 23, 2010 at 6:32 AM
  7. Tekkaus said...

    Daxu Ancient town looked beautiful...when you guys were leaving. :p

    August 23, 2010 at 6:32 AM
  8. Tekkaus said...

    Ouh...just 5 minutes. The interior is indeed cosy. How much you guys had to pay?

    August 23, 2010 at 6:33 AM
  9. Tekkaus said...

    Ouh...there is even a front gate? :D Pintu gerbang? How come there was bricks stacked up? They wanna build a bigger gate? :p

    August 23, 2010 at 6:33 AM
  10. Tekkaus said...

    Waterheel? Where's the water? :p

    August 23, 2010 at 6:34 AM
  11. Tekkaus said...

    Ecology corridor? Meaning you guys were treated to an ecology course? :p Aww....I see the bottle gourd. :p

    August 23, 2010 at 6:35 AM
  12. Tekkaus said...

    She is so nice and it seems that she is really taking good care of you guys. :D

    August 23, 2010 at 6:37 AM
  13. Tekkaus said...

    Yeah! I think it would be nice to stay there and experience farming life? :p

    Ouh...she even had her own farm? :p

    August 23, 2010 at 6:38 AM
  14. Tekkaus said...

    Now there's a really weird looking trees. :p Hugging each other? Hmm...more like hm...

    August 23, 2010 at 6:39 AM
  15. Tekkaus said...

    Wow...her house look so huge. And there i even air conditioner. :p

    August 23, 2010 at 6:39 AM
  16. Tekkaus said...

    What? You guys were given a menu? Sounds like she is operating a restaurant. :p

    August 23, 2010 at 6:40 AM
  17. Tekkaus said...

    Yellow skin fruit? is it the cousin of langsat? or mata kucing? :p

    Eiiuuuu....they seem yucky to me. Bluek!

    August 23, 2010 at 6:41 AM
  18. Tekkaus said...

    Wow...she even had induction cooker. Damn rich lar this aunty. Even I don't have induction cooker. :p

    August 23, 2010 at 6:41 AM
  19. Tekkaus said...

    Hahaha :D So in the was a restaurant lar? But should be ok since she serviced you guys so well.

    August 23, 2010 at 6:42 AM
  20. Tekkaus said...

    Yeah! I hope she would find more customers. She is a nice lady. :)

    August 23, 2010 at 6:43 AM
  21. lina said...

    I love the scenery there. So green... even the water is green. :)

    August 23, 2010 at 8:20 AM
  22. lina said...

    So, she had kinda homestay program going on, eh?

    August 23, 2010 at 8:21 AM
  23. lina said...

    homegrown and home-cooked food. What could be better, right Foong?

    August 23, 2010 at 8:22 AM
  24. khengsiong said...

    The Chinese for Clear Water Bridge and Ecology Corridor is written is traditional characters. Hmm...

    So this signifies the return of the traditional characters?

    August 23, 2010 at 8:31 AM
  25. Reanaclaire said...

    FOONG,the dish served in the wok.. i could see a chicken head and a pair of chicken feet inside.. are they really? gosh... "weird" to me..btw, the surrounding reminds me of one Singapore movie.. the bamboo trees and all..
    but something different to experience cos all these are not included in any guided tours..

    August 23, 2010 at 8:46 AM
  26. Anonymous

    Homestay is a great way to experience local culture. I wouldn't mind going for homestay when holidaying. So far, have never experienced it before.

    August 23, 2010 at 9:37 AM
  27. Caroline said...

    whoaa most of the people in the boat old ppl ah?? so near? 5 mins only?

    August 23, 2010 at 9:58 AM
  28. Caroline said...

    ecology tour! nice! got own farm summore. sure very fresh one the vege. :))

    August 23, 2010 at 9:59 AM
  29. Caroline said...

    LOL! got Lovers Tree summore! interesting! :P

    August 23, 2010 at 10:00 AM
  30. Caroline said...

    d fruit taste sour??? sweet?

    August 23, 2010 at 10:01 AM
  31. Pete said...

    Nice photos, like in Kung Fu Movie.....minus the actors.....LOL!

    August 23, 2010 at 11:47 AM
  32. இ Baŋäŋaz இ said...

    The clearwater bridge is newly built, with no 'security' rope or cable by two sides of the bridge yet. Wow lovely bamboo garden. So this Da Jie sort of operating a 'house restaurant'..interesting to have lunch this way..tQ

    August 23, 2010 at 11:56 AM
  33. இ Baŋäŋaz இ said...

    When Da Jie invited both you and Jam did you guys response immediately and jumped at the idea instantly or both hesitated and have some fast thinking first scanning the lady head to toe and left to right before buying her idea? Well just reflecting on mama's words - "Be Careful" with strangers that's all..

    August 23, 2010 at 12:02 PM
  34. levian said...

    that is one beautiful place to hang out!
    i would have assume you were still in china otherwise. :p

    August 23, 2010 at 2:00 PM
  35. Unknown said...

    Wahhh the fruit looks longan only..hmmmm

    bamboo forest? you got get turned on? LOL

    nice place indeed

    August 23, 2010 at 3:13 PM
  36. iamthewitch said...

    What a nice place to have lunch! Very home cooked and delicious, I must say. The lovers tree looked a bit.. obscene :P

    August 23, 2010 at 3:41 PM
  37. vialentino said...

    wow wow...lovely food and experience....

    August 23, 2010 at 4:25 PM
  38. wenn said...

    love yr series of photos! like the waterwheel..

    August 24, 2010 at 9:23 AM
  39. Tes said...

    Hi foong, what an interesting place to visit. I like to try the boat ride and I am fascinated by the quiet provincial atmosphere of the place, very serene. :)

    August 24, 2010 at 1:05 PM
  40. Tes said...

    I also love to try the fruit, and taste that delectable dish -yum!

    August 24, 2010 at 1:06 PM
  41. [SK] said...

    oh, that one looks like a very nice place.. i see greens and water, so serene..

    August 24, 2010 at 5:06 PM
  42. [SK] said...

    and i like the bamboo forest, and first time i see the real fresh bottle gourd.. interesting..

    August 24, 2010 at 5:07 PM
  43. [SK] said...

    what are those fruits called?? just call them yellow skin fruits?? haha, so funny.. the texture looks like our langsat no??

    August 24, 2010 at 5:07 PM
  44. [SK] said...

    urgh?? what is that in the wok?? how come got chicken head and chicken feet??!! OMG~~

    August 24, 2010 at 5:08 PM
  45. HappySurfer said...

    Now that sounds like a fun afternoon which a regular organised tour would not have included that part of the country. Did you have to book ahead or just got picked up by the lady?

    Sure is a nice green place. Is the water wheel just for show? Looks like it's just sitting pretty there.

    August 24, 2010 at 7:25 PM
  46. HappySurfer said...

    The house looks new and big. I love the bamboo forest. Awesome!

    Are those gourds seasonal, do you know? And that yellow fruit makes my ears tingle. Are they extremely sour? Oh gosh..

    August 24, 2010 at 7:29 PM
  47. HappySurfer said...

    Interesting that dishes served together in the wok - for double purposes - kept warm and save on dish-washing. :p

    You forgot the little detail of how much that little detour plus lunch package cost you.

    Thanks. That's an enjoyable afternoon tour.

    August 24, 2010 at 7:33 PM
  48. Mariuca said...

    Hi Foong, yellow skin fruit looks masam... :)

    August 24, 2010 at 8:58 PM
  49. Mariuca said...

    The food was cooked and served together in the wok u mean?

    August 24, 2010 at 9:00 PM
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    August 25, 2010 at 12:02 PM
  51. handmade holiday gift ideas said...

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    August 25, 2010 at 3:48 PM
  52. foongpc said...

    monica, actually one food was cooked at a time, but as we ate, the lady added the next dish into the wok. So in the end, we had three dishes in the wok! : )

    August 25, 2010 at 9:44 PM
  53. foongpc said...

    tekkaus, yes it's nice to stay there and experience farming life. It's a good thing she gave us the menu - we could select the kind of dishes we like.

    The yellow skin fruit may look yucky to you, but it's actually quite nice tasting!

    August 25, 2010 at 9:46 PM
  54. foongpc said...

    lina, yes what could be better right? Totally enjoyed it there! : )

    August 25, 2010 at 9:47 PM
  55. foongpc said...

    khengsiong, no maybe because this is an ancient town, they have not upgraded their chinese characters yet : )

    August 25, 2010 at 9:48 PM
  56. foongpc said...

    reanaclaire, yes you saw right! But I didn't eat the chicken head. Haha! Yes if you go Guiliun, you ahould drop by this island and experience their homestay program : )

    August 25, 2010 at 9:49 PM
  57. foongpc said...

    mei teng, yes it's a great way to experience local culture. You should try one homestay program in your future travels : )

    August 25, 2010 at 9:50 PM
  58. foongpc said...

    caroline, I don't know why most of the people in the boar is old, maybe the young people have gone to bigger city like Guilin?

    The fruit tasted sourish to me : )

    August 25, 2010 at 9:52 PM
  59. foongpc said...

    pete, like kung fu movies? Really? Haha!

    August 25, 2010 at 9:52 PM
  60. foongpc said...

    bananaz, oh you are pretty observant there! Actually Da Jie is operating a homestay program but we did not stay there.

    Da Jie was not the first lady to approach us, so we knew it was quite common for tourists to be invited there : )

    August 25, 2010 at 9:54 PM
  61. foongpc said...

    levian, yes it was indeed a beautiful place!

    August 25, 2010 at 9:54 PM
  62. foongpc said...

    eric lee, got turned on by the bamboo forests? Haha, you must be kidding! : D

    August 25, 2010 at 9:55 PM
  63. foongpc said...

    iamthewitch, which part of the lovers tree is obscene?!

    August 25, 2010 at 9:55 PM
  64. foongpc said...

    vialentino, yes enjoyed myself there! : )

    August 25, 2010 at 9:56 PM
  65. foongpc said...

    wenn, thanks! : )

    August 25, 2010 at 9:56 PM
  66. foongpc said...

    tes, yes it's a very serene place - the kind of rural life that is relaxing : )

    August 25, 2010 at 9:57 PM
  67. foongpc said...

    SK, well yes the fruits does look like our langsat.

    LOL!! Yes the chicken head and feet were all included! But I didn't eat them!

    August 25, 2010 at 9:58 PM
  68. foongpc said...

    happysurfer, yes I like the bamboo forest too! I am not sure if the gourds are seasonal. As for the yellow skin fruit, they were sour indeed!

    Yes, I also find serving all the dishes in one wok placed on top of the induction cooker a brilliant idea!

    I've just gone through my travel notebook and found that this lunch cost me about 33 yuan (RM15). Quite reasonable yes?

    August 25, 2010 at 10:01 PM
  69. foongpc said...

    mariuca, yes the fruit was sourish with a tinge of sweetness.

    The lady cooked the first dish and placed them in the wok and while we ate, she came out with the second dish and placed them in the wok too. In the end, all 3 dishes ended up in one wok : )

    August 25, 2010 at 10:04 PM
  70. foongpc said...

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    August 25, 2010 at 10:04 PM
  71. RoseBelle said...

    I would love to live in a countryside place like this. Full of greeneries. Simple living. I bet the people there have long lives and are laid back people. I'm remembering the place. Definitely would want to visit someday.

    August 26, 2010 at 5:43 AM
  72. jam said...

    That's the best lunch I had in the entire trip!

    August 26, 2010 at 11:25 AM
  73. Suzanne said...

    I must say you people had quite an experience of a lifetime at Daxu ancient Town. The boat ride looked interesting. It was quite spacious also.

    August 26, 2010 at 1:38 PM
  74. Ishmael F. Ahab said...

    There really is a plant called botle gourd? This is the first time I saw kind of fruit.

    You really had a good visit there eh?

    Have a nice weekend Foong.

    August 27, 2010 at 4:27 PM
  75. Ayie said...

    that seems to look like a great place to unwind but I'm quite scared with the green water and can't see what's under =P

    that food cooked in the wok looks appetizing too

    August 28, 2010 at 2:48 PM
  76. LifeRamblings said...

    looks like a fascinating place to stroll around.

    August 29, 2010 at 12:31 AM
  77. HappySurfer said...

    33 yuan per head for homecooked food not bad esp if the dishes are tasty. Taste plays a big part for me - display not so important.

    August 30, 2010 at 3:22 PM
  78. Vegas said...

    Maozhou Island is really a beautiful place to spend the weekend. The bamboo forest is really fascinating. I hope you enjoyed the trip. Bye.

    September 2, 2010 at 2:58 PM
  79. Anonymous

    Do you know the last bus leaving for Guilin City is at what time?

    February 20, 2011 at 7:17 PM