These are some of the pictures that I took in Shanghai and Guilin, China in May, 2003. You can click on any of the pictures to see a larger version.
My trip started with my flight from Tokyo to Shanghai. There I met up with my friend Xanthi and spent four days in Shanghai. We took a lot of pictures that we couldn't get off the camera card, and then started using another card for the pictures below on the fourth day.
We spent the morning and early afternoon in the Yu-Yuan Garden and walking around various neighborhoods in Shanghai. The next day we spent the day in the airport and flying to Guilin (in the southern end of the map). Guilin is strange and beautiful-- a city on a pooltable-flat plain between peaks that rise almost vertically for a hundred feet or more, covered in trees. We took a four-hour boat tour the next day down the Li River ("Li Jiang") amidst the most spectacular scenery in the area. The following morning our flight was delayed and combined with several other flights since so few people were travelling, so we had an extra day to wander the city, see another park, and try some new candies before heading back to Shanghai.