The Tenth Guilin Cherry Blossom Festival 2013

The tenth Guilin Cherry Blossom Festival kicked off in Nanxi Mountain Park, south of the city, on March 23, 2013. This year, it will last until the end of the month. Droves of visitors have swarmed onto the park to enjoy the cherry trees in full bloom.

Cherry Blossom,Guilin

Cherry Blossom,Guilin

The Cherry Blossom Festival consists of two parts, flowers appreciation and art performances. Along the main road, the cherry trees blossom on both sides, like pink clouds. The petals of cherry blossoms flutter down when soft spring wind blows. The whole park has become a sea of flowers, with fragrant air. Visitors ramble among the trees, enjoy the flowers, and take pictures.

Cherry Blossom Festival in Nanxi Mountain Park,Guilin

Cherry Blossom Festival in Nanxi Mountain Park,Guilin

During the festival, art performances include dancing, singing, Kong-fu and fashion shows. All of these are arranged by college students; and, the committee has also prepared a mysterious gift for lucky audiences.

Nanxi Mountain is home to the largest cherry tree park in Guilin. The best blossoms comes from the end of March to early April. During this period, the park is set to hold its Cherry Blossoms Festival. Since 2003, the festival has become a annual event.

Our first singing competition concluded in success

Every year, our company organizes a wide range of activities to enrich leisure life of employees, such as hiking, CS true man show, barbecue, and balloon volleyball. On March 9, a singing competition, entitled “the Voice of Easy Tour China” (易游好声音), has been held in a KTV bar.

Singing competition in a KTV bar

Singing competition in a KTV bar

The competition consists of two phases: the preliminary and the finals. 18 people applied to enter the contest, and a total of six judges were present. After the first round, 6 contestants stood out and advanced to the final.

At the final, Miko Zhang, Silvia Gan, and Peicy Wang became the top three finalists. The audience also got the chance to vote for the “Most Popular Singer” and “Best Song”; and, Leon Lee and Charlie Chen won one respectively. Monetary prizes and trophies were awarded for winners.

A contestant was singing

A contestant was singing.

This year’s singing competition was successfully concluded amidst a roar of applause and cheers. It is the first of its kind. Such a corporate cultural event offer a platform on which we can showcase talents outside a working context.

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Photoshoot in Guilin, China

Guilin is chosen as a destination of 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for a 10-day photo shooting. Several popular attractions in Guilin are selected as the locations or backdrops of the edition, including Li River, Elephant Trunk Hill, Flower Bridge of Seven Star Park, Shiwaitaoyuan and Longji Rice Terraces.

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Photoshoot in Guilin, China

A model being photographed on location in Guilin, China

For the first time in the magazine’s history, Sports Illustrated took its models to seven different continents for its annual swimsuit issue. And, the Travel Channel followed them around taking video of their photo shoots. The around-the-globe effort has been chronicled as part of a Feb. 17 special. Not just showing bikini-clad models; What both Sports Illustrated and the Travel Channel hope is to bring eyeballs and attention to places that people may be unaware of or never have the opportunity to visit.

Bamboo rafting along picturesque Yulong River, Yangshuo

Bamboo rafting along picturesque Yulong River, Yangshuo

Guilin is well-known for its dreamlike landscape, idyllic countryside and colorful ethnic culture. For most travelers, it is a dream destination. Doubtlessly, the photographers of the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue felt the same. Guilin’s magic is frequently highlighted by scenic Yangshuo to the south, with the most stunningly beautiful scenes. Peaks upon peaks of green karst hills flank the river, forming an imposing backdrop. In northwest of Guilin, Longsheng gets its fame for the spectacular Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces. Set amongst the villages of the minorities Zhuang and Yao, the area allows visitors to enjoy a panoramic view of terraced rice fields and glimpse into the local’s rural life.