MY VERY FIRST TRAVEL DESTINATION – GUILIN, CHINA

My love for travel did not develop as an adult. For as long as I can remember, going to a foreign country has always been a norm. It’s part of my childhood. It’s part of ME!  I just didn’t know life another way. This is why I started my project to retrace my travel memories. Some of them happened when I was so young that I don’t remember the details. I just knew that it started when I was 1 year old.

Or so I thought….

Isn't this the cutest picture ever?!

Isn’t this the cutest picture ever?! You see that camel in the back!? 

Today I was going through some old pictures for my post about my horrific cruise down the Yangtze River and saw a picture that blew my mind!

It was a picture of my parents and I standing on the beach in front of Elephant Trunk Hill in Guilin, China! I was about 8-10 months old.

Date of Stamp/Travel: Beginning of 1985
Destination: Guilin, China
Trip Purpose: My first family trip ever

Guilin has always been on my bucket list! One of the main reasons is because I WANT TO SEE ELEPHANT TRUNK HILL!

I remember seeing a picture of it in my Geography book in primary school and instantly felt my heart skip a beat. It was gorgeous! Even after 20+ years, I still remember that grainy photo in my textbook.

Guilin is a city in Southern China that’s notorious for its heavenly scenery. People in China say “Guilin is where the mountains and water, the heaven and earth connect”. The stillness of the water creates a perfect reflection of the mountain and sky. Guilin is like a dramatically beautiful painting of nature that punches you right in the face. And Elephant Trunk Hill is its most powerful fighter.

SO I’VE BEEN THERE ALREADY? WHAT?!?!?!

I feel both accomplished and defeated at the same time! So I’ve BEEN to the place I’ve always wanted to visit, but I have no recollection of it.

Alright, I’m rambling on because I’m obviously still in shock. But I’m so grateful for retracing this travel memory of mine. I cannot wait until I have the opportunity to go back and experience the beauty of Elephant Trunk Hill all over again. When that happens, I’ll make sure I soak it all in so I won’t ever forget again.


Have you ever been somewhere but have no recollection of it? Have you taken a trip back? Did it look familiar? Where is this place? Share it with me!!

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