We generally believe that most tourists to the world famous Guilin (桂林 ; Osmanthus Woods) would be on a tighter and shorter itinerary revolving around the Li River (漓江) Cruise, and thus we’d imagine they wouldn’t bother with this waterfall. Gudong Waterfalls is another pearl that glitters in the panorama of Guilin landscape. If you put original natural world into the top of their must-visit attractions in Guilin, Gudong Waterfalls is absolutely your first option. The best itinerary suggested is that you climb up Gudong Waterfalls with iron chains, then leave the waterfall for the nearby Daxu Ancient Town, then for Crown Cave (about 7 kilometers from the waterfalls) and last go back to Guilin (25 kilometers from the waterfalls).
Within the unpolluted thousands of acres of original forest district around Gudong Waterfalls, all the bustle and rustle in metropolis that pile up in your heart will be gone sheerly. Gudong Waterfalls present nothing but towering ancient trees, roaring waterfall from cliffs and crystal-clear lakes at the foot of waterfall. If you can afford several days in late November here, you’ll feast on breathtaking arrays of maple tree which you can never find elsewhere.
Amongst this series of falls, perhaps the most impressive one of the lot was a wide waterfall that fell like a trapezoidal sheet over a sloping wall. This sloping wall appeared to have been slightly modified to include footholds and bolts to facilitate climbing. But aside from the modifications, Julie and I gladly took plenty of photos of it, especially since we didn’t see nearly as many climbers at this waterfall than further downstream
Climbing up the waterfall with iron chains is a pleasant challenge. You may get soaked, yet the happiness of teamwork and modest difficulty of climbing will help you go through it.