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Puzhehei—beautiful, just ... beautiful. Ever heard of it? It’s not exactly one of China’s top destinations to explore, but truth be told, it should be.
I ventured over into Puzhehei in mid-August, a few weeks after my Chinese colleague had introduced me to it. He always boasted about his spectacular adventures across Yunnan in the office, and once I mentioned that Guilin was one of my favorite cities in China, he quickly pulled up a photo of Puzhehei’s sprawling karst hill landscape to shut down any praiseworthy thoughts I had. And he’s right—I was hooked.
For one, the heart of Puzhehei is a lot like China’s ancient water towns. You take a whole bunch of shops, boutiques, hotels, and restaurants, add some lotus ponds and mix it with plenty of artistic, cultural and aesthetically beautiful building designs, and you’ve got the recipe for a vibrant modern-day Chinese historical hub.
And two, one of the best activities to do in Puzhehei is hop onboard a 1 hour canoe ride on Pearl Lake. In fact, it’s one of the best cruises I’d ever take in my life, no kidding.
A mere 200RMB got me my own boat and the chance to see some top notch views of Puzhehei’s infamous pastoral scene from ground level.
Throw in the great weather and this incredible sense of serenity emitting from Puzhehei and you’ve got a contender for top 10 boat rides you should take in China.
And by the way, did I mention the water fights? Everybody canoeing had buckets and water guns. If another canoe came close, they’d splash each other for about 30 seconds nonstop. There was lots of laughter and lots of good fun. Trust me, don’t miss out on this one!
And three? You’ve just got to see Puzhehei from above. Heck, that was the main reason I showed up, and it definitely didn’t disappoint.
I don’t know, there’s just something about karst hills that gets me every time; after all, whether Thailand or Guilin, I’ve never seen that kind of topography in any setting that wasn’t awe-inspiring.
I caught all the grandiose views of Puzhehei from atop of Qinglong Hill. I stayed there for an hour—admiring, reflecting, and most importantly, R-E-L-A-X-I-N-G.
To be honest, it felt really good to get out of Shanghai. The big city can sometimes get too fast paced, hectic, and just ... stressful. So naturally, Puzhehei was the perfect destination to escape, unwind, explore, and improve the spirit. You have any favorite places like that?
And last on the list? Puzhehei’s karst caves. But don’t think bats, muddy waters, and pitch-black tunnels leading to God-knows-where. Instead, its caves are decked out with decorative lights, walkways, and plenty of large, open spaces to observe all cool-looking mineral deposits and rock formations.
And so there you have it—Puzhehei, one of China’s beautiful hidden gems in a glance.
Did I have fun? Sure. Was it peaceful and relaxing? Definitely. Are the views and scenery really worth the trip? Absolutely! And will I ever go back again? Hell yeah!
My trip to Puzhehei was that cool. It was a very refreshing trip and it’s a place that I can recommend for you to explore. What do you think? Sounds good? Well then go! Safe & happy travels!