Photo by Bill Hunter, taken in China, 1982. He was teaching summer courses on statistics and industrial engineering in China before China was still mostly closed to foreigners. After the courses he took a week or two vacation to visit a China few foreigners had seen to that point. See more photos of China in 1982.
This is the view from a guesthouse I stayed at in Yangshuo, China. It was a wonderful place, and I also hired the owner as my guide. Sadly while I was staying there a big 5 star hotel rented out all the guest rooms here for the next year to house their staff.
It was a wonderful place to stay. I ate dinner with the family one night. Her son was the driver when we needed a car. I used a bike for some exploring and a guided trip with Amy. I also talked with her high school daughter though I don’t speak Chinese and the daughter’s english wasn’t so strong. We used Google translate to help 🙂
You still can hire Amy as a tour guide. I recommend Amy, I don’t usually get guides but for China I figured it made sense and I was glad I did, as doing things yourself is just much more of a hassle than elsewhere (Shanghai I didn’t bother with a guide and didn’t need one but elsewhere it was helpful).
Yangshuo (near Guilin) is definitely a nice place to visit, I would recommend including several days in Yangshuo in your itinerary also (or 1 to 2 days if you are in a hurry). A raft trip down the river was the highlight for me (in fact I did another the next day).
Photo of a Traditional Chinese Raincoat in Yangshuo (near Guilin), China. The photo is from a touristy (but well done and where people still live) “ancient city” in Yangshuo, China. I saw a similar raincoat in the Shanghai History Museum.
Tibetan figurine of a wrathful Manjusri, with copper gild, at Shanghai Art Museum. From the Qing dynasty era (1664 to 1911).
Je Tsongkhapa, who founded the Gelug lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, is said to have received his teachings from visions of Mañjuśrī.
Within Esoteric Buddhism, Mañjuśrī is a meditational deity, and considered a fully enlightened Buddha. In the Shingon school of Esoteric Buddhism, he is one of the thirteen deities to whom disciples devote themselves. He figures extensively in many Esoteric Buddhist texts such as the Mañjuśrī-mūla-kalpa and the Mañjuśrīnāmasaṃgīti.