Lijiang River Travel Tips

On September 6, 2011, in Guilin, Rivers & Gorges, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Lijiang River, originating in the Yuecheng Mountain, is a main tributary of the Pearl River flowing through the eastern part of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The head water is Liudong River and the confluence of the Huangbo River and Chuangjiang River is called Rongjiang River. The Lijiang River stretches from Guilin to Yangshuo with a […]

Lijiang River, originating in the Yuecheng Mountain, is a main tributary of the Pearl River flowing through the eastern part of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The head water is Liudong River and the confluence of the Huangbo River and Chuangjiang River is called Rongjiang River. The Lijiang River stretches from Guilin to Yangshuo with a length of 437 km.

Best Time to visit Lijiang River

Ferries are available only at 9:30 and 10:00 a.m.

The prime time to visit Lijiang River is from April to October. However, avoid the May Day Holiday (1st-3rd May) and National Day Holiday (1st – 7th October) for these are peak tourist seasons for domestic visitors. The River could be crowded and the price slightly raised.

Lijiang River Best Routes

A two-day or longer visit is recommended.

Day 1: (Guilin)

Longchuanping Dock—-Mulong Cave by raft—-aquatic tour to Elephant Trunk Hill, Piled Silk Hill, Cockfight Mountain, Seven-Star Mountain etc. —-Prince City attraction

Day 2: (Yangshuo)

Xingping fishing village (Clinton delivered an environmental protection speech here in 1997)—-tour on Lijiang River—-Butterfly Spring—-Silver Cave.

Lijiang River Tickets

Peak season: 210 Yuan

Off season: 190 Yuan

Additional sightseeing section of Lijiang River: 70 Yuan

How to get to Lijiang River

To take a ferry:

Domestic visitors: Mopanshan Dock

Foreign visitors: Zhujiang Dock

Domestic and foreign visitors (during dry season): Yangdi Dock

Tourist Bus:

Bus 51-58

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Seven-Star Cave

On September 6, 2011, in Caves & Canyons, Guilin, More Cities, Parks & Gardens, by Jack Li

Seven-Star Cave is a vast limestone cave complex in Seven-Star Park. The cave derives its name from the fact the main karst limestone peaks roughly resemble the stars of the Big Dipper constellation. The earliest exploration of the Seven-Star Cave dates back to the Tang Dynasty about 1,300 years ago. The cave has a year-round […]

Seven-Star Cave is a vast limestone cave complex in Seven-Star Park. The cave derives its name from the fact the main karst limestone peaks roughly resemble the stars of the Big Dipper constellation. The earliest exploration of the Seven-Star Cave dates back to the Tang Dynasty about 1,300 years ago. The cave has a year-round temperature of about 20o C. The maximum ceiling height is 27 meters, and the maximum width is 49 meters. A concrete and stone tour path of approximately 1,000 meters runs through the cave between its entrance and exit points. Artificial lighting for walkways and displays has been installed throughout the cave with intermittent colored lighting accents. Various rocky formations have descriptive names, such as “A Natural Fresco” and “The Chessboard”. During the Japanese invasion of China in World War II, Guilin residents took refuge in the cave.

The Lijiang River (in Guangxi)

Cattle Gorge

On September 6, 2011, in Guilin, More Cities, Nature Scenery, Rivers & Gorges, by Jack Li

Cattle Gorge is located downstream of Mopan Dock. The Gorge draws its name from the multitude of rocks that take the shape of oxen and horses. At this location, Lijiang River splits into two minor rivers running in opposite directions, cutting the river islet into three smaller islets. Drawing inference from the vivid travel notes […]

Cattle Gorge is located downstream of Mopan Dock. The Gorge draws its name from the multitude of rocks that take the shape of oxen and horses. At this location, Lijiang River splits into two minor rivers running in opposite directions, cutting the river islet into three smaller islets. Drawing inference from the vivid travel notes of famous Chinese geographer Xu Xiake, in ancient times, the waters of the river roared and tumbled against the cliffs. Today, the river only quietly murmurs. Later, the main stream was developed to accommodate sailing crafts and opened up as a channel for passenger ships. The surface of the river spreads wide and smooth with the three islets appearing to float on the river. It has become very attractive to tourists because the water here is extremely clear and calm and is a natural mirror making perfect images of the peaks. It is escorted by seven peaks at both sides of the Lijiang River resembling seven fairy ladies. A legend tells that the seven peaks are fairy girls from the heaven who took baths in the river. Enthralled by the charming scene, they stayed here and become the peaks .Green bamboo, lofty peaks and the blue sky reflected on the quiet waters create a spectacular scene. Right at the east end is the Hill of the Faithful Wife. At the hillside is a rock in the shape of woman with a baby on her back gazing far into the distance.

The Lijiang River (in Guangxi)

Solitary Beauty Peak(Duxiu Peak)

On September 6, 2011, in Adventure Trip, Guilin, Mountain Areas, Nature Scenery, by Jack Li

Solitary Beauty Peak is located in Guilin Prince City and is an integral part of the Prince City scenic area. People always describe it as the South Tianyi Column. The name derives from the renowned quote from Southern Dynasty (420-589) literature, ‘none can surpass this solitary peak in beauty’. The peak is also known as […]

Solitary Beauty Peak is located in Guilin Prince City and is an integral part of the Prince City scenic area. People always describe it as the South Tianyi Column. The name derives from the renowned quote from Southern Dynasty (420-589) literature, ‘none can surpass this solitary peak in beauty’. The peak is also known as ‘Purple Golden Hill’, a reference to the purple color of the rocks in bright sunshine. The Peak has also been called ‘the pillar of the Southern sky.’ There are 306 stone steps leading up to the top, where visitors can see a great view of the city. The pavilion here is a famous viewing point. Rosy clouds of dawn and a sunset glow turn the peak into a giant with a purple gown draped over his shoulder and a golden sash tied around his waist, giving the peak its second name: Purple Mountain. Visitors have to climb 306 stone steps to reach the top of the mountain, where they can gain a bird view of the shimmering waters and marvelous mountains of Guilin. That is the reason why the first thing tourists visiting Guilin do is climb the Solitary Beauty Peak. On the mountain side there is Reading Rock, a location that served as a reading spot for Yanzhi Yan (a famous writer in the Northern and Southern Dynasties), and Crescent Lake. Solitary Beauty Peak is a must-see attraction for visitors to Guilin Prince City – don’t miss it!

The Lijiang River (in Guangxi)

The Lijiang River (in Guangxi)

On September 6, 2011, in Caves & Canyons, Guilin, Mountain Areas, Rivers & Gorges, by Jack Li

Situated in the east of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in Southern China, the Lijiang River Scenic Area is the world’s largest and most beautiful karst landscape, inducing innumerable literati to revel in its beauty throughout the ages. Part of the scenery along the Lijiang River is printed on the back of the newly issued 20 […]

Situated in the east of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in Southern China, the Lijiang River Scenic Area is the world’s largest and most beautiful karst landscape, inducing innumerable literati to revel in its beauty throughout the ages. Part of the scenery along the Lijiang River is printed on the back of the newly issued 20 yuan note. The river originates at one of the most famous mountains in Southern China, Maoershan Mountain, nourishing the many flora and fauna that live along its banks.

The Lijiang River Scenic Area contains many breathtaking tourist destinations such as Caoping, Yangdi, Xingping, Cattle Gorge, Seven Star Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill, and so on. Being the major scenic spot and the essence and soul of Guilin in Guangxi Province, this river flows through the city like a pearl necklace on a fair lady. So far the approved open area of the Liliang River can be divided into three spheres. Specifically, downtown on-water entertainment; Lijiang River sightseeing; and tourism of the Yangshuo, Guilin section of the river. The distance between the city center of Guilin and Yangshuo County is 83 kilometers, also known as the One-hundred Li Gallery. Considered one of the most scenic landscapes in China, the Lijiang River was one of the first scenic areas approved by the State Council in 1982. On May 5th, 2007, it obtained formal approval from National Tourism Administration of China to be crowned as a 5-A class tourist attraction.

The Lijiang River Main Attractions:

Elephant Trunk Hill

The Solitary Beauty Peak

Seven Star Cave

Reed Flute Cave

Cattle Gorge

The Lijiang River Story:

1.   Aniu Sister-in-law Rice-flour Noodles

Third Sister Liu (Sanjie Liu), a folklore character of the Zhuang nationality of China, was not only a gorgeous singer but also an excellent cook of rice-flour noodles. It is said that as many as 26 kinds of spices were added to her rice-flour noodle soup broth – no wonder it was so delicious! After she married Brother Aniu, she opened a rice-flour noodle store called Aniu Sister-in-Law Rice-flour Noodle Shop at the entrance to the village. The special flavor of the noodles and her beautiful voice soon attracted a huge number of customers. Huairen Mo, a rich man from the neighborhood, tried several times to take her as one of his concubines, but failed each time. Outraged, he conspired with local officials to burn down Third Sister Liu’s shop, infuriating the people of the village. The villagers decided unanimously to rescue Third Sister Liu, fighting with only their shovels, hoes and sticks. Many of them were badly injured. Seeing this, Third Sister Liu uttered a cry and jumped into the Lijiang River to save her fellow villagers from being further maimed. Suddenly, two carps leaped out of the water. One took Third Sister Liu on its back and flew up into the sky, heading to heaven as Third Sister Liu transformed into a goddess; the other jumped onto Huairen Mo and his men, pushing them down deep into the water. The tail of the carp surfaced high above the water, changing into the current Mt. Fish Tail.

2.   The Hill of the Faithful Wife

37 kilometers away from the city of Guilin, the Hill of the Faithful Wife is along the west coast of the Lijiang River and just in front of Doumi Beach. On top of the hill there is a stone resembling a man who, facing north, wears traditional Chinese clothes. Halfway up the hill there is a stone in the shape of a woman holding a baby on her back, looking into the direction of said man. Thus, the name of the hill came to be the Hill of the Faithful Wife or the Stone of the Faithful Wife. In the Song dynasty, it was rumored that a mendicant Buddhist monk turned into stone, giving the rock its man-like appearance. However, in the Qing dynasty, the story was that a family of three only had one dou (a measure of grain) of rice left when they came ashore. Unable to find food anywhere on the mountain, the husband was so lost in desperation that he turned into a stone-man. After waiting and waiting and still seeing no sign of her husband, the wife with the child on her back went up the mountain searching for him, only to find that her husband had already turned to stone. The wife was heartbroken and instantly became a stone-woman. Visitors to the Hill of the Faithful Wife will be fascinated by each of the many variations in legend about this scenic spot.

Ludi (Reed Flute) Cave Travel Tips

On September 5, 2011, in Caves & Canyons, Guilin, More Cities, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Ludi Cave is the most popular karst scenery spot in the world.  Up to now, it has received forty million visitors since it was open to the public, including over 180 parties and states leaders such as Dengxiaoping, American former president Nixon, Cart, German former president Richard Weizsacker and more.  All of them once were […]

Ludi Cave is the most popular karst scenery spot in the world.  Up to now, it has received forty million visitors since it was open to the public, including over 180 parties and states leaders such as Dengxiaoping, American former president Nixon, Cart, German former president Richard Weizsacker and more.  All of them once were appealed to the wonderful view and spoke highly of it.  As a result, Ludi Cave is called as “State Guest Cave” as well.  The cave was commended as a fantastic palace by Mrs. Nixon.

Best time to visit Ludi Cave

Because each season is as warm as spring, Guilin is a perfect place for travelling all the year round.  Moreover, Luyan Cave has its own natural temperature-control system.  The sun’s illumination is the main factor which effects the temperature’s change.   However, located in the depth of mountains, the cave nearly is not affected by the frequent changeable climate outside.  It resembles a vacuum flask whose temperature is always close to local average temperature of many years.  In recent years, Guilin’s average temperature is 19℃.  So the climate inside the cave is fairly mild in winter and rather cool in summer.

Ludi Cave Best Routes

Shiling Sunglow——Hongluo Baozhang——Visit the inside cave——Taohua (Peach Blossom) River View Spot——Feiluan (a bird’s name) Bridge View Spot.

Ludi Cave Tickets

Ticket price: 90RMB/person.  Ticket for 1.4m—1.1m high child is half price; for child below 1.1m is free.

Opening Hours: from 8:00am—17:30pm

How to get to Ludi Cave

By bus: take bus line3 or free bus line58——get off at Ludi Park Station.

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Taohua (Peach Blossom) River View Spot

On September 5, 2011, in Guilin, More Cities, Nature Scenery, Rivers & Gorges, by Jack Li

Most visitors choose to drive along Taohua River when they go to Ludi Cave.  Taohua River, initially named as Yang River, originates from Simo Mountain in Guilin.  Flowing through Lingui, Lingchuan and Guilin, the about 25km long river was leaded into Li River in Ming dynasty.  Formed ten or twenty years ago, the wide river […]

Most visitors choose to drive along Taohua River when they go to Ludi Cave.  Taohua River, initially named as Yang River, originates from Simo Mountain in Guilin.  Flowing through Lingui, Lingchuan and Guilin, the about 25km long river was leaded into Li River in Ming dynasty.  Formed ten or twenty years ago, the wide river surface became narrower as the drop of water level.  The stream course in Guilin is in a shape of “s”, resembling three green streamers flowing on Guibei dissolution basin.  Because of the limestone geology, the river water is crystal clear.  Especially in Feiluan Bridge area, water flows as smooth as a mirror; clusters of oleanders bloom on the bank, reflecting on the river.  Surrounded by Hibiscus Mountain, Loin Mountain, the First Mountain, the whole view spot is picturesque rural scenery.  Moreover, the night scene in autumn is more beautiful under the pure moonlight.  An old saying praises Taohua River as that: Taohua River is not similar with Li River, but better than Li River.

Ludi Cave (Reed Flute Cave)

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Feiluan Bridge View Spot

On September 5, 2011, in Guilin, Nature Scenery, Rivers & Gorges, by Jack Li

The dignified and unsophisticated Feiluan Bridge is the first attractions when you arrive in Ludi Cave Scenic Spot.  Also called as Feilong Bridge, it is located on the crossover point of Taohua River and Ludi Road.  The bridge has a length of 62.4m and a width of 10.5m.  Bricked by black limestone, the bridge arch […]

The dignified and unsophisticated Feiluan Bridge is the first attractions when you arrive in Ludi Cave Scenic Spot.  Also called as Feilong Bridge, it is located on the crossover point of Taohua River and Ludi Road.  The bridge has a length of 62.4m and a width of 10.5m.  Bricked by black limestone, the bridge arch on the west side has 14 small arches to reduce the flood’s rash and the pressure of upside.  It is said that a village, named as Xiao’s village, was situated nearby the Taohua River.  Because its dam was destroyed by the flood every spring, people couldn’t go across the river and have to renovate it again and again.  All of them hoped to build a bridge so that they didn’t need to worry about the flood.  Finally, they decided to realize that dream.  Walking along the river and observed carefully, the stoneman picked a high point above the bam as abutment.  Before starting this construction, people killed chicken to memorize Lu Ban (the Chinese master carpenter).  To their surprise, the black chicken suddenly flied away during the slaughter.  At the same time, its tail was longer and longer; feathers became colorful and sparkling.  It didn’t stop flying until people found it beside the river.  However, it was not a chicken any more.  It changed to a beautiful male phoenix.  The villagers were confused but for an aged.  He said that maybe the phoenix was appointed by Lu Ban and the bridge should be situated there.  Hearing that, the phoenix flied to south with a colorful cloud.  Villagers followed the aged’s suggestion and constructed the bridge on the landing point of the phoenix.  Because of this story, the bridge was called as Feiluan (male phoenix) Bridge from then on.

Ludi Cave (Reed Flute Cave)

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Ludi Cave

On September 5, 2011, in Activities, Caves & Canyons, Guilin, More Cities, by Jack Li

The stalactites in the cave were naturally formed. The lines of the stalactites are fluent and seem very grand and magnificent. And under the lamplights, different artistic conceptions are created, making the well-ordered stone pillars, stalagmites, stalactites, stone flat, stone curtains resemble works of art. Those give people colorful imaginary space and artistic enjoyment. The […]

The stalactites in the cave were naturally formed. The lines of the stalactites are fluent and seem very grand and magnificent. And under the lamplights, different artistic conceptions are created, making the well-ordered stone pillars, stalagmites, stalactites, stone flat, stone curtains resemble works of art. Those give people colorful imaginary space and artistic enjoyment. The whole cave is an art palace of nature. For example, the vibrant ‘rosy dawn of Lion Mountain’, the powerful ‘flying fall’, the virtuous ‘snow covered pines’, the immense primitive forest’, the gorgeous ‘crystal palace’, the elegant ‘listen to flute’ and stone snowman, stone vegetables, stone fish which are much like real objects. In the cave, you could not only appreciate the beautiful shapes of the stalactites which were created by nature, but also enjoy the beauty of color and artistic conception. Especially ‘crystal palace’ is the most wonderful sight spot. It is the widest place in the cave and the space of it just big enough to play and enjoy the chamber music. Without any help of audio equipment, it can have the effect like concert hall. The closed space, the irregular stone walls of ‘crystal cave’ provide the best condition for the voice reflection. The voice of music is clear and gentle almost without any weakening during the process of spread. This can promote the feature of chamber music reaching the acme. And the beautiful environment of ‘crystal palace’ provides a unique visional space which plays up music appreciation. ‘Crystal palace’ can make people understand the meaning of music and immerse themselves into the music, help them forget worries. It is the paradise of music.

Ludi Cave (Reed Flute Cave)

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Ludi Cave (Reed Flute Cave)

On September 5, 2011, in Caves & Canyons, Guilin, More Cities, Travel Info, by Jack Li

 Ludi Cave is on the northwestern outskirts of Guilin. It is 5 kilometers far from the downtown. In the Ludi Cave Scenic Spot you could not only enjoy a wonderful cave tour, but also admire scenic rural landscape. The cave is 240 meters deep while the cave tour is 500 meters long. The traces of […]

 Ludi Cave is on the northwestern outskirts of Guilin. It is 5 kilometers far from the downtown. In the Ludi Cave Scenic Spot you could not only enjoy a wonderful cave tour, but also admire scenic rural landscape. The cave is 240 meters deep while the cave tour is 500 meters long. The traces of visitors in the cave could date back to Tang Dynasty. Now the cave has maintained 77 ancient cave paintings.

There is a saying that ‘Guilin’s landscape is the No.1 in the world, while the scenery of Ludi Cave is the best.’ The cave is a pearl in the Guilin’ landscape. It is situated in the southern hillside of Guangming Mountain (Bright Mountain). In this wonderful cave, there are many peculiar-looking stalactites, stalagmites, stone pillars, Shiman, stone flower. These form over 30 sight spots. According to their shapes, they are named as ‘crystal palace’, ‘dragon pagoda’, ‘primitive forest’ and so on. And these sight spots are well-joined; primary sight spots and secondary sight spots are clear. Besides when you are moving forward, the sight spots are also changing. The whole cave resembles a gorgeous underground palace which is decorated with precious stones, coral and jade.

After decades of construction, the service facilities in the Ludi Cave Scenic Spot become more and more perfect. It has Tourists Information Center, lounges for tourists, ecological parking lot which is over 10, 0000 square meters, elegant garden and five-star toilets. Workers keep improving the design of the lamplights in the cave. They take advantage of modern technology and change the lamplights into a dynamic light show. The new design of the cave will bring visitors the new feelings.

Ludi Cave Attractions

Ludi Cave

Taohua River View Spot (Peach Blossom River)

Feiluan Bridge View Spot

Ludi Cave Story

1. The origin of Ludi Cave

Guangming Mountain in which the Ludi Cave is situated originally named Maomaotou Mountain. In the ancient time, the entrance of Ludi Cave was just a little hole only allowed one person to get through. And the hillside was full of reeds, so people could hardly notice the existence of the cave. Even in the ancient books, there is no record about Ludi Cave. Since the eighth year during the reign of Emperor Zhengyuan in Tang Dynasty, in the cave there are over 70 articles which were written on the wall in total (AD 792). The articles were written by ancient visitors in memory of their visits. From the articles, we can see at the beginning people didn’t know

the existence of Ludi Cave. Although the villagers who lived nearby found the wonderful cave long ago, they did not want to tell strangers. Because the cave was their refuge during wartime, so they did not want others find it.

After the liberation of China, people’s lives become safe and secure. The villagers did not need to seek refuge any more. So they told the local government the existence of the cave. In 1959, according to the information the villagers provided, people began to exploit the cave. In 1962, the cave officially opened. As around the entrance of the cave grow reeds which can make flute, so the cave was named as ‘Reed Flute Cave’.

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