What You Can See Along the Li River

On November 14, 2011, in Cruises, Guilin, Nature Scenery, by Jack Li

Your Guilin tour will not be complete unless you travel on the Li River. On the Li River you will be able to see water buffalo swimming. If you look toward the land you can observe peasants reaping the rice paddies. School kids and fishing will float by on bamboo rafts. The most important scenery […]

Your Guilin tour will not be complete unless you travel on the Li River. On the Li River you will be able to see water buffalo swimming. If you look toward the land you can observe peasants reaping the rice paddies. School kids and fishing will float by on bamboo rafts. The most important scenery you will witness is the breath taking beauty of the scenery around. So travel to Guilin and see for yourself the amazing scenery of Li River.     

The 4 hour picturesque Li River cruise from Zhujiang Pier of Guilin downstream to Yangshuo is a must for any tourist when they come to Guilin. The boats are always double deck boats equipped with air-conditioners, tables and chairs and toilets. You may go out to stand on the open deck to enjoy the view along the Li River. Some people still live in their villages surrounded by rice paddies, bamboo forests and green hills along the river, their ducks and water-buffalos swimming in the river and their cormorants sleeping on the fishing bamboo rafts in the day and their orchards and tea plantation spreading all the way up to the mountain top. Thanks to local tourism authorities and tourism industry development in these years, more and more middle generation people are coming back home from the coastal industrial cities and their hard labor jobs as they may provide beds and accommodation, food and travel service to the increasing domestic tourists. Local villages give up building bridges over the rive as they want to protect their environment and they know more than any others what it means to them, they clean the trash after raining season, they maintain the banks in low season, they plant more trees and bamboo to make it more beautiful, and of course local governments invest on villages roads…

The Li River will be worth your time. It will give you memories that you will never want to forget. If you are across the country and decided that you want to go see the Li River for your self then book a Guilin flight it will get you there fast.

Guilin Tours: Li River Cruise

On March 15, 2011, in Cool Places, Featured China Stories, by Jack Li

I’ve always been deeply attracted by the picturesque natural scenery in China, so when planning my China Tours, I firstly chose Guilin Tours. Experiencing the romantic atmosphere, I appreciated the charming wonders in Li River. We boarded two pleasure boats at 8:30 a.m. for a spectacular five-hour cruise along the winding Li River. The boats […]

I’ve always been deeply attracted by the picturesque natural scenery in China, so when planning my China Tours, I firstly chose Guilin Tours. Experiencing the romantic atmosphere, I appreciated the charming wonders in Li River.

We boarded two pleasure boats at 8:30 a.m. for a spectacular five-hour cruise along the winding Li River. The boats travelled approximately 25 km down the 80 km river, and then turned back to dock at Yangdi, a small village at the foot of two mountains (said to resemble the horns of a sheep). Every boatload of tourists was met by hundreds of local peasants, all eager to profit by selling whatever they could to the foreigners. In the past, boats landed at Yangshuo, another small town, but because of the deteriorating condition of the road leading to Guilin, this return bus route had been discontinued.

Legend told us that every sailor drowned in the Li would transformed into a demon clutching at the boats which navigate the rapids. As the launch floated past villages, bamboo groves, and mist-shrouded crags, one had the sensation of being carried backwards in time through a traditional Chinese painting. Local river rafts are still physically towed upstream in convoys. A few are still towed by men and women in harness.

 

Along the way, famous rock formations came into view: Elephant Trunk Hill, just outside Guilin, suggests an elephant drinking from the river; Old Man Mountain resembles the head and neck of a man in profile; and the varicolored vines on the rock of Mural Hill, also known as Nine-horse Hill, resemble horses in different poses, one neighing, another bending to drink, a third lying down.

The boat passed through the Luogu Rapids, where the sound of the rushing water was something similar to gongs and drums. Further along loom Folded Brocade Hill, with its multicolored vegetation, and Crescent Moon Hill, whose summit contained a cave shaped like a half moon. The two hour bus ride back to Guilin from Yangdi provided a fleeting glimpse of typical Guangxi Country side.

Green hills, clear water, fantastic caves and spectacular rocks create a lovely and distinctly Chinese landscape, one instantly recognizable from  images on silk, porcelain and even the back of 20 Yuan RMB.

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