The Li River lies in Guangxi province of China. It is thought to hold the most gorgeous mountains, and hills. It seems like heaven on the earth. Guangxi Province has been attracted by Chinese painters and writers for thirteen centuries who have tried to capture its strange formations on paper.
A sail down the Li River is like entering a classic Chinese scroll painting of fog, mountains, and rivers. From Guilin, the jade-green Li wends its way through impressive, almost dreamlike scenery of humpbacked and weather-beaten shapes with fanciful names like Bat Hill, Five Tigers Catch a Goat, and Painting Brush Peak. The enduring riverside landscape looks unaware to the constant stream of tour boats that work single-file past picturesque villages where young boys take bath, the family water buffalo, women wash their clothes, and farmers cultivate the rice fields. Some fishermen on skinny bamboo rafts still employ cormorants that are trained to dive and trap fish in their beaks. A ring placed around their necks stops them from swallowing the catch.
The small town of Yangshuo is the southern end of the cruises, and though it may not be the “Real China offering “American Brunch” have sprung up to cater to foreign tourists— prices are cheap, the locals are friendly, and everyone speaks English. A bike ride through the surrounding green plains and the forest-covered limestone peaks lets you to see some of China’s most amazing panorama. Some of the peaks can even be climbed: From the summit at Moon Rock, a dramatic army of uneven peaks goes marching off into the distance. For back-lane scenes of customary China and even more outstanding scenery, the rural riverside village of Xingping is an hour’s bike ride away past emerald-green rice paddies and striking landscapes. Here are some beautiful photos of Li River