Cruise Down the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo


We both agree that the day we took a cruise down the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo was our absolute favorite day in China. The scenery was magical; breathtakingly, hauntingly beautiful. We started our cruise at Zhujiang Wharf.
A typical Chinese raft consisting of four to six pieces of bamboo tied together.
This boat is a small step up from the bamboo raft and has a motor, although it doesn't move much faster.
Between Guilin and Yangshuo, the Li River travels 83 kilometers and it took us 4 hours by boat.
Along the river banks are spectacular landscapes, elegant hills, towering peaks, variegated cliffs, odd shaped crags, deep pools, rushing springs, large caves and plunging waterfalls. And if dragons do exist, surely their home is along the Li River!
Many Chinese fisherman use the giant cormorant bird to help them catch fish. They carefully train the birds, to catch fish, then give them up to their masters. They tie cords around their necks, so that the birds can't swallow, for a little added insurance.
The people of Guilin have a saying, “One hundred miles Lí Jiang River, one hundred miles art gallery.”
The limestone peaks alongside the Li River are filled with caves.
Han Yu, a great poet from the Tang Dynasty, wrote a popular poem to praise the beautiful scenery of the Li River. “The river winds like a blue silk ribbon, while the hills erect like green jade hairpins.”
For the first day of April, spring decided to make its presence known, and it lightly rained and misted throughout our cruise, which made for magical photos of hills shrouded in mist.
A lone man selling his wares on the river.
This is “Yearning for Husband Rock,” because it looks like a woman carrying a baby and yearning for her husband to return.
Ah.... don't we look cute and cold?
This one is our favorite.
A row of cormorant “fishing” birds floating on a log.
A charming house boat complete with cormorants on a raft.
Since words can not describe how beautiful the shores of the Li River are, we took over 150 photos! Nina flat out refused to write captions for 100 plus photos of landscapes, so please enjoy a huge group of photos from our Li River cruise, with minimal captions!
First, enjoy scenery from the Caoping area along the Li River.
The famous Crown Cave, which resembles an ancient Chinese imperial crown in purple and gold.
This rock formation is referred to as the Celestial Being.
This hill is famous for having the image of Don Quixote emblazoned on the rocks.
Caoping is a Muslim village and is inhabited by the Hui minority people.
This rock formation is known as “Writing Brush Peak.”
Water buffalo graze on the side of the Li River.
Now, enjoy the scenery from the Yangdi area of the Li River.
These hills are said to look like upside down goat hooves, which is how the village of Yangdi got its name.
Next, enjoy some scenery from the Xialong region of the Li River.
This peak is known as the “Painted Hill of Nine Horses.” Apparently, some people can find the pattern of nine horses on the side of this hill, Nina could only find three.
Nearing the town of Xingping, we saw a little market on the banks of the river.
Here are photos from the Xingping area of the Li River.
This group of hills is known as “Five Fingers Hill.”
This cone shaped hill is called “River Snail Hill.”
We had a greasy buffet lunch on board the boat, which left a lot to be desired. However, we sat at a table with some very interesting people: a German couple, an Italian couple and two Chinese men. The Germans spoke English; doctor and nurse from Hamburg. They have blue eyed blond twins and were telling us stories about how the Chinese were obsessed with them (Nina could relate). Meanwhile, a group of female tourists next to us sang folk songs in Hebrew, Polish, Czech, Romanian.... We had no idea...
What an ideal fishing spot!
These are shots of Longtou Hill, just before we reached the town of Yangshuo.

We spent the night in the village of Yangshuo before heading back to Guilin the next morning.  For pictures from Yangshuo, please click here.


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