Li River Cruise, China
The north-eastern Guangxi Province in China hosts the sublime River Li. What you’re facing is a four to five hour cruise (about 83 kms.) from Guilin (you’ll find it south of the Liberation Bridge) to Yangshuo. This is no ordinary boat ride, so to speak. The sights are in themselves something to reckon with, such is the height of their beauty. From the peaks and villages, to the overall scenery, your jaw is sure to drop in awe of Nature’s magic, something a cruise on the Li River promises and delivers.
Of course, there’s going to be a tour guide who makes the word boring seem non-existent. These guides are trained to put what you’re seeing into words that get to the very essence of the land’s history and culture.
Li River Cruise Sections
There are three sections to Li River Cruise. The first takes you through Elephant Trunk Hill with its superb land-shapes, especially the areas where it lives up to its name. Then there’s Pagoda Hill which traces its roots back to the Ming Dynasty. Lastly, you have Daxu Town, with Ming influences clearly visible, and where you can get off to explore the wonder, secrets and marvels of this thriving community.
The next section of the river cruise introduces you to Crown Cave, where some of the loveliest water-eroded shapes can be seen. The Cave comes equipped with modern technologies that make it easier to appreciate the place. You then head on to Half-Side Ferry, where a gigantic natural rock-setting gives credence to why the place is named so.
The second section continues with a trip from Yangdi to Xingping, along which you get to enjoy quintessential Chinese sights like rice paddies, water buffaloes, ducks, peasants and their villages, cormorants as they catch fish and more besides. Mural Hill is a favorite sight along his route.
The cormorants along this stretch are very active. You get to photograph some amazing fishing made on their parts. Speaking of which, fisherman also call this section a place of work and you’ll see them using their signature technique.
Yellow Cloth Shoal is next, with its seven green peaks and drowned yellow flagstone. You can expect to see plenty of cultural and historical influences here as well. After this comes Xingping, a village that’s purportedly 500 years old and still occupied. The scenic nature of the place is a must-see.
The third section of the Li River Cruise brings you to Yangshuo, where modernity comes alive amidst a landscape as old as time. From hiking to cycling, and restaurants to shopping, you’re sure to conclude your cruise on River Li in a way that befits it, with dignity, memories and charm.