The Li River is nestled in a beautiful valley which could be derived from a fairy tale. Closer to the small village of Yangshuo, the landscape is impressive. A Chinese proverb says "the landscapes of mountains and rivers in Guilin are the finest that exist under the sky". These small villages in the middle of the fields and groves of bamboo within the background the gigantic Karst peaks are amazing. The Li River gives additional charm to the landscape. These mountains of Sugar Breads are reflected in the water of the river and recall traditional Chinese paintings to the enchanting scenery. The scenery offered in the region is so beautiful that they are represented on the back of 20 RMB banknotes.
The magical landscapes are even more beautiful in the morning, when the river and its banks are lost in the mist and the karst peaks seem to come from nowhere. Several celebrities have failed to resist the charm of these landscapes. Among them: Bill Gates, Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon. The latter (Richard Nixon) has even stated, "I visited hundreds of cities in more than 80 countries, none of them can compete with the beauty of Guilin".
If you like hiking, it is possible to make the most interesting part of the walking tour along the banks of Li River of some distance from Guilin to Yangshuo.
But, if you want to go to tread of the water and simply to admire the landscapes that are available to you, you can ride in a boat between Guilin and Yangshuo. The cruise starts about 8 o´clock in the morning and lasts about 5 hours and yes, lunch is offered as you´re on board.
While on the boat cruise, you´ll discover the beautiful landscapes of the region and can also admire the banks´ most important sites; you will see the Elephant Trunk Hill, Gudong fall and small fishing villages.
The Reed Flute Cave
Elephant Trunk Hill
Folded Brocade Hill
Seven Star Park
Longji Rice Terraces
Jinkeng Rice Terraces
Cycling in the Countryside of Yangshuo
Big Banyan Tree
Fuli Ancient Town
Yulong River Bamboo Rafting
Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge