The Li River or Lijiang stretches from Guilin to Yangshuo in Guanxi Province, winding between mystical karst mountains and lush green fields.
It flows for 52 miles, starting in the Mao’er Mountains, and ending in Pingle where it meets the Lipu and Gongcheng Rivers, forming the Gui River.
This popular poem describes the landscape:
The river is a green silk ribbon, and the hills are jade hairpins
You can take a trip on a bamboo raft or motor boat to enjoy the breathtaking views, and tranquil pace of life in rural China. This is also one of the few places where you can see the ancient art of cormorant fishing.
Other attractions include Seven-Star Park, the Mountain of Splendid Hues, and Elephant Trunk Hill.
The area is known as the Guilin Scenic Zone, and covers over 1,100 square miles. It has been occupied for at least 7,000 years.
China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang of the Qin Dynasty, set up Guilin Prefecture, and ordered the creation of the Lingqu Canal in 214 B.C. to link the Li River to the Xiangjiang River, forming the world’s oldest remaining canal.
Later, during the Song Dynasty, the city gained its reputation for beauty and uniqueness: “Among all the mountains and waters, Guilin is the best.”
Research by Ming Yue