The Li River
It is now an area known for its green hills, clear waters, unusual rock formations and caves. Sheer limestone peaks covered in lush vegetation dominate the area, rising up from flat plains and lining the banks of the Li River.
The Li River meanders between the town of Guilin and the smaller market town of Yangshuo and a lovely way to view the landscape is to board a cruise between the two. The journey takes just over 3 hours and as well as the spectacular scenery offers a chance to see some of the local life as you pass small riverside villages, Water wheels irrigating the fields and local men fishing with cormorants from bamboo rafts. Yangshuo itself is a lovely place to spend a few days, with a laid back feel and market stalls, bars and restaurants lining the cobbled streets plus the opportunity to explore the surrounding countryside on foot or by bicycle.