Cruising Down The Li River From Yangdi To Xiping

Once upon a time, waters of the Southern sea threatened to flood all the villages situated in the South of China. One god was moved by the plight of the poor inhabitants who tried to escape this cataclysm. In order to build a dam to stop the destructive waters, he decided to move the hills, which were rising in the North towards the South. For that, he started to transform the hills to black goats and he took this herd to Guilin. When the animals reached that place, an eerie wind started to blow over the meadows and one by one , the goats took back their original mountain shapes. According to the legend, this is how those Karstic hills, which are famous all over the world, were created.

When taking the river cruise between Guilin and Yangshuo, you will be particularly impressed with the Yangdi-Xiping section. It is the most breathtaking landscape of the Li river. A myriad of hills throw themselves slowly down  to the clear water of the river. Many Chinese poets wrote about this enchanting scenery. They described the hills at “jade growths of bamboo” or as” islands floating over an imaginary sea.” The “9 horses fresco hill” is the main sightseeing destination and the most stunning. An ancient Chinese story relates that, in the past, when the “well read” Chinese came by boat to Guilin, to pass their exams, if they could find the 9 horses on the surface of the hill, they were sure to get the first rank. Can you see them?  I bet that studying hard was, for the students, a more secure way to get the examinations.

Hundreds of cruise boats are leaving Guilin every morning to reach Yangshuo  about 80 km down the river in the afternoon. En route, you will enjoy a Chinese lunch while contemplating the incredible scenery.

While in Yangshuo, you can bike through the Dong’s minority villages and numerous caves. To stay overnight in the Yangshuo area, we especially recommend a good traditional guesthouse run by a young dutch couple. A few years ago, they bought a  compound of old farms that they completely renovated. The rooms are clean and decorated with good taste. The majority of the rooms have air conditioning and hot water www.gigglingtree.com

Bon voyage!

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