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Li River: Guilin to Yangshuo Down the Green Silk Ribbon

The Li River is the main river system of Northeast Guangxi. Originating from Maoer Shan (Cat Mountain) in Xing’an county, north of Guilin, the Li River winds its way south for about 437 km (272 miles), passing through Guilin, Yangshuo, Pingle and Zhaoping, and finally meets the Xi (West) River at Wuzhou.

The 83-kilometer-long section between Guilin and Yangshuo is the essence and the most beautiful part. The landscape is decorated with startling hills, steep cliffs, fantastic caves and farming villages, and is lined with bamboo groves. In a Chinese poem it is written: “The river is a green silk ribbon, and the hills are jade hairpins.”

We floated down the Li River on April 25, 2010, as part of our trip throughout Asia.

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