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Must-see for Guilin travel - Li River

The beautiful Li River is the connecting waterway between Guilin City Guilin travel and Yangshuo County, which originates on the Maoer Mountain northeast of Guilin.The crystal clear Li River is sandwiched between sheer cliffs dotted with few cascades. A cruise down the river is one of the highlights of a holiday in China. From Guilin to Yangshuo, it winds its way through 83 km (52 miles) of beautiful countryside, with some extraordinary peaks, bamboo groves lining along the riverbank, leisurely water buffalo and picturesque villages. Sometimes the visitor can see a fishing boat slip by with two or more fishing cormorants on board. The local farmers feed the birds for fish catching. They tie a string around the bird's neck just right enough so that that it cannot swallow the fish it may catch.

The Li River was an exceptional place to observe the native farmers as they go about their daily routines. There was much people activity all along the river. Farmers tilling land, duck herders watching over their flocks, people washing laundry in the river, fishermen and much more. Another special treat was seeing so many water buffalos. The World Bank-financed project to protect the ecosystem that exists on both sides of the Li River in Guilin, one of the China's most popular tourist attractions, has made significant progress since earlier 2000.

Passing Scenery and Things to Do

There's something interesting to see from your Li River Guilin tour cruise boat along the banks of almost every bend of the river. You view graceful bamboo groves, farmers tending rice paddies, unique kart hills, lumbering water buffalos pulling carts or cooling off in the river, and fishermen gliding on the Li River on narrow bamboo rafts. Some use tethered cormorants to catch fish.


The Li River vista is particularly mystical when flowing mists weave themselves around the peaks. The vapor hides then exposes the peaks in moments of surprise.

◎Li River Cruise

All the cruise ships are operated by local government. The cruise starts from Zhujiang Dock. It is about 40 minutes drive from Guilin city center, and then 4 to 5 hours cruise will take you to a beautiful and sedate ancient town - Yangshuo.

◎Bamboo rafting

All the bamboo rafts are operated by the local farmers from some of the villages along the river Yangtze River tour. Rafting on the Li River usually from Yangdi to Xingping, or from Yangdi to the Nine Horses Mural Hill, or from Xingping to Yangdi. Bamboo rafting on the Li River is not recommended as it is dangerous and illegal.

◎Hiking along the Li River

The most popular Li River hiking route is from Yangdi to Xingping. The 22 km route covers the essence of Li River. It crosses the Li River three times and passes six nature villages. The entire trip takes five to six hours by foot. Hikers come across many scenic spots, such as Langshi Scenery, Nine Horse Mural Hill and Yellow Cloth Shoal. The road along Li River consists mostly of rice field trails and footpaths. Hikers do not need to climb mountains, and will not get lost since there is only one way.

Main Attractions of the Li River

The attractions throughout the Li river journey are too many to put into words, with every turn and step bringing with it a spellbinding tale of enchanting beauty with it. While some of the places are famed for their unique appeal and aura, some are revered for their artistic charm or for the mystical stories associated with them for centuries.

In the first section, which is from Guilin to Ox Gorge, you can enjoy the following scenery: Elephant Trunk Hill, Rooster Fighting Hill, Pagoda Hill, Forest of Odd Shaped Peaks, Daxu Ancient Town, and Ox Gorge.

In the second section, which is from Ox Gorge (near the Bamboo River Dock and the Millstone Dock) to Water Dropping Village, the most charming scenery of the cruise awaiting you include: Wangfu Rock (Yearning-for-Husband's-Return Rock), Guanyan (Crown Cave), Banbian Du (Half-Side Ferry), Yangdi Village, Nine Horses Mural Hill, Yellow Cloth Shoal, Yucun (Fishing Village),Xingping Town, Shutong Hill, and Yangshuo Town.

Travel Tips

1) If you hike along the river, don't forget to wear good walking shoes. The best hiking time of the River is spring, in this time you can see large field of rape flowers in full blossom. Prepare enough water and food. Prepare small changes if you want to buy water or other snack. Restaurants (operated by local famers) can be found along the way or in Xingping.

2) Bring an umbrella or a rain coat in rainy seasons, and a hat in sunny days. Sun scream should be prepared to protect your skin.

3) Lunch is included in your cruise fee you need not take food during the cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo.

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Find the most beautiful village: Laodabao Village in Pu'er

Please go south after walking out of Lancang county, Pu'er city, Yunnan province China vacation deals. When you walk through the green luxuriant and old-growth forest amid fog all the way, you breathe the fresh air even in midsummer. When the fog becomes thicker, and you will see more Pu'er tea gardens. When you find more bamboos on the way and on the mountain, you are closer to Lahu people's village. When you hear guitar from a faraway village, you are arriving at Laodabao village.

Due to moist climate, you can see pole and hurdle buildings here. Wooden piling, bamboo bridging, and tile hanging can keep the rain and heat off. When you walk into Laodabao, you see numerous Lahu people's cultural sites: bamboo weaving, cloth weaving, farm tool production, top, and Lusheng (a reed-pipe wind instrument representing Lahu people China travel service).

According to the epics passed down from mouth to mouth among Lahu people, the ancestors of Lahu people were born in calabash. Thus, you can find the calabash patterns in buildings, garments, and instruments.

The ancestors of Lahu people were ancient Qiang, who originally lived in Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Tibet tour and then moved to regions including Yunnan and Burma. Laodabao Village has a history of more than 100 years. All villagers in Laodabao are Lahu people. Over 80 percent of villagers can play guitar. Besides, villagers in Laodabao village, who have not received any professional training, are skilled in Lusheng Dance, Bai Dance, and unaccompanied harmonic song.

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Ancient Guiyang villages take visitors back centuries

If you are tired of the water towns in southern China, with their cliched red lanterns, or the uproar in commercial ancient towns such as Lijiang in Yunnan Province, the old town of Qingyan in Guiyang China vacation deals will come as a refreshing change.

Built in 1378 as a military fortress, Qingyan was where the Ming (1368-1644) government stationed its army. Some 300 years later, a chieftan of a Bouyei tribe took control of it and developed it into a town, holding the major pass between today's Guizhou Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

To this day, Qingyan is a quaint destination with primitive simplicity, sitting tranquilly against Shuangshi Peak.

Ascending step by step to its grand front gate, I was overwhelmed by its solemnity. One of the four renowned ancient towns in Guizhou China travel service, Qingyan is entirely built from mountain stones. Even the houses, shops and other dwellings are made with stones and tiles.

Time slowed and uproar faded as I took a walk down zigzag stone alleyways that seem to lead nowhere but always take you on a new journey. The signature alleyway is Beijie, or Back Alley. You may find it quite familiar if you happen to have seen the 2002 film "The Missing Gun" by Chinese director/actor Jiang Wen. It features in one of the key scenes where desperate policeman Ma Shan looked for his gun that has mysteriously disappeared.

In the movie thriller, Qingyan seems like a bleak backwater: the sky always dreary; the stone paths and ancient memorial archways tumbled down; people passing by with sullen faces; vendors crying out for customers in hoarse voices ...

Yet the real Qingyan is quite the contrary.

Morning sun slanted on the stone path of the Back Alley that was still wet with dew; moss covers up the stone walls and roofs; tender grasses spear out through the cracks between the stones, lending vigor and vitality. Dogs lie basking in the sun while children joyfully rush by.

In a popular destination like Qingyan, it was quite a surprise to spot few squealing tourists following guides reciting the same pat speeches to their parties, nor countless repetitious souvenir stores selling similar stuff and playing the same sounds over and over again. Perhaps the best time to visit the old town is on weekdays.

For architecture lovers, Qingyan China Holidays is an eclectic treasure trove. The unique double layered roofs of local dwellings, especially the stores, showcase folk wisdom. Since rainfall is abundant here in Guiyang, the shop owners came up with a second roof just like eyelashes protect the eyes.

The Bouyei and other minority ethnics, Han people and French missionaries have all left their stamp on the history and character of this place. Though there were bloody clashes between the locals and French missionaries in the 1860s, today Buddhist and Taoist temples stand in harmony with Catholic and other Christian churches in this town of 3 square kilometers.

Buddhist pilgrims pour into the temples on the first and 15th day of every month on the lunar calendar, while every Sunday Christians go to the church that stands opposite Chinese memorial archways.

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Three of the eight archways in Qingyan have remained intact for more than a century. It is some kind of architectural miracle as they were all stamped directly into the stoney ground without any base. Take a close look at the vivid and delicate relief sculptures at the bottom of the pillars.

Other architecture worth a visit includes the Wanshou Palace, a guild-hall-turned-Taoist-temple.

A series of marvelous wooden reliefs adorn the theater stage in the yard that features well-known stories from the Three Kingdoms period (AD 220-280) such as the "Hongmen Banquet," "Besieged From All Sides," and "Surrounded On All Sides."

Qingyan also accommodated many relatives of the Red Army during the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression (1937-45).

The father of Zhou Enlai, China's first prime minister after 1949, once took shelter here, as well as Zhou's mother-in-law. Their former residences are preserved for sightseers.

For most locals in Guiyang, the most appealing part of Qingyan town is the food. Take a bite of braised pork knuckle and have a spoonful of rose bingfen (a jelly desert made with seeds). Do not miss the fragrant and sweet gaoba xifan, which is a mix of lotus root starch with steamed flour paste, topped with white sesame, rose petals and nuts. Sticky rose candy wrapped in white sesame and jilajiao (fried chilies with chicken) make great gifts for friends and family.

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