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Li River, situated in Guilin City of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, is a bright pearl on the list of China's tourist attractions and it is the highlight of sightseeing tour in Guilin. The 83-km-long waterway from Guilin to Yangshuo is the masterpiece of Li River, decorated with rolling hills, steep cliffs, fantastic caves, leisurely boats and lined bamboos which is just like enjoying a melodious symphony. Hanyu vividly described the enchanting beauty of the Lijiang River in his poem: The River looks like a blue silk ribbon, and the mountains resemble emerald hairpins".
The poetic and picturesque Li River originates in Mountain Cat at Xinan County in the northeast of Guilin. It winds and meanders its way for 170 kilometers, passing through Guilin, Yangshuo to the outlet of Gongchen River in Pingle County. Li River, according to its different scenes, may be divided into three sections: Guilin to Ox Gorge, Ox Gorge to Water-Dropping Village, and Water-Dropping Village to Yangshuo.
Along the river, the rolling peaks, steep cliffs, green hills and clear water constitute a fascinating hundred-mile pictures gallery. The crystal clear Li River is located amid precipitous peaks hung with waterfalls. Among poems singing the praise of its beauty are these tow lines: "He who travels in Guilin hills finds himself in a fairyland", and "He who sails along the Li River finds himself boating in a sweet dream."
The most beautiful scenes of Guilin scenery are found along the Li River. The hills beyond hills with their reflections in the crystal water are like fairy land, the green bamboo greets you all the way along the river in the breeze; the water buffaloes eating grass casually; the ducks swimming along the river; the fisherman fishing or catnapping on the bamboo rafts with his cormorants resting peacefully next to him, it's God dotted landscape. "Serenity" is a word poet tried to describe, "story-book-mountains" is kids say about the hills. Chinese traditional paintings are what Chinese artists have being trying to depict the scenery for thousands of years. But the natural beauty of the Li River is indeed beyond any descriptions, you have to be there to see with your own eyes and to feel with your own heart.
The Li River is famous for its beauty of four unique: verdant mountains, fragrant waters, mysterious grottoes, and exquisite rocks. Along the river, there are deep pools, dangerous shoals, murmuring springs, and roaring waterfalls.
Li River Travel Guide
Li River, originating from Mao’er Mountain, flows from Guilin to Yangshuo for 83 km.
- Li River Scenic Area is one of the largest and most beautiful karst landscape recreational area
- Li River is the scream of the landscape in Guilin
- It is always said that” Guilin's scenery is the best in the world”.
Time for a Visit
Best Time to Visit
April to October
Recommended Guilin Tour: 4 Days Highlight Guilin and Li River (Attractions: Li River, Seven Star Park, Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill)
Map of Li River
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Recommended Guilin Tours
- 3 Days Guilin Elite Tour
(Li River, Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave)
- 4 Days Essence Guilin Group Tour
(Li River, Elephant Trunk Hill, Fubo Hill, Reed Flute Cave, Seven Star Park)
- 4 Days Longji Rice Terraces and Li River Cruise Tour
(Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave, Longji Rice Terraces, Li River, Ping'an Zhuang Village, West Street)
- 4 Days Guilin Highlight Tour
(Li River, Seven Star Park, Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill)
- 5 Days Tour from Guilin to Huangyao Ancient Town
(Li River, Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave, Huangyao Ancient Town, Mt. Gupo National Forest Park)
- 5 Days Yangshuo Cooking and Cycling Tour
(Li River, Yangshuo Cooking Lesson, Yangshuo Cycling, Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave, Seven Stars Park)
- 5 Days Guilin Golf Tour
(Maryland Golf Club, Li River Cruise)
- 5 Days Tour from Guangzhou to Guilin
(Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Memorial Hall, Temple of Chen Family, Temple of the Six Banyan Trees, Shamian Island, Li River, Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill)
- 5 Days Scenery Guilin to Longsheng and Yangshuo
(Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave, Longji Rice Terraces, Li River Cruise, Pingan Zhuang Village, West Street, Moon Hill)
- 5 Days Tour from Guilin to Yangshuo
(Li River, Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill, Seven Star Park, Moon Hill, Big Banyan Tree)
- 5 Days Yangshuo Tai Chi Chuan Experience Tour
(Li River, Yangshuo Countryside, Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill, Seven Star Park)