Li River Cruise to Yangshuo

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We decided to take a boat to Yangshuo by waterway the next day.

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Our row of boat.

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Not sure if this was all true, but we were placed in the second floor VIP lounge because the real VIPs were late and switched over to the next boat. So their tour guide told our tour guide to go ahead and put us into their VIP lounge.

Regardless, who would refuse a free lunch?

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Our trip has started…

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Many other cruise boat docked on the banks not far from us.

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White cones to indicate places to avoid.

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Fruit sellers paddling on his bamboo raft.

Where he would toss his bundle up to the customer once the deal is done.

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Cooking is done at the back of the boat.

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A small port.

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Town of Guanyan

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Guanyan is named after this rock, which looked like a crown (guanyan literally means “crown rock” in Chinese).

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There is a small cave navigable by water.

the rock not far from the town looked like Chinese water painting.

the mountain beyond looked like a person laying on the back of a donkey.

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Winter swimmer.

Approaching 9 horse paints mountain.

So it was said that you could see 9 horses from the contours and lines of this mountain, could you pick them out?

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Vice Premier Zhou took 3 minutes to figure out all 9 horses…

When Clinton visited here he picked out 8 horses and a donkey…

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The scenery was also printed on 20 RMB bill.

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Me with the bill…

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Another small port for this rock that looked like the hat of the emperor’s advisors back in the day.

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We were wondering what are those white stuff sticking out from the lush green mountains…

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Turned out they are plastic-covered farm fields…

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looked like a raft where you could sit around and fish

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Approaching Yangshuo, were you could see more and more farm fields

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big farms

Where farm fields have cleared out large parts of a mountain

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Arriving at the Yangshuo port.

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The long commercial gallery at the port.

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Stone streets of this ancient city

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Not far from the port is the former residence of one of the most famous Chinese painters, Xu Beihong, known for his specialty in painting horses.

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On the back is a bust of the artist.

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Inside the mansion was some of his earlier works.

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The living room

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From the map, it seemed that the old Yangshuo only got 2-3 big streets.

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Coming into the Old Yangshuo.


Mask shop.

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Loads of restaurants selling beer fish, a specialty in the region.

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River running through the town center.

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Dinner we had stir-fried herbs and beer fish.

2 thoughts on “Li River Cruise to Yangshuo

    • Thanks for visiting Hui! I still think it has gotten too commercialized, but still quite worth a visit!