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    Yangti

    by solopes Updated Jun 9, 2014

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    Yangti, by Li River

    Descending Li river, you may receive a well detailed map, that gives a name to almost all the geological formations in the banks, and to some villages hidden in the green of the trees.

    Yangti is one of those names, meaning... nothing. We may see one or two roofs, maybe a child by the river, but it's hard to imagine the whole village that stands behind.

    Unless you travel by road, you will stay restricted to the magnificent performance of nature, that slides by your boat, without a real look of Chinese life.

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    Li River banks

    by solopes Updated Dec 22, 2013

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    I was expecting a Li river full of live, with lots of villages bordering it and living on it.

    Wrong.

    We saw animals (not many) and a few houses, but many of them seeming… abandoned.

    I understand that the boats passing by are not significant to the local’s life, and business is only placed at both ends of the itinerary, but water is life, China has billions…

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    Li River Caves

    by solopes Updated Dec 22, 2013

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    Halfway down Li river from Guilin to Yangshuo there’s a promoted cave.

    I don’t know if it is announced for being interesting, or just for being there.

    There were some boats stopped nearby, but I saw no one entering it, and we had no chance to leave the boat, too big to approach the entrance.

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    Lijiang Waterfall Hotel

    by solopes Updated Dec 22, 2013

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    One of the attractions in Guilin is the show that each night, at 8.30 PM, takes place in the rear of the hotel: from the top, a cascade of water descends along the glasses of the wall, with music in the background.

    It is, indeed, the most spectacular way to … wash windows!

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  • Cormorant Fishing

    by hainam90 Written Aug 20, 2013
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    Cormorants are 2 to 3 ft (61 to 92 cm) long, with thick, generally dark plumage and green eyes. The feet are webbed, and the bill is long with the upper mandible terminally hooked. Expert swimmers, cormorants pursue fish underwater.
    Fishing with birds is an old tradition, since ancient times in China, cormorants have been tamed and trained to catch and bring back fish to their owners. Training starts when the young birds are fully grown and feathered.
    The cormorant plunge into the river and catch fish, they can not swallow the fish because their throat is bound by metal collars, (When their work is done the rings are removed so they can eat.) and the fisherman sit in stern of the boat to collect the catch. The boats are flat, narrow rafts consisting of five or six large, round bamboo trunks tied together and upturned at the stern.
    When the evening is coming, a large number of bamboo rafts, the fishermen light the lantern to draw fish, they catch fish 3, 5 hours, even sometimes the whole night. The next day their wives sell fish in the local market while husbands catch fish at night. There are many lanterns on the bamboo rafts just like the stars in the sky. It is amazing. Sometimes you can see the cormorant shining under the lanterns. The fisherman sails slowly on a small boat with trained cormorant birds swimming around the boat. A piece of string is tied around the birds throat so the bird can't swallow. So the cormorant swims and catches fish and stores them in their mouth. One by one the fisherman hooks the bird on a stick, and empties the mouth filled with fish and then puts the bird back in the water to continue the fishing technique! So we followed the boat and watched under torchlight, this unique and clever way of fishing... an atmospheric and interesting boat ride.
    The cormorant fishing is around 45 minutes for the tourists at 7:30 pm each ngiht.
    One good cormorant can catch enough fish to support an entire family.

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    Elephant Trunk Hill.

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jul 11, 2013
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    Elephant Trunk Hill is on the west bank of the Li River. It is one of the symbols of Guilin. This hill gets its name from the fact that it looks a bit like an elephant drinking water from the river. There is a park on the hill called, not surprisingly, Elephant Trunk Hill Park. It's worth a look. It makes a good photo spot.

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    Reed Flute Cave.

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jul 11, 2013
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    As part of our tour we were taken off to see Reed Flute Cave. This is in the north west of Guilin, about 5 kilometers from the centre of Guilin. The cave is famous because of its interesting rock formations. I enjoyed my visit here, but my husband did not. He got sick of our guide continuosly saying things like: ' See, that rock looks exactly like a dragon standing on its head under a huge mushroom'. The poor man wanted to be left alone to see his own images in the rocks; not spend hours being asked 'do you see, do you see'. Well, he's never easy to please - unless beer is involved.

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    Boat Trip down Li River.

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jul 11, 2013

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    Spectacular scenery.
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    This is the reason tourists come here and it is very enjoyable; the scenery is superb. You feel as if you are standing inside a Chinese painting. The trip will take you to the lovely town of Yangshuo.

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    Shan Lake

    by IreneMcKay Written Jul 11, 2013
    Pagodas on Shan Lake.

    On our first evening our guide hurried us out for a boat trip around Guilin's waterways by night. Guilin has 2 rivers and 4 lakes. These are Li river, Peach Flower River, Wooden Dragon Lake, Gui Lake, Rong Lake and Shan Lake. These waterways have been linked together since 2002 and it is possible to travel round them on a tourist sightseeing boat. Various pagodas and fountains and things were lit up at night. Very touristy, but fun. We also took a look at the twin pagodas on Shan Lake by day.

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    Fir Lake

    by solopes Updated Jan 25, 2013

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    Water plays an important role in Guilin.

    A couple of lakes meandering in town complement the river: Fir Lake, edged by a small and cool garden, with its two pagodas, is really nice, and one of the most photogenic points of Guilin.

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    Elephant's Trunk Park

    by solopes Updated Jan 25, 2013

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    Though the elephant’s trunk it is not a remarkable spot, it's easy to understand what it means to locals, enough to justify the arrangement of all the area.

    The small park is well maintained, and it allows some beautiful sights.

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    Reed Flute Cave

    by solopes Updated Jan 25, 2013

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    After a couple of days listening to the guides attaching names to everything that could be promoted for the tourists, I confess that I was expecting a small cave with a few stalactites seeming... bamboo.

    I was positively surprised by the size and beauty of the caves. Of course, each rock and formation won a name and a story, but the cave is very interesting, due to the elaborated game of lights and the contrasts they create.

    Situated only 5 km far from Guilin, they are easy to visit by taxi or bicycle, if you are not in a package as we were.

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    Chuanshan Park and the Tunnel Cave

    by mikelisaanna Updated Aug 22, 2012
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    Chuanshan park is one of Guilin's larger public parks (about 2 square km), and feautures scenic karst hills, caves, and waterfront scenery. You can climb to the tops of the two main hills in the park (about 200 meters high) to get great views of Guilin and the surrounding countryside. The routes to the top are paved with hundreds of stairs to make the climb more convenient.

    At the base of one of the hills lies the Tunnel Cave, one of Guilin's more scenic caves. There is an admission charge to tour the cave. Group tours enter the cave regularly during the day with Chinese-speaking guides. However, some of the signs inside the cave also have English. The cave contains numerous stalactitesstalagmites, and rock curtains, which are lit, as in most scenic Chinese caves, with a variety of colored lights. There is a second, smaller cave, called the Moon Cave located about halfway up the mountain.

    There are a number of places within the park where you can buy refreshments and souvenirs. The biggest concentration of souvenir vendors is located at the exit to the Tunnel Cave.

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    Evening Boat Tour of the Lakes

    by mikelisaanna Updated Aug 22, 2012

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    One of Guilin's interesting bridges
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    Every evening, a number of tourist boats provide tours of Guilin's lakes, which are beautifully lit up at night, with spotlights in the lakeside trees and lights on many of the lakeside buildings. Along the way you will see fisherman using cormorant birds to help them catch fish. You will also be able to hear numerous singers and musicians who are providing entertainment at lakeside cafes that you will pass by.

    One of the things that I enjoyed were seeing the various bridges across the lake, which were built to resemble famous bridges from around the world. At the far end of the tour, the boats spend a few minutes in a tourist village with entertainers singing and dancing while wearing costumes from some of the region's ethnic minorities.

    The boat tour is very touristy and we were skeptical about taking it. However, we enjoyed it very much were glad that our friends talked us into going on it.

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    Reed Flute Cave

    by mikelisaanna Updated Aug 21, 2012
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    The Reed Flute Cave, located about 5 miles outside of Guilin, is the most impressive cave in the Guilin area. The cave is full of interesting rock formations, including stalactities, stalagmites and curtains. It takes about an hour to tour the cave. You enter with a guided tour, but can separate from the tour and proceed on your own once you are in the cave.

    Many of the more interesting rock formations are lit up with various colors of light. In the middle of cave, there is a large room in which they do a laser light show about every 15 minutes. After that, there is a section that you can pay a few RMB extra to visit, which has a mixture of interesting rock formations and turtles. Our daughter enjoyed petting one of the turtles.

    After you leave the cave, you have to run a gauntlet of souvenir vendors. If you want to buy something, hold out and drive a hard bargain. We were able to buy a book about Guilin's caves for about 20% of what the first vendor offer to sell it to us for.

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