Li River

Week 1

Guilin

Some time ago I came across a picture of the karst rocks of the Li River on the internet. The picture was so dramatic with reflections off of the water and a fisherman in his boat. It had me.

Photo credit to Yan Zhang Photography
Photo credit to Yan Zhang Photography

Fast forward to June 2015 I finally got to see it. It was quite cool, reminded a little of the rock formations I see in the Philippines but this one had more of them – a lot actually.

Li River

Li River

It didn’t look as dramatic as I wanted it to be but that’s my fault I went in the middle of the day.

From Guilin proper I had to go to the port area an hour away. There I took a raft down the river which ended in Yangshuo. The river cruise was nice but I think what’s even better is a view from somewhere high.

Boats in Li River

And it was my first time to see a bird used to catch a fish!

A bird fishing in Li River

If you haven’t heard of Guilin before don’t be shocked to find that the southern city is actually quite popular to local tourists. Buses, tour groups (guilty on this one!), and hordes of boats scattered in the river lessened the appeal.

But you may just find a nice family that will “adopt” you, feed you, and walk with you even without exchanging words that you recognize – like this girl’s!

While a lot of people stay in Yangshuo for a few days, day trippers like me had only a couple of hours to spare in the county before heading back. So I spent it in West Street.

West Street

West Street