A picture perfect vista, that cannot be perfected further even in the most creative of imaginations, lies invitingly on the banks of a river that weaves its enchanted path in the north-eastern Guangxi Province. While stories of the ancient, beautiful and precious in their own unique way mystify and glorify the wondrous scenes of timeless beauty, you will find yourself transported to a world of allurement, where the crude forms of the man made machines cease to mar the splendour. The Li River flows charmingly like a perfect dream, as the structures that stand upon it peek through their misty veils.
Cruises along the Li River that take one on a mesmerising journey to the heart of its precious beauty are most popular among tourists to Guangxi Province. The seemingly endless stretches of blue water dazzle under the clear blue skies, while water buffaloes and peasants tend to their fringing paddy fields and fisherman row their bamboo rafts in the same current that pulls you further in.
The sights to behold while on these cruises are indeed immense. These trips take about five hours in an 83 kilometre long journey. The trained guides will explain and narrate stories connected to the scenes that take your breath away on these tours and with that heighten the appeal that the beautiful sceneries naturally posses.
On the river cruise you will pass the Elephant Trunk Hill, situated on the western bank hill, as a mighty elephant drinking water with its trunk, which is often referred to as the land mark of Guilin landscape. The Pagoda Hill will also be witnessed, a hill with a hexagonal pagoda named Longevity Buddha Pagoda (Shoufo Ta) dating back from ancient days. The Yellow Cloth Shoal is yet another magnificent sight you will see, which has inspired many poets and painters over the years. Here a yellow flagstone can be seen under the waters that look more like a piece of yellow cloth and the old stories describe the way fairy maidens, in love with the sight chose to become the seven mountains that fringe the scene. The Reed Flute Rock, Seven Star Park, Mountain of Splendid Hues, Duxiu Peak, Taohua River and the Nanxi Park are among the other prominent attractions of this magical place.
Most tourists do take the cruise along the Li River when visiting Greater China Hotels such as Millennium & Copthorne Hotels China, one of the leading hotels in China, will provide you easy access to see this wonderful river of delights that will render you memories to cherish for a life time.
Nigel Walters is a travel writer, who writes under the pen name, Free Spirit. His content is based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.