Li River, Guilin

Top 5 things to do in Guilin

Combine the Guilin scenery with spending time on a Li River Cruise, watch how the local fishermen use cormorants to help them, and visit the famous Longji rice terrace. There is a saying to describe the beauty of Guilin “Gulin scenery is the best in it’s world – 桂林山水甲天下”

1. Li River Cruise to Yangshuo

Combining the stunning scenery from Guilin to Yangshuo, a four hours cruise meanders along a stretch of the 426km Li River.

2. Cormorant Fishing Show on the Li River

This ancient form of fishing is part of life for the Li River fishermen and has existed for over one thousand years. The cormorants are able to dive under water and stay there for a long time searching for fish. The bird then catches the fish with its beak and returns to the surface. This practice is best viewed at night when fishermen are equipped with lanterns as the fish are attracted to the lights.

3. The Longji Rice Terraces

The Longji Rice Terraces are a grand set of terraces in Guilin, with Zhuang and Yao indigenous people residing in the area. You can visit the local villages and try the traditional farmers’ dishes, like bamboo rice. From April to May, there are  beautiful reflections coming off the water in the terraces as farmers work the land, preparing for the new season. From May to June, the farmers start planting their rice which offers a spectacular sight with the backdrop of the mountains. In July, the rice paddy starts to grow and the terraces become a rich green colour. After September, the rice crops mature and turn golden in colour offering another beautiful time to visit the Longji Rice Terraces. During these periods the sunrises and sunsets reflect onto the rice terraces, offering some incredible photo opportunities.

4. Hiking and Rock climbing on Moon Hill

Moon Hill,  close to Yangshuo town, is one of the highlights of Yangshuo’s countryside. You can hike up the 800 marble stairs to Moon Hill or follow the established rock climbing route for breathtaking views of the surrounding scenery.

5. Reed Flute Caves

The Reed Flute Caves is one of Guilin’s “must-see” sights, offering a large number of stalactites, stalagmites, stone pillars and rock formations.  This underground palace is further enhanced by the colourful lights on show.

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