Li River is located in the northeast part of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China. Starting from Cat Mountain in Xing’an and ending at Sanjiangkou in Pingle, the river is 164 kilometers long. The length of 83 kilometers from Guilin city to Yangshuo of the river features the most appealing karst scenery to admire, especially the section between Yangdi and Xingping Old Town.
The source of the Li River is surrounded by mountains and bamboo forests. It connects with the ancient Lingyu Canal in Xing’an, which has worked for more than 2,200 years since the Qin Dynasty (221 BC – 207 BC). The river runs past Elephant Trunk Hill, Fubo Hill, and Liberation Bridge in Guilin City which is situated in northeast Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region as well.
The Li River Scenic Area is part of Guilin Karst natural heritage which is part of South China Karst natural heritage. The Li River has typical landscape of the Karst peak clusters on both sides. The Li River is a gem in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, attracting thousands of tourists from all over the country and all the world.
Tourists can enjoy the Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo to admire the natural beauty. Or they can hike along the river from Yangdi to Xingping or just along the section in Yangshuo. In addition, the Xianggong Hill near the Nine-horse Fresco Hills offers the breathtaking sunrise and clouds sea to admire. Tourists can view the sunset at the Reflection of Yellow Cloth Shoal as well. Laozhai Mountain in Xingping Old Town is a great place to enjoy the Li River sunrise as well as sunset.
The Li River is called “Mother River in Guilin Region” for thousands of years. It has fostered locals from generation to generation. Therefore, along the river, you could find tens of old villages, including Liugong Village and Fuli Old Town where you will see old buildings in the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1912). If interested, you can explore these old villages to know more about the local life.