The Li River runs for 49.3 kilometers in the city of Guilin and for 83 kilometers through Guilin to Yangshuo. Evergreen trees on Karst hills along the river witness the city for hundreds of years and even thousands of years. Along the section from Guilin to Yangshuo, Carp on the Wall, Wave Stone Legend, the Pen Peak, the Beautiful Scenery, Nine-horse Fresco Hill, Reflection of Yellow Cloth Shoal – the background of 20 yuan note, the Glove Mountain and Yangdi Scenery are some of the highlights along the river.
Since the early 1970s, the central and the local governments have take measures to control the environmental pollution of the river. They worked well. In addition, since 2012, 7 billion Yuan (1.017 billion US dollars) has been invested into the comprehensive management and ecological protection engineering of the Li River. The ecosystem of the river is getting better and better day by day through the hardwork of locals.
Among the tributaries, Yulong River is the longest in Yangshuo. It is 43.5 kilometers. It flows through Jinbao, Putao, Baisha, Yangshuo, and Gaotian Towns. The highlights along the river are Fuli Old Bridge, Yulong Bridge, Guiyi Old City Site, Xiangui Bridge, Jiuxian Village and Cuiping Hill. In addition, locals offer traditional bamboo rafting on the Yulong River.