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The cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo was very enjoyable and took about three hours.

Guilin/Yangshuo Tour of Scenic & Historic Sights


Reed Flute Caves, Li River Cruise, & Guilin

Yangshuo & Limestone Karst Mountains

Impression Liu Sanjie Light Show

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Stalactites and stalagmites shown with colored lights in the Reed Flute Cave in Guilin.

Stalactites and stalagmites shown with colored lights in the Reed Flute Cave in Guilin.

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Tour Beijing to Shanghai with Yangtze River Cruise

We were on a Wendy Wu escorted tour of China which is reviewed in the China Intro Page. The tour started in Beijing, where there were three nights on the tour including the Great Wall. From Beijing we flew to Xian where we stayed for two nights and saw the Terracotta Warriors. From Xian we flew to Wuhan where we were taken by motor coach to the Yangtze River at Yichang. There we boarded the Victoria Katarina river cruise ship and stayed for four nights. Both the ship and amazing crew shows are reviewed. For a description of the daily shore excursions see the Yangtze River Excursions. We left the cruise ship in Chongqing. From there we flew to Guilin where we spent one night. From Guilin we took a river cruise boat on the Li River to Yangshuo where we stayed two nights in the presence of gorgeous scenery. Guilin, the Li River, and Yangshuo are described here. The tour ended with two nights in Shanghai. Contact Us for more information.

Reed Flute Caves

Formations lit by colored lights with their reflection in water in the Reed Flute Cave.

Formations lit by colored lights with their reflection in water in the Reed Flute Cave.

After visiting the Pandas we were taken to the Chongqing airport where we had a wonderful lunch of noodles, a speciality in the area. We then flew to Guilin; the flight took about an hour an twenty minutes. Upon arrival in Guilin we toured the Reed Flute Caves. The caves are named after reeds once found at the cave entrance that were used to make flutes. The caves had numerous stalactites and stalagmites that were beautifully lit with colorful lighting. See the picture at the top of this page and the one above. From the caves we went to see the South China Pearl Museum and learned about pearls. Dinner was at a high quality restaurant and the night was spent at a hotel in Guilin.

Li River Cruise

The Li River with boats backed by the beautiful limeston karst topography.

The Li River with boats backed by the beautiful limestone karst topography.

After breakfast at the hotel we boarded a boat with about 100 passengers for a cruise on the Li River. Along the way we saw spectacular scenery, especially of many karst limestone mountains with sharp triangular shaped peaks, as seen in the picture above. There were many boats in the river.

A goat on the riverbank of the Li River seen from ship.

A goat on the riverbank of the Li River seen from ship.

From time to time we spotted animals on the riverbanks. A goat is seen above and a grazing water buffalo is pictured below. Lunch was on the boat.

Sunny and Rebecca in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.

A water buffalo on the riverbank of the Li River seen from ship.

The cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo was very enjoyable and took about three hours. Lunch was on the boat.

Sunny and Rebecca on ship on the Li River with limestone Karst background.

Sunny and Rebecca on ship on the Li River with karst mountains in the background.

Above we are pictured on the boat with the Karst mountains in the background. Below is another picture with the peaked mountains along the river. Between the Karst limestone topography and the boats in the river there were many photo opportunities.

Sunny and Rebecca in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.

Picturesque view of the Li River and boats.

Yangshuo

Shops near the hotel in Yangshuo.

Shops near the hotel in Yangshuo.

Once we reached Yangshuo we walked through a market, shown above, to our hotel where we spent two nights. The afternoon was at our leisure.

The sharp peaked mountains are seen in many directions in Yangshuo.

The sharp peaked mountains are seen in many directions in Yangshuo.

In Yangshuo you can look in just about any direction and see the karst mountains, such as seen in the above picture.

Impression Liu Sanjie Light Show

Scene from the Impression Liu Sanjie Show Performed at night in the Li River.

Scene from the Impression Liu Sanjie Show Performed at night in the Li River.

Dinner was at our hotel, which was served on a very large round table big enough to seat all of us on the tour. That evening we saw the spectacular Impression Liu Sanjie Light Show in what is said to be the largest natural theater in the world. This was an optional excursion, and it was directed by Zhang Yimou the creator of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony. The performers were dressed in beautiful costumes as seen in the picture above.

Scene from the Impression Liu Sanjie Show Performed at night in the Li River.

Scene from the Impression Liu Sanjie Show Performed at night in the Li River.

The show takes place in the Li River and on its riverbanks in Yangshuo. It has an enormous cast of six hundred local performers. The show is a love story about a woman named Liu Sanjie that has a beautiful voice and is in love with a local farmer boy. A warlord wants Liu Sanjie for himself and he kidnaps her. Her lover and the village people rescue Liu and the couple live happily ever after. The different routines presented included music and special lighting with torches carried by the actors and beautiful colored spot lights on the performers. In addition, twelve of the gorgeous karst mountains are lit the background. The show was very well done and is not to be missed. Note the scenes shown above and below.

Scene from the Impression Liu Sanjie Show Performed at night in the Li River.

Scene from the Impression Liu Sanjie Show Performed at night in the Li River.

A Walk through the Yangshuo Countryside

A beautiful and fascinating walk in the countryside near Yangshuo.

A beautiful and fascinating walk in the countryside near Yangshuo.

After breakfast we spent the morning on a long and peaceful walk through the Yangshuo countryside with our local guide Ping (Effie). The beauty of this part of China is stunning, and must be one of the most beautiful places on our planet. Whether it be the jagged peaks of the karst mountains, the greenery of the surrounding landscape, or the river with fascinating boats the view is magnificent. Above our tour group is starting out on the walk.

The growing of vegetables seen on the walk.

The growing of vegetables seen on the walk.

In the above picture vegetables planted by the local people are growing. Below the boats in the river and the mountains in the background make for a lovely picture.

Boats in a river seen on the walk.

Boats in a river seen on the walk.


A tomb, one of many, seen along the path during the walk.

A tomb, one of many, seen along the path during the walk.

On our walk we saw many tombs along the path, such as the one seen in the above picture. Below a farmer with the help of an ox is working the ground.

A farmer with oxen working the soil seen on the walk.

A farmer with ox working the soil seen on the walk.


Local guide Ping (Effie) in Guilin, Li River, Yangshuo, and countryside.

Local guide Ping (Effie) in Guilin, Li River, Yangshuo, and countryside.

Our local guide was Ping (Effie). She is pictured above in the very attractive countryside. Below is landscape picture of the area.

A view of the countryside seen on our walk.

A view of the countryside seen on our walk.


Youngsters playing basketball seen on walk.

Youngsters playing basketball seen on walk.

It was interesting to see the young boys pictured above playing basketball. Below a family was coming toward me in their motorized vehicle. I quickly snapped their picture. Note the smiles on their faces. The Chinese people are very friendly and enjoy seeing visitors from the western world.

Family in their motorized vehicle seen on walk.

Family in their motorized vehicle seen on walk.

Fishing Demonstration with Cormorants

Cormorants (birds) trained to dive for fish and bring back to the fisherman.

Cormorants (birds) trained to dive for fish and bring back to the fisherman.

The afternoon was free time to relax. Lunch was at a restaurant and dinner again at the hotel and the large round table. In the evening we walked to the Li River where we saw a fishing demonstration. The fisherman used cormorants (birds) trained to dive into the water and catch fish in their mouths without eating them, and instead present the fish to the fisherman. After catching a number of fish the cormorants are rewarded with a fish to eat. Following the fishing demonstration we walked back to the hotel. As is common in all of the cities we saw many people on the sidewalks and walking in streets.

Tour Beijing to Shanghai with Yangtze River Cruise

We were on a Wendy Wu escorted tour of China which is reviewed in the China Intro Page. The tour started in Beijing, where there were three nights on the tour including the Great Wall. From Beijing we flew to Xian where we stayed for two nights and saw the Terracotta Warriors. From Xian we flew to Wuhan where we were taken by motor coach to the Yangtze River at Yichang. There we boarded the Victoria Katarina river cruise ship and stayed for four nights. Both the ship and amazing crew shows are reviewed. For a description of the daily shore excursions see the Yangtze River Excursions. We left the cruise ship in Chongqing. From there we flew to Guilin where we spent one night. From Guilin we took a river cruise boat on the Li River to Yangshuo where we stayed two nights in the presence of gorgeous scenery. Guilin, the Li River, and Yangshuo are described here. The tour ended with two nights in Shanghai. Contact Us for more information.

Photos by Sunny Breeding. Photo of us by Ping. We sell images and prints.