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Li River
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   Li River
Li River
(lí jiāng 漓江) is located in eastern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (guǎng xī zhuàng zú zì zhì qū 广西壮族自治区).The river originates from the Yuecheng Mountain Range (yuè chéng lǐng 越城岭) in northern Guangxi and flows through Guilin (guì lín 桂林), Yangshuo (yáng shuò 阳朔) and Pingle (píng lè 平乐), down into the Xijiang River (xī jiāng 西江), the western tributary of the Pearl River (zhū jiāng 珠江). 437 of Li River’s course is flanked by green hills. The Li River Scenic Area is the largest and most beautiful karst site in the world, like a bright pearl shinning among all the landscapes in China.

Elephant Trunk Hill Along the river, there are the Elephant Trunk Hill (xiàng bí shān 象鼻山), Zizhou Island (zī zhōu 訾洲), Douji Mountain (dòu jī shān 斗鸡山), Jingping Mountain (jìng píng shān 净瓶山), Fuzi Cave (fù zǐ yán 父子岩), Weijia Ferry (wèi jiā dù 卫家渡), Qifeng Town (qí fēng zhèn 奇峰镇) and the Huangniu Gorge (huáng niú xiá 黄牛峡).

Elephant Trunk Hill is located at the confluence of the Li River and Taohua River (táo huā jiāng 桃花江). It is like an elephant trunk drinking water on the river bank. Opposite to the Elephant Trunk Hill, there is a sand island called Zizhou Island. In the light rain, the island seems as covering by a coated abrasive. Zizhou in the Rain (zī zhōu yān yǔ 訾洲烟雨) is one of the Eight Wonders in Guilin (guì lín bā jǐng 桂林八景).

  Li River
On the east bank of the Li River, there is the Chuanshan Mountain (chuān shān 穿山) and Guishan Mountain (guī shān 龟山), which are like two gamecocks, hence the name Douji Mountain. While on the right bank of the river, there is the mountain like a half vase lying there. In the Fuzi Cave there are two huge rocks. The one at the entrance of the cave is like a child, and the one inside the cave is like an old man with bold head. Weijia Ferry is famous for the Chinese water chestnut. Outside the Qifeng Town, there are various peaks and mountains erecting to the sky. On the highest peak, there is a hole like a moon hanging on the mountain. Down river, there are nine peaks like nine cows. They are also called Leipi Mountain (léi pī shān 雷劈山), because it is like splitting by thunder.

Douji MountainThe scenery of the Li River is varied according to different weather. When it is sunny, you can enjoy the inverted image in the river. When it is cloudy and rainy, the mountains are covered with fog, partly hidden and partly visible. Li River

Li River is like a green belt, dotted in the mountains. The sceneries along the river make the river a colorful scroll painting. It is regarded as the picture gallery. Traveling along the river, you will feel like in the paradise.

Qifeng Peak
Li River

Li River
Xingan County (xīng ān xiàn 兴安县), Guilin City
Admission fee: RMB 190 (off season)
                        RMB 210 (busy season)
Opening hours: 7:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Transportation: you can take bus No. 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58 in Guilin, and then get off at Lijiang River.
Attractions nearby: Elephant Trunk HillYinziyan Scenic AreaReed Flute CaveSeven Stars Park