The Lijing River is a place where the best Guilin landscapes gather. The section of the Lijiang River from Guilin to Yangshuo is 83km. If you board the ship at Millstone Wharf or Zhujiang Wharf, the trip will be about 60km. The most beautiful section of the Lijiang River is from the wharf setting out to Xingping, totally 40km long.
In view of aesthetics, the characteristics of the Lijiang can be summed by four words: limpidness, queerness, skillfulness and change.
Limpidness refers to the water in the Lijiang River, which is so clear that people can see the bottom of the river all the year round. Queerness refers to the mountains on the both banks of the River, which are queer and beautiful. Skillfulness refers to the fascinating scenery along the River. When a ship runs along the river, you will appreciate hundreds of hills on both sides of the river, which are well arranged, and the rocks have harmonious patterns and colors, grotesque and gaudy, bright and colorful. Change refers to the changeable scenery along the Lijiang River. During a boat excursion, you can see now a single peak and then a group of peaks, later a vast expanse of land.
A boat excursion down the Lijiang River is like sailing down a scroll on which is painted a traditional Chinese landscape, with green peaks on the both banks, limpid water, deep valleys, sheer precipices, hanging springs and waterfalls, oasis, dangerous shoals, oddly shaped caves, beautiful rocks, and so on. You will pass Caoping, Crown Cave, Yangdi, Xingping, as well as Green Lotus Peak in Yangshuo on the way.
Crown Cave is located in the middle section of the Lijiang River, in the Caoping Hui Township 29km to the south of Guilin city. It is the most attractive part of the River and is praised as a pearl of the Lijiang River. Guilin is famous for its mountains and rivers, and the Crown Cave is famous for its landscapes and queerness.
The Crown Cave consists of three parts. The top two parts are dried karst caves with fantastic stalactites and stalagmites in all strangle shapes, typical karst feature can be found here. The bottom part is a giant subterranean river, you can see an underground stream passes through the cave and then joins the Li River.
The cave boasts the most modern sightseeing facilities in the world. When you finish your water tour, you may take an elevator to the exit of the crown cave. It is the No. 1 elevator for sightseeing in Asia for cave tour. You can also take a small train or sightseeing roller coaster to visit. Of course, you can take a small boat to experience the distinctive views of the underground river.
When a boat goes out of the Erlang Gorge, you will catch a sight of Mural Hill. The sheer face is variegated and has on it extraordinary likenesses of galloping horses. Since ancient times, Mural Hills has attracted numerous tourists. A local saying goes that: One who can find seven horses from Mural Hill will be No.2 scholar in China’s highest imperial examinations; and the one who can find nine horses from it will be No.1 scholar. The fact proves that not many people can find seven horses, but lots of people like to take the challenge. The way to find the horses from the Mural Hill is to look for the horse head first, then its body.
Soon after passing the Mura Hill, you will come to Huangbu, where the riverbed is gentle and wide and the water surface is as smooth as a mirror. Seven peaks stand on both sides of the river, and their reflections in water are like the images of seven fairy maidens in a mirror. Hence it is the best spot for you to appreciate the reflections of the riverside peaks during the whole boat excursion.
Xingping, which is dotted with peaks, villages, beaches, green bamboo, gathers the most fascinating scenery by the Lijiang River. So it is a perfect spot to take pictures of the picturesque Lijiang River.