There are two famous cruises in China, the Yangtze River cruise (which is usually a multiple day affair) and the Li River cruise (about a four hour trip) that takes you between the picturesque city of Guilin (pronounced the best way I could tell Quillion) and the dramatic mountain retreat of Yangshuo. The Li River cruise is regarded as one of the most beautiful in the world. The cruise takes you down the Li River with beautiful views of the unique karst mountains with their rounded tops. It was cloudy on the day of our cruise, so while we didn’t get the best sunlit photos, the clouds and some fog produced dramatic photos nevertheless.
For some reason, Chinese tour guides like to compare rocky features to various animals etc. There are more than a few of those along the way. Towards the latter part of the cruise (if coming from Guilin) you will see Mural Hill which is said to have nine naturally-shaped images of horses. We didn’t really see the horses, maybe one. The guides were telling us about the time Bill Clinton took the cruise (the Chinese seem to like Bill, but not Hillary so much) and Bill said he could see TEN horses, even more than the Chinese. The Chinese thought he was a genius for seeing so many. Classic Bill Clinton.
There’s a meal along the way, but not very good. When we pulled up alongside similar cruise boats (and there were a lot of them) we could see them cooking the food on a platform on the back of the ship. Didn’t look too sanitary.
The best views of the scenery can be seen from the top deck of the boat. We ended up hanging out on the next deck from the top on the front, with a chair and a cool breeze.
Again, like in other parts of our China trip, there weren’t many Americans and the European countries seemed to be well-represented. For some reason, the Guilin/Li River/Yangshuo area isn’t that well known to many American tourists, but it should be on everybody’s list.