I shot this image on a hazy August day while on a Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo, in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China. If you happen to have an RMB 20 Yuan note, you can see this image on the back side of the note. This location, where the river takes a big turn at Xingping, is a highlight of the cruise.
Originating from Mao'er Shan (Mountain Cat) in Xing'an county, north of Guilin, the Li River (Lijiang) winds its way south for about 437 km, passing through Guilin City, Yangshuo County, Pingle County and Zhaoping County, and finally meets the Xi (West) River at Wuzhou.
The 83-kilometer-long waterway from Guilin City to Yangshuo County is like an artist's masterpiece. The landscape is decorated with startling hills, steep cliffs, fantastic caves and farming villages, and is lined with bamboo. In a Chinese poem it is written: "The river is a green silk ribbon, and the hills are jade hairpins".
Cormorant fishing is often associated with the Lijiang. Its unusual karst...