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Sunday, April 26, 2009

River Cruises

Most people know about the Yangtze River and the famous cruise through the beautiful Gorges and the new Yangtze River Dam Locks. Few people know about another cruise which is equally beautiful but just a day cruise. Near what use to be a sleepy little town along the Li River, Guilin is now a thriving city mostly because of the Li River Cruise there and the work of the local Tourist Bureau. The Guilin area in ancient days was actually the bottom of the ocean now pushed up with the many hay stack like hills for many miles around. Snaking through these beautiful carst hills is the narrow and shallow Li River. The cruise on these many small boats includes lunch and lasts about 4.5 hours of fantastic scenery through the countryside to the village of Yangshuo once visited by Presidents Carter and Clinton. The real attraction of Yangshuo village now is a wonderful evening show on the river with over 900 local people participating along with many animals. Having been produced by the man who did the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics, it is not to be missed. If you like caves some of the boats stop at Crown Cave on the way but you must book that specific cruise to include the cave tour. The area around Guilin has much to see also and as a Tour Operator and China Travel Agency, I have worked several years in developing tours in that area to include hiking, biking, art, and many other wonderful things to see and do. Check out my web site for more information.  Click on the photo for a full screen view!

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