The painting is alive, life is in the painting
Guilin is famous for its green mountains, clear waters, unusual caves and unique rock formations. The 426 kilometre long Li River, especially the 83 kilometres stretch running between Guilin and Yang Shuo is a place of unsurpassed natural beauty. The river is a jade belt meandering through the mountains on the two sides. The sky, the mountains, the trees, the banks and the waters make it a live painting and observers can feel a strong spiritual connection with such a mesmerising landscape!
Being the largest and most acclaimed karst resort region, Guilin has attracted and inspired innumerable scholars and poets from the past to the present. They paid tribute to Guilin’s natural beauty by engraving their poems on rocky limestone caves. Their verses have immortalised the natural splendours and culture of Guilin.
Taking a cruise on the Li River is a must for tourists. No matter the weather conditions, the panorama will work its magic on you. On a clear day, the sharp silhouette of the mountain that flanks the river is visible. On a cloudy day, one can see cloud and mist wrap around the mountains. On a rainy day, dreamy misty drizzle falls. The scene’s captivating power is even more intense when the sky turns gloomy and rain falls. You will see a vast expanse of mist-covered waters, mountains appearing indistinctly in a distance, clouds floating atop them and a rain blanket covering everything up lightly just like a veil. Doesn’t this magic conjure up a magnificent watercolour painting? And you are a part of that painting as your boat cruises on!