The paint­ing is alive, life is in the paint­ing

Vision Magazine - - Destinations -

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!

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