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- a stunning river and mountain scenery -

- and ancient traditional villages -
 
 
 


Li River
A unique mountain scenery -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)




The area around the Li River is spectacular, and the area is easily accessible which has made Guilin and Yangshuo a paradise for tourists.
That automatically makes it a nightmare for travelers like myself!
However,- if you do NOT take the compulsory Li River cruise, with its screaming loudspeakers and far too loud music, but take a quiet hike along the river, then you have struck gold!
You can walk for days along the river banks surrounded by uniquely shaped mountains, and as an extra bonus, you will pass through several traditional farm villages where time seems to have stopped for long time ago.
There are several places where small local ferries can take you across the river to the opposite bank.
The only thing that spoils the harmony is when the tourist boats starts their trips and spoils the view and the tranquil atmosphere with their noise and the turmoil they create.
It really can be too much, and at one point I could see 22 tourist boats on the river at the same time.
The good thing is, that it looks as if they all go at the same time, and only make two trips a day.
In between you have the river and the scenery to yourself, and can fully enjoy the river, the mountains and not at least the villages, which the tourists do no see.

In the following I will show some of the impressions Kit Yu and I got from a 20 km. long hike along the Li river!

Please enjoy - - -  :-)
 
 




Li River
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)

Here the starting point for a truly spectacular hike.  Note the endless row of tourist buses and the fleet of tourist boats on the opposite river bank.  Do not waste your time and money on those tourist traps, - they are terrible expensive -, but instead take the local ferry you can see on this picture. It will take you across the river for a few cents. Then walk and simply follow the footpaths along the river - - -
 
 



Li River
Soon the first village shows up -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


Li River village
The "main road" through the village - - - No cars here - - -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


Li River Village
And another view along the "main road"
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


Li River Village
- with wonderful details - -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


Li River Village
- and narrow side street - - -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


Li River Village
A view into the courtyard of a traditional Chinese farm house - -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


Li River
- and of course; - we must NOT forget the river.
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


Li River
Here Kit Yu approaches one of the local ferry boats to take us across to the other side -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


Li River
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


Li River
- on the trail -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


Li River
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


Li River
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


Li River
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


Li River
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


Li River
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 

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