A cruise on the Li River takes you through some of China’s most unique landscape. We flew into the city of Guilin and were bussed to the smaller town of Yangshuo, where we spent 2 nights. Some river trips start in Guilin and end in Yangshuo but ours was a round-trip from Yangshuo. The fog burned off slowly during our morning cruise adding to the iconic look of the limestone karst hills. They are wonderful.
Life on the river – many people live in houseboats, water buffalo roam the river banks and people fish, using nets or cormorants.
These unusual hills give Chinese paintings their unique look. A local artist demonstrated how he captures the essence of the landscape. He began in the right lower corner of the paper and moved across to the top left. Working with black ink and different sized brushes, the trick is not letting the ink run or drip.
This painting took about an hour, start to finish!