LONGSHENG RICE TERRACES he LI RIVER



Both the Longsheng Rice Terraces and the Li River are a sight to see. Towards the end of the Li River Cruise you have the choice to visit the rolling hills of the "dragons backbone" rice terraces. Among many other activities which teach much about the chinese lifestyle and their beliefs, the scenery is outstanding! There are many forms which the landscape takes, forming some shapes that take a little imagination to visualize as what they call it (f.e. elephant trunk hill).


Longsheng Rice Terraces in Spring
Longsheng Rice Terraces in Spring
Longsheng Rice Terraces~

The Longsheng Rice Terraces are quite a spectacular sight. especially for those who enjoy learning about agricultural farming. The rice in this region grows once a year, cultivated by quite a variety of minority groups (who have all managed to keep their own unique traditions), The unique form of growing the rice on the mountains was created by the people in the Yuan Dynasty and completed in the Qing Dynasty. The process it took to make this landscape has a history of about 700 years. The terraced field is about 885m in elevation. built along a mountain slope that is naturally grown. No modern invention was needed to grow the rice grown here. Every season there is a sight to behold at the Terraced Rice Fields here. In the spring the water
glistens as it prepares the bed for the seedlings to sprout. In the summer, it is green as the rice crops grow. As fall approaches it changes into gold, and in the winter, the mountains glisten with the white snow. The terraces have different features in different areas, so you shouldn't have to worry about which season would be the best time to visit this kind of natural scenery. Don't forget to take your camera! You'll need it



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LI RIVER



Li River
Li River

The Li River is equiped with a cruise, this cruise helps tourists see the many wonders that it holds. starting at the dock south of the Liberation Bridge in Guilin to Yangshuo at the end. This cruise helps many of the tourists see not only the cultural part of the chinese life, but the traditional and scenic part of it as well. At each stop stories are told which explain the scenery that is nearby or which they passed to get there. Traditionally the cruise is a several days trip. Each night they stop and take a break, separating the cruise into several parts. There is 3 parts in the cruise, and in each part there is several things which can be viewed in splendor and wonder. Some of the views which can be spotted in the first part of the cruise is the Elephant-Trunk Hill, Rooster Fighting Hill, Pagoda HIll, Forest of Odd Shaped Peaks, Daxu Ancient Town and Ox Gorge. In the second section, from Ox Gorge to Water-Dropping Village, the scenery there is Wangfu Rock (Yearning-for-Husband's-Return Rock), Crown Cave, Half-Side Ferry, Yangdi Village, Mural HIll, Yellow Cloth Shoal, and Xingping Landscape. The third section heading from Water-Dropping Village to Yangshuo where you can see Snail Hill, Green Lotus Peak (Bilian Peak), and Schoolboy HIll (Shutong Hill). The scenery is equally beautiful. Yangshuo is located some 90kilometers south of Guilin City. Yangshuo is a town small enough that after one month of being there everyone'll know you. This is the best choice for those who want to explore chinese life. Yangshuo is also a great place for hikes, and cycling. There's also a 1-hour long bamboo raft trip along the Yulonghe River.


Another view of the Li River
Another view of the Li River



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Li River Cruise Route


Map of the Li River
Map of the Li River




Li River Cruise


1. Guilin to Ox Gorge

Ox Gorge is about 30 km (18.6 miles) from Guilin City. It lies south of Millstone Hill. Ox Gorges name comes from the landscape ; long and narrow river, with most of the mountains surrounding it shaped like oxen. The other shapes that the mountains there are shaped like lions, tigers, horses, and embroidery balls.

The Li River is split into 2 branches at Ox Gorge. There is a sand beach in the river there that is split into three parts that have all been redone several times. The left part is now set as the present-day mainstream of the river. (there was a famous traveler who saw this place, and highly regarded the grand view formed by the water slapping against the sheer cliff there. His name was Xu Xiake, alive in the Ming Dynasty 1868-1644)

There are nine stones in the river. According to legend, they were formed from nine oxen. because of this, the scene is named "Nine Oxen Playing with Water". This river area is different from any other scenery you see in other spots along the Li River in the fact that the absurd stones as well as the elegant peaks and open river area make for quite an interesting appearance.

At the end of the sand beach, there is a deep pool called Chenxiang Pool under the cliff of Stone Hill. It is one of three deep pools in the Li River. There are many dragon-like stalactites that hang from the cliff over the pool. This scene is noted the "Dragons Playing with Water."
Ox Gorge is the boundary between the first and second section of Li River Cruise.

Elephant-Trunk Hill, Rooster Fighting Hill, Pagoda HIll, Forest of Odd Shaped Peaks, Daxu Ancient Town and Ox Gorge.



2. Ox Gorge to Water-Dropping Village

This section of the Li River has a variety of mountain ranges and many weird shaped peaks. The major tourist attractions (besides the mountain ranges and peaks here) are the Wang Fu Rock, Caoping Village, Crown Cave, One-side Ferry; a boy worships Buddha, Wave-stone scenery, eight fairies crossing the River, the Mural HIll, Reflection of the Yellow Cloth and the Xingping Town.



Wangfu Rock (Yearning-for-Husband's-Return Rock), Crown Cave, Half-Side Ferry, Yangdi Village, Mural HIll, Yellow Cloth Shoal, and Xingping Landscape.
Wangfu Rock
Wangfu Rock
Crown Cave
Crown Cave
Yangdi Village
Yangdi Village
Mural Hill
Mural Hill

3. Water-Dropping Village to Yangshuo

The third, but not the least section is from the Water-Dropping Village to Yangshuo, the ending point of the cruise trip. As the ending but highlight part of the cruise, Yangshuo has rural scenery of peasant villages, small bridges and endless fields. Green Lotus Peak and School-Boy Hill are two welcoming attractions in the last section of the Li River.

Guilin-Li River Scenery
Guilin-Li River Scenery
Green Lotus Peak

Green Lotus Peak is Southeast of Yangshuo, Green Lotus Peak is actually a range of green peaks in different sizes, resembling a blossoming lotus over the river. At the Northeast part of the Green Lotus Peak is a tower called Jinshan Tower, built in the Tang Dynasty in 618-907, this two-storied building gives a good view of the river's scenery.

School-Boy Hill

Nearby the Green Lotus Peak, there is a standing pillar resembling a school-boy reading a book. A legend goes that a poor boy had no chance to go to school. When he was assigned to be a companion to the son of a rich lord in school, the intelligent poor boy passed the imperial exam through study while the lazy son of the rich lord failed. This boy refused to take any rewards or any of the official positions offered by the court and returned to continue his study. The hill is said to be the boy.


Snail Hill, Green Lotus Peak (Bilian Peak), and Schoolboy Hill (Shutong Hill)

Snail Hill
Snail Hill
front view of Green Lotus Peak
front view of Green Lotus Peak
Shutong Hill
Shutong Hill
For those who are interested in visiting this place. We suggest that you set aside alot of your time to do so. a good week or so should be sufficiant. and both places change throughout the season. so you'd have to visit it 4 times to have an understanding of what it's like. Remember that cameras, a watchful eye, and a willingness to enjoy the beauty you will behold here, are major keys in enjoying this wonderful sight. It is also a wonderful way to learn about the lifestyle of the chinese people. Those who visit these places wont regret it!