Originating from Mao'er Mountain of Xing'an County in the northeast of Guilin City, the Lijiang River flows across Guilin and reaches Yangshuo, with a total length of over 100 kilometers. A boat trip down the peaceful Li River is the absolute high point of any visit to Guilin. Gorgeous Karst peaks bring an amazing new scene at each bend of the peaceful river. Water buffalo patrol the fields, peasants toil in the rice paddies, school kids and fisherman float by on bamboo rafts.
With its breathtaking scenery and taste of a life far removed from the concrete metropolis, the scenery along the Li River become one of China's top tourist destinations. Yangshuo, at the end of the boat journey is today a developed village that thrives mainly on tourism. A round trip from Guilin to Yangshuo is often accomplished by boat down the river and bus back to Guilin.