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Guilin & Yangshuo

Li River Cruise & comorant fishing

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Guilin

Guilin is a pretty, but overly touristed city. It is set among the karst limestone mountain formations cut by the Li River over millions of years.

On our second day in Guilin, we went on a cruise of the Li River and passed some of the most beautiful river scenery in China. In fact, one of the sites can be found on the back of China's 20 Yuan bank note.

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Our cruise lasted 4 hours and brought us to the picturesque town of Yangshuo. Yangshuo seemed to have been a quaint little town before the masses of Chinese & Western tourists took over and ruined its authentic character. Underneath the KFC signs and other commercial billboards and tourist knickknacks you can still make out a beautiful traditional Chinese town.

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After touring the town, we did a brief tour of the countryside and saw a 300 yr. old home which was built during the Ming Dynasty. The home was so old that the steps had been eroded by 300 yrs. of rain water falling from the roof top.

We then took off to watch fisherman use a traditional fishing technique that employs cormorants birds. The fisherman ties the bird's neck with string to avoid having it eat the fish. The bird is trained to come back to the fisherman to have him extract the fish from his mouth. It sounds cruel, and maybe it is, but it sure is effective. The birds are said to be able to catch 60 kilos of fish a day.

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Posted by edcastano 23:15 Archived in China Tagged cruises

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