Li River Selected as One of the World's Top Ten Watery Wonders by National Geographic
Li River, one of China’ most famous scenic areas, was listed as one of the world’s top ten watery wonders by America’s National Geographic Magazine. Others on the list include Great Barrier Reef, Canals of Venice, Nile River, and Dead Sea.
"China’s Li River snakes through a fairy-tale landscape of conical limestone peaks, its smooth waters exquisitely mirroring the magical scenery”, quoted by National Geographic on their website.
Li River (watch video) runs through Guilin City, a popular tourist city in China featuring beautiful landscape and ethnic villages. This 83-kilometer (51 miles)-long waterway from Guilin to Yangshuo is often said to be a natural gallery. To admire the beauty of Li River, visitors either take a short cruise (about 4 hours) or simply hike a stretch. Along the river banks, oddly-shaped hills rise into the sky, lush groves of bamboo grow, and local farmers till their fields. When the cruise ends, visitors reach Yangshuo, a backpackers’ paradise for its exotic mixture of leisurely local farm life and western atmosphere.
The image of Li River was printed on the current series of the 20 yuan banknote. Many distinguished guests had visited the beautiful Li River, including former US President Bill Clinton, former US President George Bush, and Bill Gates. See VIPs that visited Li River with China Highlights.
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