Alisa’s Travel Theme this week is ‘Peaks’. An old Chinese saying states that “Guilin’s mountain and water scenery is the best under Heaven.” I’m sure this is correct, as the most picturesque and amazing peaks I have seen, are those along the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo.
A leisurely cruise along the Li River will afford you a wonderful view of Guilin’s famous natural karst formations.
In the early morning light, these mountains which rise straight up from an otherwise flat landscape, looked quite ghostly.
The limestone karsts looming large, make for a dramatic backdrop to the charming scenes of village houses which stand right along the water’s edge.
Guilin is situated on what was once an ancient ocean floor, and the limestone peaks are made up of shells and also the skeletons of long extinct marine animals which lived millions of years ago. This is their final resting place, beneath the greenery of the towering peaks.
As you can see, they are all shapes and sizes, and the scenic views look just like an artist’s masterpiece.
It’s a most beautiful and fascinating landscape, and as you may imagine, there are many myths and legends woven around these iconic peaks.
If you want to learn more about the history of how these peaks came into being, just click this link.
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