Guilin and the Li River Cruise
      of Limestone Peaks
The glories of Guilin's scenery have long been celebrated
in Chinese art such as the painting above.  Here is a
place  visited by tourists for thousands of years.  Guilin is
often considered China's candidate for the world's most
beautiful spot.  A cruise on the Li River, best seen in
video, would help make that case to anyone, provided it's
clear enough to see the limestone peaks, with no mist.
An armada of boats carry tourists down the Li River,
where the limestone peaks appear in different
stunning formations around every turn.  This was my
best group shot.  Lunch is served on the boat, but I
preferred to stay on the top deck taking pictures.
Another stunning array, which you can see in a wider
shot by clicking on my
highlights page .
It's the foliage, providing that green color, which
makes all the difference.  If the peaks were bare,
they would be far less attractive.  Along the Li river
are many farms, and the boats of fishermen who use
cormorants.  On my video are water buffalo looking
very comfortable bathing in the river.
After the cruise, a visit to Reed Flute Cave.  Here
the Chinese use artificial lighting to create
rainbow effects that are nothing like natural cave
colors.
Not real colors, but still very distinctive.
If you have a high speed internet connection, watch the Intrepid
Berkeley Explorer's free film of this trip by clicking on:
The Last Emperor's Home Video