There is another saying, "If Guilin is a live person, the Li River would be the soul of Guilin." The lakes and river water system are one of the treasured beauties of the city. I enjoyed walking around the lake where two landmark pagodas are situated and several charming bridges cross the water. There are boat cruises on the lake and in the evening they showcase all the water features which are aglow with colored lights.
Our final day began with a heavy rainfall, which cleaned the air nicely for afternoon activities that followed morning meetings. The group cancelled their golf plans after finding the golf course to be quite a disappointment, and booked a boat trip down the Li River. Because we had already done that, Bob and I were provided with an opportunity to explore one of the many caves in the area. "Silver Cave" is located near Yangshuo where we would meet the others after their river cruise. This particular cave is one of the newer caves in the area, and is called "silver" because many of the formations inside this cave are younger and very white with calcium deposits. The cave was huge with stalactites hanging more than 30 yards long! And, of course, no cave tour would be complete without introducing you to formations with fanciful names, such as "The Giver of Life", and "A Mother's Love". (Need I say more?) In typical Asian style, the cave was lit with colored spotlights throughout, creating a fantasy land that was pretty, but a bit "cheesy" for my taste. The two kilometer walk through the caverns was pleasantly cool, although intensely humid. It was an interesting experience that I was glad to have enjoyed.
We met up with the group at West Street Market, where we did a little more haggling before dinner.
Our trip came to a conclusion by attending a show called "Impression, Sanjie Liu" which is staged in a fabulous outdoor setting on the Li River. The producers are famous Chinese film directors. The performance includes classical folk songs and traditional dances from Chinese minority ethnic groups. The staging was unique and impressive, with scenes taking place on stages which would emerge from the river, and lighting which showcased the spectacular karsts that provided a beautiful backdrop. With boats shining in the water, actors holding torches and dancers swirling in costumes which lit up and sparkled against the night sky, it was quite a visual feast. I could not capture the beauty with my camera, so you'll have to use your imagination!
"East to West, Guilin Scenery Is Best"