Southeast China near Vietnam and Laos is a beautiful area to visit. The air is clean. The sky blue. One morning, we left the hotel early to join a river cruise along the Li River. Click on the photos for a larger view.
Soon after leaving the dock, I snapped this shot of the boat in front of ours. While the tourists were on the upper decks, the cooks were preparing lunch. The dinning room is in the large, first-deck cabin.
Cruising the Li River will carry you past one of the ten places to see in China.
I couldn’t resist taking a picture of water buffalo eating the plants that grow under the water. They would dip their heads under and come up with a mouthfull of green.
Small boats and villages are scattered along the river.
I wasn’t the only tourist taking pictures. Most of the tourists were from the Chinese middle class.
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[…] While I have never visited Southwest China, a few years ago when my daughter was a student at Stanford University, she volunteered to travel to this area with a nonprofit that provided heart-related health care for poor children. The closest I came was when we flew to Southeast China and visited the Dragon’s Back and cruised along the Li River. […]
[…] I have already written about this one-day, four to five hour cruise, Here is the link to that post, but I added a newer video with this post. Much shorter than the Yangtze River, the Li River flows […]
Thank you. On that trip to China I took about 1,000 photos. We traveled from Shanghai to Beijing by rail (sleeper car—first time). From Beijing we flew to Xian. From Xian we flew back to Shanghai and then went by rail to the West Lake at Hangzhou southwest of Shanghai about 100 miles. Eventually, we flew to Southeast China near Guilin and went on the Li River cruise from there then moved out of our Guilin hotel and into a bed and breakfast in a village next to the Li River that I recommend.
We also hiked the Dragon’s Back and visited a natural cavern near Guilin.
Stunning. On the Li River, I stayed out on deck and skipped the meal. I didn’t want to miss a thing.