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The Li River, also called Lijiang, meanders its way gracefully in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of China. It stretches between Guilin and Yangshuo over a distance of 83 kilometers. The river is most popular due to the scenic Karst Mountains that those who cruise the river get to see. Below are some few interesting facts about the river that you may want to check out.

10 Interesting facts about the Li River

 

The Li River, also called Lijiang, meanders its way gracefully in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of China. It stretches between Guilin and Yangshuo over a distance of 83 kilometers. The river is most popular due to the scenic Karst Mountains that those who cruise the river get to see. Below are some few interesting facts about the river that you may want to check out.

1. The river originates from Mao'er Mountains in Xing'an County.

2. The Li River's upper section is connected to Xiang River which drains into the Yangtze – the largest river in China and Asia. This delta formed an important travel route as it connected the Yangtze travellers to the Pearl River Delta.

3. The unusual Karsts topography along the river's banks is compared to the Halong Bay in Vietnam and thus a good alternative destination to the bay.

4. The Seven-Star Park – the largest park in Guilin, is part of the Li River ecosystem and thus draws huge number of tourists who come to see the karst topography and exotic wildlife.

5. The Elephant-Trunk Hill is the symbol of the city of Guillin. It is shaped like a huge elephant drinking water.

6. Some of the other attractions along the river and which interest the tourists includes; Pagoda Hill, Forest of Odd-Shaped Peaks, Duxu Ancient Town, and the Ox Gorge. .

7. The Lingqu Canal along the Li River was dug in 214 BC. It is the oldest existing Canal in the world and a symbol of ancient water conservation practices by the ancient Chinese.

8. The Li River is featured on the 20 Yuan note in the fifth series release. This indicates how much premium is put on the river by the Chinese government.

9. Huashan-Lijiang National Folklore Park is part of the Li River Tourism circuit. It is one of the most beautiful National Parks in the world.

10. The Li River has seen a huge number of artists, writers and poets canonize it in written and painted word. It is the most written about river in China – even more than the majestic Yangtze. Note that most cruises start from Hong Kong and then docks on various other towns.