The Li Jiang or Li River is a 437-kilometer long river in Guangxi. It rises in the Mao’er mountains in Xing’an County and flows through Guilin and Yangshuo, before it flows into the Gui Jiang. At Guilin, the Li River meanders like a blue ribbon of silk through the mountains, resembling emerald-green hairpins. It is the epitome of a harmoniously beautiful landscape in China. This is why it is the subject of so many paintings and even adorns the back of the 20 RMB bills. The Li River is considered one of the ‘Top 10 Water Wonders’ in the world.
The mountains around Guilin had formed 200 million years ago when the sea retreated and released by plate tectonics raised surveys. Over the millennia, these unique karst formations have given the landscape its distinctive look today. The beautiful scenery stimulates not only the spirit but also the imagination of the people. Thus, the most various myths and legends entwine around the unusual formations of the karst mountains, comparable with the karst landscape around Vang Vieng, Laos.