The poetic and picturesque Li River originates in Mountain Mao'er (Cat) at Xin'an county, about 80 km in the northeast of Guilin. It winds and meanders its way for 170 kilometers, passing through Guilin, Yangshuo to the outlet of Gongchen river in Pingle county and then joins the Xi River, which is the upper reaches of Pearl River. The 83-km-long section from Guilin to Yangshuo has the best scenery and is the masterpiece of Li River, decorated with rolling hills, steep cliffs, fantastic caves, leisurely boats and lined bamboos, which constitute a fascinating hundred-kilometer picture gallery. Gorgeous Karst pinnacles give you surprises at each bend of the limpid river under the blue sky. Its banks are covered with lush bamboo and luxuriantly green woods.
The Li River also is a pleasant setting for displays of cormorant fishing. Fishermen on bamboo rafts use strong lights suspended over the water to attract the fish. The cormorants, which are tethered with rings round the base of their necks, catch the fish and then disgorge them for the fishermen.