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A journey through the Guilin karst region

Stunning green peaks tower over the Li River

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A search for iconic China often takes tourists to the Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors. But for a glimpse of natural beauty board a boat for a four-hour cruise down the Li River from Guilin to the picturesque city of Yangshuo.

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The limestone karst hills are also known as the gumdrop mountains.

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A fisherman works on the Li River in southwest China. The scenic waterway is also known as the “50-kilometre-long gallery.”

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A woman works in a rice field on the outskirts of Guilin, with karst peaks rising in the distance.

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Guilin means “forest of Sweet Osmanthus.” The trees are plentiful in the area.

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The mountains have names such as Moon over the Water, Painting Brush Peak and Five Tigers Catch a Goat.

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Beyond the mountains, rice farms extend into the countryside.

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