Photographer's Note

For centuries the Li River has attracted artists and poets and it is not difficult to see why. This is the region of China which I had most wanted to visit and I was not disappointed. We boarded our boat in the grey light before daybreak and we drifted along the river as the morning light and sounds emerged. The air was fresh and the river was tranquil, but for the occasional fisherman. The limestone pinnacles along the banks of this river - for which the geological name is karst - all have delightful names, such as “Looking out for husband rock”, “Snail hill”, and “Nine horses painted hill”.

After an hour or so we turned back along the river towards Xing Ping and the sun appeared from behind the pinnacles and I managed to get this shot from the boat. As we arrived back in Xing Ping, hordes of large boats carrying tourist groups were just starting to leave, and we were thankful to have enjoyed such a tranquil early morning trip.

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Additional Photos by Susanna Leon (sleon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 724 W: 76 N: 2025] (9402)
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