China – Day Four: Karst Climbing Kids
Yangshuo, Xingping and the Karst Framed Li River – a UNESCO World Heritage site.
In this area of China over fifty percent of days in all seasons are so misty, you see no view at all. And no, it’s not pollution – it’s just the way the land filters the thermals.
Today has not been a classically beautiful ‘bright blue skies and sunshine’ day. However, we feel honoured to have had the opportunity to see the karst laden landscape without much mist. We did a 2 hour river-raft trip, luckily seeing the Cormorant Fishermen. These are rarely-seen legends of the past who train their cormorants from birth. Their method involves slipping a piece of cord around the bird’s neck. Loose enough for it to be comfortable, but tight enough for it to be unable to consume the fish it catches. The fishermen then collect the fish from the Cormorants and reward them with every eighth catch. And if you think Cormorants can’t count – think again! Each boat has between 3 and 6 Cormorants.
On to lunch, which was in XingPing, an ancient village in the foothills of Karst territory. We found a fantastic local restaurant and afterwards, we took a walk through town.
The Highest Karst
After lunch, our guide took us along a karst pass-road, giving us spectacular views through the area. Then onto a lesser-known climb right to the top of one of the highest karsts (800m) for one of the best views I’ve ever seen. Simply breathtaking. Typically, the sun came out at sunset on our drive back to Guilin. Hopefully, that means better weather for tomorrow, at the Rice Terraces of Longji.
Tonight we hit Guilin!
If you want to see a Chinese city at night, click here to read our account of how it feels!