MAY 14, 2007

    Without a doubt, my visit to Guilin and the Li River was the highlight of the China trip.  The limestone structures known as karsts along the river are spectacular sights.  Deposits of limestone have been eroded away by water with the result of the limestone cores of hills forming sharp peaks.  Thus the area is known as a "forest of hills".  There are numerous sink-holes and caves throughout the area.  As we started down the Li River, the first peaks are sharper, more acute, than those later on.  As I viewed the peaks, I couldn't help but think of the Great Smoky Mountains and the layering of mountain peaks as seen through the haze.  A similar effect is seen in the northern part of the South Island of New Zealand as one rides the cross-channel ferry from the North to the South Islands.

    I took more pictures on this one day trip than on any other part of the trip.  And I must confess that I had a difficult task in eliminating pictures that would not make it onto these pages.  As a result, I have placed many pictures here for you to enjoy.  I have also made the large images a bit larger than for the other sites.

    Some of the pictures include a man fishing with his cormorants along.  The fisherman ties a band around the throat of the cormorant and lets it dive for fish.  The band prevents the cormorant from swallowing the fish so it is brought back to the fisherman.

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