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Water-Dropping Village to Yangshuo

The third, but not the least section is from the Water-Dropping Village to Yangshuo, the ending point of the cruise trip. As the ending but highlight part of the cruise, Yangshuo is featured with its rural scenery of peasant villages, small bridges and endless fields. Green Lotus Peak and School-Boy Hill are two pleasant greetings in the last section of the Li River in this area.

Guilin-Li River Scenery 

Green Lotus Peak

To the southeast of Yangshuo Town, Green Lotus Peak is actually a range of green peaks in different sizes, resembling a blossoming lotus over the river. At the northeastern foot of the peak is a tower called Jinshan Tower. Originally built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), the two-storied antique architecture offering a good view of the river scenery.

School-Boy Hill

Not far away from the Green Lotus Peak, there is a standing pillar, resembling a school-boy reading a book. A legend goes that a pool boy had no chance to go to school and he was assigned to be a companion to the son of a rich lord in school. Finally, the intelligent poor boy passed the imperial exam while the lazy son of the rich lord failed. The boy refused to take any rewards or official position offered by the court and return to continue his study. The hill is said to be the boy.

 Attractions near Yangshuo
 Moon Hill
Moon Hill, Yangshuo
Moon Hill, located eight kilometers (five miles) south of the town of Yangshuo, is another well-known attraction in Yangshuo. There is a hole in its peak through which the sky can be seen like a full moon, hence the name. A flight of more than 800 steps winds its way up to the top of the hill. This is called 'Appreciating Moon Path' since a traveler walking along the winding path can see the sky through the hole from different angles, appearing as a full, half or crescent moon depending on the angle. The surrounding rural scenery is also very charming.

This attraction, together with the Big Banyan, three kilometers (1.86 miles) away is an ideal choice for cycling tourists.

Admission Fee:
CNY 10
Recommended Time for a Visit:
One Hour

 Tall Banyan

On the southern bank of Jinbao River in Gaotian Village, 7.5 kilometers (4.7 miles) south of Yangshuo Town, stands a tall Banyan with a huge and exuberant umbrella-like crown. It is 17 meters (56 feet) high and its trunk is over seven meters (23 feet) in circle. The dense crown shades an area of over 100 square meters (over 1000 square feet). The tree is said to be an ancient Banyan planted over 1,500 years ago in China's Jin Dynasty. With a limpid stream flowing at the foot of it, the great Banyan with its reflection on the calm water is very beautiful.

Admission Fee: CNY 18
Recommended Time for a Visit: 30 Minutes

 Recommended China Tour with Yangshuo
4 Days Guilin Tour: Luxury tour to Fubo Hill, Li River, Yangshuo and Elephant Trunk Hil
11 Days Classic China Tour: Small group tour to Beijing - Xian - Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin - Shanghai
13 Days China Tour with Yangshuo: Beijing - Xian - Shanghai - Guilin - Yangshuo -  Hong Kong