The poetic Li River is one of Guilin’s most famous scenic destinations, renowned for its natural beauty and unique topography. Floating along the peaceful waters, you can get a taste of life outside the hustle and bustle of the neighboring metropolis. Like a jade ribbon, the river flows from Mt. Cat in northeast Guilin and winds its way 106 miles (170 km) southeast through Guilin, Yangshuo, Pingle, and Zhaoping, to meet the Xi River in Wulin. The landscape is adorned with rolling hills, caves, steep cliffs, and leisurely boats meandering down the river. Although you can enjoy the tranquil scenery of the river all year round, the Chinese believe the view is most enchanting when there is a light layer of mist floating on the hills.