So here’s another Li River scene, taken a little downstream from yesterday’s image, closer to the cliff in the distance in the right in that photo.

The karst limestone formations in the distance look like the serrated backs of sleeping dragons. From this landscape it’s hardly surprising that the dragon is so prevalent in Chinese culture. With the haze here it looks as though the distant hills could indeed be a dragon’s lair.

Having spent most of the trip in cities of one sort or another, this float through this rural part of China was a welcome change and unlike the buses and planes, by going on deck you could remove the window between yourself and the view passing by.

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Today’s photo is a more general Li River scene with the karst limestone formations stretching into the haze in the distance.

I really don’t recall the time of day and, being recorded on film, I’ve no EXIF data to fall back on. My memory tells me this would have been mid-morning.

I think the haze adds depth to this image. Had it been a ‘chamber of commerce day’ I’m not so sure the depth to the distant hills would have been so obvious.

As in Phang Nga Bay, the karst limestone formations here is formed by water eroding everything else to leave these rock pinnacles. No one’s really sure why these remnants didn’t also get dissolved but it certainly results in a dramatic landscape.

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As we cruised along the Li River, near Guilin in China, we passed this boat sitting high and dry out of the water.

Clearly the river was relatively low as the sprouting growth on the rock river banks testify. At the same time, that the banks are rocky and not muddy suggests that when the river does flood, either it’s flowing fast or it’s not carrying much sediment.

I’m still wondering how they got the boat onto these blocks. Were the blocks positioned and the boat floated onto them as the water receded after the last flood, or was the boat jacked up onto the blocks? Under the aft of the boat you can see some more traditional boat yard dry dock supports.

I’ve a feeling that the people seen here were living on the boat. You have the laundry hanging on the pole, the two women doing more laundry and perhaps most tellingly you have the pink fabric item in the open window of the aft superstructure. Well, maybe calling it a ‘superstructure’ is being overly generous.

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The fan salesman was just one of many river vendors who drew up alongside our boat was we cruised the Li River near Guilin, China.

The common form of small river transport in this region is the bamboo raft – a collection of bamboo poles lashed together to form a raft. In the case of this raft, they’ve used a very stylish pink lashing.

The locals typically stand on these rafts and punt them with a pole against the river bottom to move them around.

Approaching the cruiser, they grab onto a railing and then, as this guy is doing, display their wares and shout their prices.

This guy must have done quite well since he doesn’t have many items, if any, left in his basket. But, as I recall, there were no takers on my boat for the flashy silver fan he was offering us.

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I shot these reflections from the cruiser on the Li River near Guilin in China.

The river was quite low and had been for some time judging by the vegetation sprouting on the rocky shores of the river. Here and there would be a pond, water trapped by rock and sand bars in the river.

These reflections are of the karst limestone cliffs reflected in the still water of one of these ponds. Closer to me the wind is slightly stirring the surface of the water while alongside the rock face it’s glassy still.

The dip of the rock beds cause this reflection to form an arrow shape – there’s all sorts of shapes and patterns to be seen if you let your eyes linger.

The karst limestone formations are very similar to those of Phang Nga Bay in Thailand and formed in the same way.

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