From a source high in the Mao’er Mountain, the Li River sweeps south toward Guilin and into the world’s imagination. Millions each year take to its waters, weaving between poetic peaks and submerged islands in search of scenery that arguably epitomizes Chinese landscape beauty.
In the world’s eyes, Guilin’s karst hills and jade waters are quintessential China. Images of Guilin’s iconic karst peaks dignify conference rooms and lobbies across China. The use of the Li River as an emblematic subject of Chinese landscape painting received the ultimate stamp of approval when it was pressed on the 20 yuan banknote.